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PRE-SEASON PREVIEW: SOMERSET V WARWICKSHIRE

THE MATCH

Somerset begin a three-day pre-season red-ball match against Warwickshire at the Oval 2, Abu Dhabi tomorrow (Tuesday). Play is due to get underway at 6am (GMT).

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

Where available, updates will be posted on our Twitter feed.

In addition to this a report on the day’s play, along with quotes, will be posted after the close.

HEAD TO HEAD

The last time the two sides met in red-ball cricket was in the 2017 Specsavers County Championship at Edgbaston.

After winning the toss Somerset Captain, Tom Abell elected to bat.

The skipper top scored in his sides first innings, making 82 as Somerset were all out for 282. Eddie Byrom (43) and Steve Davies (46) were the other standout performers with the bat.

The Somerset bowlers then ripped through the Warwickshire lineup as the hosts were dismissed for 146. Jack Leach (five for 50) and Craig Overton (four for 33) were the main scourge of the home batsmen.

Somerset pressed home their advantage in the second innings as a vintage century from Marcus Trescothick (119*) and half centuries from James Hildreth (68) and Abell (51) saw the visitors declare on 265 for four.

Despite firm resistance from Jonathan Trott (74) and Jeetan Patel (42), Warwickshire were all out for 232 as Somerset triumphed by 169 runs.

Groenewald was the pick of the bowlers in the second innings, claiming five for 58.

TEAM NEWS

Jamie Overton has passed a fitness test and is back in contention but Tom Banton has returned home from the tour due to acute tonsillitis.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for the match:

Tom Abell, Eddie Byrom, Marcus Trescothick, James Hildreth, George Bartlett, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Tim Groenewald, Josh Davey, Jack Leach, Jack Brooks, Dom Bess, Paul van Meekeren and Jamie Overton.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Jason Kerr said: “The lads have worked incredibly hard since we’ve been out here and we’ve had some good competitive 50-over cricket. Now it’s important that we make the transition to red-ball cricket.

“It’s important because it will give the bowlers the opportunity to bowl two or three spells and it will give the batters more time in the middle against quality opposition.

“It’s important that the guys stand up and maximise this opportunity as we start to look ahead to that first match against Kent.”

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next pre-season match begins on Tuesday March 26th when we take on Cardiff MCCU in a three-day pre-season match at the Cooper Associates County Ground. Entry to this match will be free of charge.

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