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Royal London Cup Preview: Somerset v Yorkshire Vikings

THE MATCH

Somerset take on Yorkshire Vikings at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Royal London Cup tomorrow (Sunday).

Play will get underway at 11am with gates opening at 10am.

Tickets are still available for this match.

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Members are reminded that they need to bring their e-ticket and that guest passes are not valid for this fixture.

This match will see Somerset County Cricket Club and 40 Commando Royal Marines come together for a special matchday activation.

As part of the day, the Royal Marine marching band will be in attendance, whilst their recruitment team and activation team will be on hand to provide a host of activities. There will also be a variety of combat equipment on display plus an unarmed combat demonstration will take place in the fan village. The Royal Marine Cricket Team will also be hosting a reunion on the day.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can keep up to date with the match via our Match Centre and on our Twitter feed.

An enhanced live stream will be available for fans to watch via this website and our YouTube channel.

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

HEAD TO HEAD

Somerset have played Yorkshire 56 times in List A cricket. Somerset have won 29 of the matches, Yorkshire have won 24 times, one game was abandoned and there have been two no results.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 345 for four at Taunton in 2005, and for Yorkshire it is 343 for nine in the same fixture.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 140 not out by Peter Trego at Taunton in 2013, whilst for Yorkshire it is 148 by Anthony McGrath at Taunton in 2006.

The best bowling for Somerset is five for 27 by Joel Garner at Bath in 1985, whilst for Yorkshire it is six for 15 by Fred Trueman at Taunton in 1965.

The last time that the two sides met in List A cricket was at Scarborough in 2015. Somerset won the game by six wickets.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Yorkshire were limited to 175 all out from 49.5 overs. Peter Trego was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four for 29 from 8.5 overs.

An excellent 80 from Tom Abell helped his side reach their target with 11.5 overs to spare.

TEAM NEWS

Royal London Cup Head Coach, Paul Tweddle has named the following squad for the match: Ben Green, Kasey Aldridge, Sonny Baker, George Bartlett, Eddie Byrom, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, George Drissell, James Hildreth, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ned Leonard, James Rew and Sam Young.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Paul Tweddle said: “The way that we’ve performed and the character that we’ve shown when faced with different challenges has been impressive so far. Hopefully, that will continue on Sunday.

“We don’t get to play Yorkshire a lot in white-ball cricket. It will be a tough game and they picked up a lot of momentum in their Vitality Blast campaign, which they’ve transferred to the Royal London Cup.

“We’re expecting a big crowd on Sunday and it’ll be a huge day for everyone. We know how much cricket means to the people of the South West and every single player is so grateful for the support they get. They love playing in front of a packed house, especially in Taunton.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

For the foreseeable future, we will continue to have robust protocols in place within the Ground to protect our Members, spectators and staff.  These will include continuing to collect track and trace information, the recommendation that face masks be worn when moving around the Ground and particularly when indoors or in enclosed spaces. Monitoring ingress and egress through specific gates and hand sanitiser points will remain in situ throughout the Ground.

Our COVID-19 Spectator Code of Conduct will also remain in force.

Everything you need to know about visiting the Cooper Associates County Ground can be found here.

ENTRANCE TIMES AND GATES

Gates will open at 10am.

We request that you enter the Cooper Associates County Ground via the gate closest to your allocated stand where possible.

Please note that the area between the Ondaatje Family Stand and the Trade Nation Stand is a no-go zone.

WI-FI

Don’t forget that our ground-wide Wi-Fi network is fully operational.

The Wi-Fi is completely free of charge and to connect all you have to do is select the option: “_WeAreSomerset” in your settings and enter a valid email address.

You can also update your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.

With the new Wi-Fi you can browse the internet around the Cooper Associates County Ground. This means, for example, that our matchday live stream can be accessed without using your data, meaning instant replays of all the action on the field are available at no extra cost to you.

FOOD & DRINK

A wide selection of hot and cold food and drinks will be available from the following outlets:

  • Stragglers Coffee House
  • Terrace Concession (Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Upper Tier)
  • Somerset Bar (Somerset Stand Block 1)
  • The Great Catch Fish & Chip Bar (Lord Botham Stand)
  • Botham Bar (Lord Botham Stand)

Each concession is fully stocked with range of hot and cold options to suit all tastes.

Members and supporters are encouraged to use the outlet nearest to their seat. Also, please remember that the Cooper Associates County Ground is now a cashless venue.

RAINBOW LACES

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will be celebrating Rainbow Laces alongside Stonewall this weekend.

It’s the fourth year the game has come together to celebrate LGBTQ+ inclusion in cricket, and this year the activity will take in the Royal London One-Day Cup and The Hundred.

ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said: “I’m proud to see our game standing squarely behind inclusion.

“We’re driven by our desire to open up the game to as many people as possible. We want cricket to be a game for everyone and we want the LGBTQ+ community to both feel welcome and able to be themselves in our sport.

“The rainbow laces and the rainbow stumps are a powerful symbol of support, and it’s good to see the players and the wider game reaffirming our desire to be a sport that everyone feels they can be involved in.”

NEXT MATCH

Our next match is on Thursday August 5th when we travel to the Kia Oval to take on Surrey in the Royal London Cup.

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