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Royal London Cup Preview: Surrey v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to the Kia Oval to take on Surrey in the Royal London Cup tomorrow (Thursday).

Play will get underway at 11am.

Tickets are still available for this match.

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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.

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 Surrey 65 times in List A cricket. Somerset have won 41 of the matches, Surrey have won 18 times, four games have been abandoned and there have been two no results.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 325 for six at Taunton in 2005, and for Surrey 296 for six at the Oval in 1998.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 165 not out by Roelof van der Merwe at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2017, whilst for Surrey it is 167 not out by Alec Stewart at the Oval in 1994.

The best bowling for Somerset is five for 14 by Joel Garner at Lord’s in the 1981 Benson & Hedges Cup final, whilst for Surrey it is five for 44 by Jade Dernbach at the Oval in 2007.

The last time that the two sides met in List A cricket was at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2019.

Somerset won the match by five wickets.

Tom Abell won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Former Somerset batsman Dean Elgar top scored with 64 as the visitors posted a total of 289 for nine from their 50 overs.

The Overton twins shared seven wickets between then.

An excellent 93 from James Hildreth, who was well supported by George Bartlett (57 not out) and Tom Banton (53), helped to ensure that Somerset reached the required total with 4.2 overs remaining.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset welcome back Marchant de Lange into the squad, but are without captain Ben Green who is currently undergoing a period of self-isolation after being a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The starting XI will be selected from the following: Steve Davies (WK), Sam Young, James Rew, James Hildreth, Lewis Goldsworthy, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Kasey Aldridge, Ned Leonard, Marchant De Lange, Sonny Baker, George Drissell. 

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Royal London Cup Head Coach, Paul Tweddle said: “During this competition, a number of players will be going to grounds that they’ve never been to before. It’s important that they understand what playing at somewhere like the Oval brings. It’s a venue with a lot of history and hopefully the guys can put in a quality performance like those who have gone before them. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our players to show what they can do against a quality side at a great venue.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

For everything you need to know about this match please visit the official Surrey CCC website.

NEXT MATCH

Our next match is on Sunday August 8th when we take on Northamptonshire at Northampton in the Royal London Cup.

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