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Royal London Cup Preview: Warwickshire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to Edgbaston to face Warwickshire in the Royal London Cup tomorrow (Thursday).

Play will get underway at 11am.

Somerset are currently fifth in Group B with eight points from seven matches, whilst Warwickshire are seventh with six points from the same number of games.

The winners of the group will qualify for a home semi-final.

The second placed team will earn a home quarter-final, and the team who finishes third will have an away quarter-final.

HOW CAN SOMERSET QUALIFY FOR THE NEXT STAGE?

Somerset will finish second in the group if we we beat Warwickshire and Yorkshire don’t beat Glamorgan, and Surrey don’t beat Derbyshire.

Somerset will finish third if we beat Warwickshire and Yorkshire don’t beat Glamorgan, and Surrey beat Derbyshire OR if Yorkshire beat Glamorgan, and Surrey don’t beat Derbyshire.

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 faced Warwickshire on 59 occasions in List A cricket. Somerset have come out on top 25 times, Warwickshire have won 27 times, two games have been abandoned and there have been five no results.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 339 for nine at Edgbaston in 1995, whilst for Warwickshire it is 357 for three in the same match.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 139 not out by Viv Richards at Taunton in 1978, whilst for Warwickshire it is 151 by Nick Knight at Edgbaston in 1995.

The best bowling for Somerset is five for 23 by Steffan Jones at Taunton in 1998, whilst for Warwickshire it is five for 41 by Imran Tahir at Lord’s in the 2010 CB40 final.

TEAM NEWS

Ben Green returns to take up the captaincy after his period of isolation but James Rew is still absent due to Covid-19 protocols.

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, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, George Drissell, James Hildreth, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ned Leonard, George Thomas and Sam Young.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of this match, Paul Tweddle said: “It’s a massive game and everyone is really up for it. We know what we have to do and we will concentrate on what we can control, and that’s putting in a good performance. We have to continue to follow the processes that have got us to this point in terms of winning games.

“To qualify for the next stages of the competition would be a massive achievement for everyone involved with the squad. It would be recognition for everyone who has put in so much hard work. I’m really proud of the guys. They’ve put in some really good performances in front of packed houses and it’s been really pleasing to see them perform on such a big stage.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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