Royal London One-Day Cup Preview: Essex v Somerset


Somerset travel to the Cloud FM County Ground tomorrow (Friday) to take on Essex in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Somerset are currently second in the South Group table with four points from our three matches whilst Essex are sixth with two points from their three matches.

The match is due to start at 2pm.


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


The two sides have met on 49 occasions in List A cricket with Somerset winning 20 of the matches and Essex coming out on top 24 times. Three matches were abandoned, there was one no result and one match was tied.

The first List A match between the two sides came in the 40-over Player’s County League at Johnson Park, Yeovil in July 1969.

After winning the toss Somerset Captain Brian Langford asked the visitors to bat.

Greg Chappell was the destroyer-in-chief, claiming three for 34 from 7.2 overs as Essex were dismissed for 126 in 38.2 overs. Peter Robinson also claimed two wickets.

However during the visitors innings the Somerset skipper Langford bowled his maximum 8 overs without conceding a single run- setting a record that will never be beaten.

Somerset also struggled with the bat and slipped to 82 for eight.

However, 36 from Chappell and 26 not out from Graham Burgess saw Somerset reach their required target from 39.1 overs to win the match by two wickets.


The last meeting between the two teams was at the Cooper Associates County Ground on May 14th 2017.

Somerset won the toss and elected to field.

Tom Westley (100), Ravi Bopara (92*) and Alistair Cook (65) helped the hosts to a total of 334 for six from their allotted overs. Craig Overton and Roelof van der Merwe both claimed two wickets for Somerset.

The Somerset reply got off to a solid start as Johann Myburgh and Jim Allenby put on 64 for the first wicket. Myburgh was the man to go for an explosive 57 from just 28 balls. Allenby went on to make 77 but the home side were eventually dismissed for 262 from 43.2 overs as Essex won by 72 runs.


Somerset will be without Jack Leach (broken thumb), Josh Davey (Quad) and Tom Abell (finger).

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

Tom Banton, Steve Davies, Ben Green, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matt Renshaw, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren and Max Waller.


Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Unfortunately we didn’t quite get over the line against Sussex earlier this week, but there were always going to be a few speed-bumps along the road in this journey. It was our first loss and it’s important that we bounce back against Essex.

“The game at the Chelmsford is a day/night game and that will present a different challenge for us but we are really looking forward to it. We’ll go there still full of confidence and it will come down to whoever plays better on the day.

“We’ve got a few injures to deal with and will be without Jack, Tom and Josh. However, that creates opportunities for others. If you’re going to be successful over a long period of time you need depth in the squad and therefore there is a real opportunity for guys to stand up and show what they’re capable of.”


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