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Royal London One-Day Cup Preview: Gloucestershire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset are in Royal London One-Day Cup action tomorrow (Sunday) when we travel to the Brightside Ground to face Gloucestershire.

Play is due to start at 11am.

Currently Somerset are top of the South Group table with a maximum eight points from our opening four matches whilst Gloucestershire are fourth with four points.

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

HEAD TO HEAD

In List A cricket the two sides have met on 67 occasions. Somerset have won 31 of these matches, Gloucestershire have won 29 times whilst two matches have ended in no result and five have been abandoned.

The highest team total by Somerset is 333 for four at Taunton in 2008, while for Gloucestershire it is 328 for eight at the same venue in 2006.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 184 by Marcus Trescothick at Taunton in 2008, while for Gloucestershire it is 154 not out by Mike Procter at the same venue in 1972.

The best bowling return for Somerset in List A matches between the two sides is six for 30 by Andy Caddick at Taunton in 1992, while for Gloucestershire it is six for 18 by David Lawrence in 1990.

In the last match between the two sides at at Bristol in May 2017 it was Somerset who won by 81 runs D/L Method.

After opting to bat first, Somerset posted 303 for five off 49 overs thanks in no small part to 101 not out from Adam Hose.

In reply the hosts were all out for 215 in 41.5 overs.

TEAM NEWS

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

Tom Abell (c), Azhar Ali, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Craig Overton, Peter Trego and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Peter Trego said: “Gloucestershire are always a very well organized one-day outfit and it’s always a challenge when you go there to play.

“They are always well drilled, so we’ll have to be right on it, put in a performance and try to take the points from the game. That will help us to get to that all important qualification spot.

“I don’t think there are any weak sides on paper in this competition. It’s just about who’s in form. At the moment we’ve got the form, so its crucial that we capitalize on it.

“Hopefully that will last all season, but there are going to be some tough times and within each game there are going to be some partnerships built that we have to try and break.

“There are also going to be partnerships to be built for us as batsmen when we are going to have to dig in and bat out a few dot balls.

“At the moment the whole side has got momentum, but it’s going to be hard to keep hold of that. However, we’ll keep on wrestling with it and if we can keep hold of it until the end of the season that will reflect in our Championship cricket and hopefully the Vitality Blast later in the year.

“We always go out there with the mindset of winning the game and having a positive contribution as an individual. That’s what we’re all talking about and what we will try to continue to do.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Of players to face 30+ balls during the death overs of last year’s Royal London One-Day Cup, James Hildreth had the highest strike rate (216.66).

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are traveling to the match you can find everything you need to know by visiting the Gloucestershire CCC website

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match in the competition is on Wednesday when we travel to Radlett CC to take on Middlesex.

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