Royal London One-Day Cup Preview: Somerset v Essex Eagles
Somerset welcome Essex Eagles to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Royal London One-Day Cup tomorrow (Friday). This will be the first day/night match played under our stunning new floodlights.
Somerset are currently top of the South Group after claiming a maximum six points from the opening three matches. Essex are sixth in the table with two points from their three fixtures.
Gates will open at 11am with play due to get underway at 1pm.
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HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
The match is being televised live on Sky Sports Cricket and therefore there will be no live stream available.
In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
The two sides have met on 50 occasions in List A cricket. Somerset have won 20 times whilst Essex have come out on top 25 times. Three matches were abandoned, there was one no result and one match was tied.
The highest score for Somerset is 312 for six at Taunton in 2010, while for Essex it is 334 for six also at Taunton in 2017.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is 116 by Viv Richards at Taunton in 1978 while for Essex it is 138 by Graham Gooch at Chelmsford in 1981.
The best bowling for Somerset is six for 34 by Allan Jones at Westcliff-on-Sea in 1971, and for Essex it is five for 19 by Keith Boyce at Chelmsford in 1977.
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 claimed three for 34 from 7.2 overs as Essex were dismissed for 126 in 38.2 overs. During the visitor’s innings the Somerset skipper bowled his maximum eight overs without conceding a single run – setting a record that is unlikely ever to be beaten.
Somerset slipped to 82 for eight but 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.
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, Jason said: “The results so far have given us great confidence going in to this match against Essex. Confidence and momentum are huge in sport and the guys are really looking forward to it.
“To be playing under the lights for the first time is exciting for the Club and for the players. It’s something that we’re all looking forward to and hopefully we can get the right result. Everyone one’s excited but at the end of the day it’s still a game of cricket and everyone still has to execute their skills and deliver.
“Essex are traditionally a strong white-ball side and we certainly won’t be taking anyone lightly in the competition.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Craig Overton was Somerset’s leading wicket taker during last season’s Royal London One-Day Cup with 12 wickets. 10 of his 12 victims were right-handers. He was more economical against left-handers though, conceding 4.83 runs per over compared to 6.42 against right-handers.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
If you are coming to the match all the information that you need can be found in our comprehensive match-day information page. This covers everything from planning your journey to where you eat when you get here.
Please note that the Firepool carpark will be open until 10pm tomorrow evening.
FOOD & DRINK
Our brand new fan village is situated in the St James Street side of the Ground which includes a large marquee bar, Ayala Champagne Bar, Gin & Sin, Mint & Mustard, The Hot Sausage Company, Pancake Pod, Spudshack, Bearclaw meats, Woody Baloo’s pizza, That’s Nacho Burrito, Superjuice and an ice cream van.
Bars will be open in: Stragglers Coffee House, the Sir Ian Botham Stand, the Somerset Stand and the County Room. In addition to this, a Hop & Bottle Bar will be open in the Priory Bridge Road side of the Ground.
In addition to the food village, the following catering outlets will be open: Stragglers Coffee House, The new and improved “Great Catch” Fish & Chip shop in the Ian Botham Stand, Granny Gothards Ice Cream Parlour (Somerset Stand), Somerset Pavilion concessions – roof top & ground floor
KIDS ACTIVITY ZONE
Our Kids Activation Zone will be set up in the St James Street side of the Ground.
Make sure you visit the Somerset Cricket Board Coaches and try out your skills!
CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST
Former Somerset County Cricket Club Chairman, Andy Nash will be running the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.
Andy hopes to raise £26,000 – £1,000 a mile – for the charity, which provides hospice care for hundreds of children and their families all over the South West.
As part of his fundraising efforts, Andy and volunteers from Children’s Hospice South West are joining us at the Cooper Associates County Ground. They will be based in a gazebo in the St James Street side of the Ground and will be carrying out a collection. They will also be selling raffle tickets. Raffle prizes include: a day of Championship cricket in an executive suite hosted by Peter Trego, a Club Joint Membership, a signed 2019 Somerset cricket bat plus a signed copy of Andy Nash’s book. The draw will take place on Sunday June 30th.
All money raised will go to support the outstanding work that Children’s Hospice South West do.
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