Royal London One-Day Cup Preview: Somerset v Essex
Somerset play our final home group match in this year’s Royal London One-Day Cup when we host Essex on Sunday starting at 11am.
Both sides have enjoyed a successful start to the competition this year and have won five out of their six matches so far and are currently first and second in the South Group table.
On Friday the hosts beat Gloucestershire at Bristol by 81 runs (D/L) while Essex beat Middlesex by seven wickets at Chelmsford.
ROYAL LONDON ONE-DAY CUP FORMAT
Unlike in previous seasons, when the top four from the North and South Groups qualified for quarter finals, this year it’s only the top three who will stay alive in the competition.
The teams who win the groups will be rewarded by direct passage to a home semi-final on June 16 and 17. Earlier that week, on Tuesday June 13, there will be two play-offs for the other two semi-final places with the team finishing second in the North Group at home to the team finishing third in the South Group, and vice versa.
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In addition a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
Somerset and Essex have only met one in the Royal London One-Day Cup since it was introduced and that was in 2016 at Chelmsford when the game was tied.
Rain reduced the game to 47 overs per side and a further interruption reduced it to a 29 over contest.
After being put into bat first the Somerset found themselves 16 for two in the fifth over when Jim Allenby joined Adam Hose.
The third wicket pair added 141 together in 20 overs until Allenby was out for 68 which came off 52 balls with five fours and two sixes. When Hose followed in the 26th over for 77 from 87 balls with 10 fours, Somerset went from 162 for four to 179 for eight by the end of the 29th.
Chasing a revised target of 177 Essex lost wickets at regular intervals and at the fall of the ninth wicket still needed 38 runs off four overs to win.
In the end James Foster hit all 37 runs to ensure that his side tied the game and remained unbeaten on 75, while Lewis Gregory was the pick of the Somerset bowlers with four for 23 whilst Tim Groenewald claimed three for 30.
Wicket keeper Steve Davies will have a fitness test on Sunday morning to see if he has recovered from his neck injury and Lewis Gregory is still absent so Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard has named the following squad: Jim Allenby (c), Johann Myburgh, Peter Trego, James Hildreth, Adam Hose, Ryan Davies (wk), Steve Davies (wk), Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Josh Davey, Tim Groenewald, Max Waller, George Bartlett.
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Looking ahead to the game Adam Hose, who scored an unbeaten century in Somerset’s last match said: “The game against Essex is a very big one for us. However, we have just got to keep on doing what we have been doing up to now. The batters have been building partnerships and the bowlers have been taking wickets early and putting the ball in the right areas.
“It’s very simple really and no matter who the opposition, we don’t try and change too much and hopefully on Sunday we can get a good win and stay top of the group.”
PRIORY BRIDGE ROAD STAND
Please note that the large temporary stand in the Priory Bridge Road side of the Ground will NOT be in use for this fixture.
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Our Official Health Partner, Nuffield Health, will be at the match offering supporters giveaways plus the chance to win some outstanding prizes.
In addition to free promotional items, supporters could win a free Nuffield Health membership for a month by taking part in their Kettlebell Challenge whilst the winner of the Kids Balance Challenge will win a free month of swimming for their family.
Somerset’s next match in the Royal London One-Day Cup is on Wednesday when we travel to Lord’s to take on Middlesex.
Our next home match at the Cooper Associates County Ground is on Friday May 19th when we welcome Warwickshire in the First Division of the Specsavers County Championship. Tickets for this match are still available and can be purchased by clicking hereBack to News