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Royal London One-Day Cup Preview: Somerset v Kent

The Match

Somerset host Kent in the Royal London One-Day Cup at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton tomorrow (Tuesday) where the match is due to start at 11am.

Somerset will be looking to make it three wins in a row in the competition following victories over Surrey and Sussex whilst Kent will be looking to bounce back from defeat at the hands of Hampshire in their only fixture so far.

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Head to Head

The first match between the two sides  in the Royal London One-Day Cup was played in Taunton on July 31st 2014, and turned out to be a high scoring affair which Kent narrowly won by 2 runs (D/L method). After Kent were asked to bat first, Sam Northeast shared in two century partnerships, the first with Daniel Bell-Drummond who made 61. Northeast was then joined by Sam Billings who raced to an unbeaten 135 while Northeast was out for 132 to help Kent to post 383 for 7 off their 50 overs.

Rain then fell during the interval as a result of which Somerset’s target was revised to 374 off 48 overs. Consistent batting by Somerset, which included 56 from Nick Compton and Alex Barrow’s 54, kept the hosts in touch with the asking rate. Later in the innings an unbroken partnership of 103 in nine overs between Tim Groenewald, who made an unbeaten 52, and Alfonso Thomas just failed to see their side home as they ended on 371 for eight.

The last time that the sides met was at Canterbury on June 14th 2016 when Kent won by 95 runs. Batting first in a match reduced to 30 overs per side the hosts scored 231 for six thanks to 68 from Bell-Drummond and 64 from Northeast. in reply Somerset were bowled out for 136 in 24.2 overs.

Team News

The Somerset squad for this game is: Jim Allenby (c), Steve Davies (wk), Peter Trego, Johann Myburgh, Dean Elgar, James Hildreth, Adam Hose, Roelof van der Merwe, Leiws Gregory, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Max Waller and Tim Groenewald.

The Kent squad is as follows: Sam Northeast (c), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joe Denly, Alex Blake, Sean Dickson, Will Gidman, Darren Stevens, Adam Rouse (wk), Wayne Parnell, James Harris, James Tredwell, Mitch Claydon, Imran Qayyum.

Views from the Dressing Room

Looking forward to the game Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “We are delighted to have won both of our first two games. I thought that the way the guys went about the game against Sussex when the match was reduced was just brilliant. It became much tougher but their attitude was just fantastic so full credit to them.

“I think that we have now set the scene for how we want to continue in this competition. We know that Kent are a very dangerous side in white ball cricket and they’ve got some very talented players throughout their line up. We are going to have to play as well as we possibly can if we are going to get a result against them.”

ICC Nissan Trophy Tour

For the first time ever, the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup will tour together ahead of this summer’s tournaments.

They will visit each of the seven host venues during May, stopping of at clubs, schools and iconic locations to allow as many fans as possible to see the trophies during the build up to the tournaments.

The trophies will be at the Cooper Associates County Ground for our Royal London One-Day Cup match against Kent and from 1pm the trophies will be taken to Selworthy School and Lyngford Primary School for specially arranged assemblies.

Ahead of our match against Kent, Holy Trinity Primary School will take part in a special assembly with the trophies before enjoying a coaching session and then acting as Guard of Honour for the match.

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND – MAY 01: The ICC Champions Trophy (Left) and ICC Women’s World Cup arrive in Somerset for the first of seven stops on the 500 mile Nissan Trophy Tour around England and Wales ahead of this summer’s tournaments on May 1, 2017 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

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Coming Up

Somerset’s next match in the Royal London One-Day Cup is on Friday May 5th when we travel to SSE SWALEC to take on Glamorgan

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