Royal London One-Day Cup Preview: Somerset v Surrey
Somerset welcome Surrey to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Tuesday) in our final group-stage match in this season’s Royal London One Day Cup.
Somerset are currently third in the South Group table with eight points from seven matches whilst Surrey are ninth with two points from their seven games.
Hampshire have secured first place in the group but Somerset can still qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition by finishing second or third.
Gates will open at 11am with play due to get underway at 1pm.
Tickets for this match are selling fast but there are still some available and they can be purchased by clicking here
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
A live stream of this match will be available with synchronised BBC Commentary. The link for this will be posted shortly before play begins.
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 in List A cricket on 63 occasions. Somerset have won 40 of these matches, Surrey have triumphed 18 times, two have ended in a no result and three have been abandoned.
Somerset’s highest score in the series is 325 for six at Taunton in 2005, and for Surrey it is 296 for six at the Oval in 1998.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is 165 not out by Roelof van der Merwe at Taunton in 2017 and for Surrey it is 167 not out by Alec Stewart in 1994.
The best bowling performance for Somerset is five for 14 by Joel Garner at Lord’s in 1981 and for Surrey it is five for 44 by Jade Dernbach at the Oval in 2007.
The most recent meeting between the two sides was in this competition at the Kia Oval in May last year when Somerset triumphed by eight wickets.
Chasing 130 for victory, Johann Myburgh (75*) helped to ensure that Somerset reached the required total for the loss of just 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, Josh Davey, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Peter Trego and Roelof van der Merwe.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match Jason said: “This is now a must win game for us. We know exactly what we have to do and I’m sure that the players will work hard and bounce back.
“Surrey have got some very capable batsmen and it only takes two of them to have a day like Azhar Ali and Peter Trego did against Essex, so lets hope that doesn’t happen.
“The advantage of the situation that we are now in is that we know what we have to do. Tom Abell and I have reflected on the Hampshire result and we will pick the best eleven that we can to win a game of cricket.”
DID YOU KNOW?
In Paul van Meekeren, Jamie Overton and Lewis Gregory, Somerset had three seamers who drew a false shot with more than 20% of the balls they bowled. No other team in last year’s Royal London One-Day Cup had more seamers with a false shot percentage above that threshold.
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.
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, Pimm’s Bar, Gin & Sin, Mint & Mustard, The Hot Sausage Company, Pancake Pod, Bearclaw Meats, Woody Baloo’s Pizza, Spudshack, That’s Nacho Burrito, Silvan’s Mediterranean Foods, Super Juice 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 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
WIN A SIGNED SHIRT
Every Member and ticket holder who scans in to the ground on Sunday will be entered in to a draw to win a signed Royal London One-Day Cup shirt.
Make sure you don’t miss the action or your chance to win this brilliant prize.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.
Winners will be selected at random from those who attend either of the two matches and scan in on the day. One admission per ticket.
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