Royal London One-Day Cup Preview: Somerset v Surrey
Somerset open our Royal London One-Day Cup campaign this season with a home match against Surrey tomorrow (Friday) starting at 11am. Gates will open at 10am.
Somerset played some outstanding cricket in the Royal London One-Day Cup last season and reached the semi-final stage of the competition.
Surrey also performed well and lost out in the final to Warwickshire.
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Head to Head
Somerset have won 16 of our last 20 matches against Surrey and 10 out of the last 11 at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
The 50-over competition was re-introduced in 2014 and in the match between the two sides at the Oval that year Surrey won by seven runs (D/L method).
After being put into bat Surrey posted 284 for nine from their allotted overs, which included 50 for Steve Davies. In reply Somerset were all out for 267 in 44.1 overs, Marcus Trescothick top scoring with 80 and James Hildreth 53.
In 2015 the teams met at Taunton when it was Somerset who claimed victory by three wickets.
After being asked to bat first the Surrey total of 267 all out was built round 111 from Steve Davies. Somerset reached their target in 46.4 overs thanks to an unbeaten 53 from Jim Allenby and a quickfire 40 not out from Craig Overton.
Last season the two sides met at the Oval in June where Surrey chose to bat and had scored 53 for one in 11 overs when there was a downpour. When play resumed the hosts batted for a further 13 overs during which they took the total onto 163 for six of which Burns hit an unbeaten 51.
Chasing a revised total of 180 for victory off 24 overs Somerset reached their target for the loss of two wickets with five balls to spare, thanks to Johann Myburgh with 76 and Allenby who made 71.
The Somerset squad is: Jim Allenby (c), Steve Davies (wk), Pete Trego, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Dean Elgar, Adam Hose, Roelof van der Merwe, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Tim Groenewald and Max Waller.
The Surrey squad is: Gareth Batty (c), Scott Borthwick, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jade Dernbach, Ben Foakes (wk), Stuart Meaker, Ollie Pope, Ravi Rampaul, Kumar Sangakkara, Dominic Sibley and Mark Stoneman
Views From The Dressing Room
One-Day Captain Jim Allenby, who has scored a half-century in his last two matches against Surrey, said: “We’ve got eight or nine batters in form in this format. All of the guys who have played white ball cricket this season and for second team have been scoring runs and everyone is taking wickets at the moment. It’s a case of getting a squad of 13 or 14 together to continue with what we did last year and what we did early season.
“Obviously it’s been a hard couple of weeks for the guys in the Specsavers County Championship but I believe that the change of format has come at the right time and everyone will be positive.
“We haven’t lost a white ball game in pre-season nor in the Seconds so we are in a good place at the moment. However, the first ball comes on Friday. It’s all to play for and we are all ready for it now.”
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