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Royal London One-Day Cup Preview: Surrey v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset begin our Royal London One-Day Cup campaign against Surrey at the Kia Oval tomorrow (Friday).

The match is due to start at 11am.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can keep up to date using our dedicated Match Centre via this website and on our Twitter page. A live stream of the match will also be available on the Match Centre, courtesy of Surrey CCC.

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 62 occasions in List A cricket with Somerset coming out on top 39 times Surrey have won 18 times, three matches have been abandoned and there has been a no result twice.

The last meeting in 50-over cricket between the two sides came at the Cooper Associates County Ground last year.

Somerset won the toss and elected to field.

Ben Foakes top scored for the visitors with 92 and Mark Stoneman made 56 as Surrey posted a total of 290 for eight from their allotted overs.

Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory both claimed three wickets for Somerset.

The Somerset reply got off to the worst possible start as we slipped to 22 for five.

However, 68 from Dean Elgar and a stunning innings of 165 not out from just 122 balls from Roelof van der Merwe meant that Somerset secured a stunning victory by six wickets.

Van der Merwe’s innings was the highest ever in domestic List A cricket for a number seven and was the fourth highest scored by a Somerset player in List A cricket.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset will be without Jack Leach who has a broken thumb.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for the match:

Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, Josh Davey, Steve Davies (w), Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Captain Tom Abell said: “This is a new competition and new format for this season but the mood in the camp is really positive at the moment and we will be looking to carry that forward from the four day game into the one day game.

“It’s a new challenge for us and we are very confident in the team that we have got, we have got all bases covered and everyone is very excited.

“However we know that Surrey are a very good side so it will be a real test for us on Friday.”

How is he approaching skippering the 50 over side?

“The game moves slightly faster and you have to think on your feet and there will obviously be some differences. However I have played a little bit of one day cricket under some very good captains, so while it will be a new thing to me I have got a great team around me to help me through.”

Are we likely to see Tom bowling at the Oval?

“We have got some good bowlers in our side and I think the balance is really good,  but if the conditions dictate that I need to have a little bowl then I’m sure I will, but we will have to see how the game goes.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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