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Somerset v Gloucestershire: Pre-season Friendly Preview

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Gloucestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Tuesday) for a two-day pre-season friendly match which is due to get underway at 11am.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can keep up to date with the match via the Match Centre on this website and on our Twitter feed.

In addition to this, a report will be posted here at lunch, tea and the close of play.

The media team at the CACG are once again using this match for internal testing of the popular live streaming service. Live streams are expected to be fully operational for both three-day friendlies, with a public beta available for this match.

HEAD TO HEAD

The last time the two sides met in red-ball cricket was in last season’s Bob Willis Trophy at the Cooper Associates County Ground, a match that Somerset won by 314 runs.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field.

It looked like the right decision when Somerset were reduced to 89 for five, but 100 not out from George Bartlett ensured that the hosts posted a total of 237 all out. David Payne and Ryan Higgins did the majority of the damage for Gloucestershire, both claiming four wickets.

Any confidence that the visitors had of claiming a win quickly evaporated as the Somerset attacked ripped through them as Gloucestershire were dismissed for just 76. Craig Overton was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four for 25 whilst Josh Davey (three for 21) also impressed.

Batting for a second time, Somerset’s Tom Abell and Tom Lammonby both made 101 not out as the home side set Gloucestershire 385 to win.

The home attack was once again well on top and Somerset’s local rivals were all out for just 70. Overton (five for 26) and Davey (four for 25) were again the destroyers in-chief.

TEAM NEWS

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following 12-man squad: Kasey Aldridge, George Bartlett, Eddie Byrom, Steve Davies+, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Ned Leonard, Craig Overton and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “There’s an opportunity this year to have an elongated pre-season and you could see us starting to shake off the winter rustiness on day two against Worcestershire. We improved as the game went on and I expect that to continue over the two days against Gloucestershire.

“We’ll be on the same surface, which was brilliant last week and the lads are really excited to get some more time out in the middle. The games are about building confidence in your skills and improving that match sharpness. It’s also about getting your body ready to deliver at a higher intensity.”

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next pre-season matches take place on Thursday March 25th when we travel to Gloucestershire for two T20 friendlies.

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