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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Essex v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset return to Specsavers County Championship action tomorrow (Sunday) when we travel to the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford to take on Essex.

Play is due to get underway at 11am.

Somerset are currently top of the First Division with 115 points from six matches whilst Essex are third with 85 points from the same number of games.

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 feed.

A live stream of the match will also be available and a link will appear in the Match Centre shortly before play starts.

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 145 occasions in the County Championship. Somerset have won 36 of these matches, Essex have won 57, one match has been tied, 50 have been drawn and one match was abandoned.

Somerset’s highest innings total in the series is 488 all out at Clacton in 1949, while for Essex it is 692 at Taunton in 1895.

The highest individual score for Somerset is 228 not out by Marcus Trescothick at Colchester in 2010 and for Essex it is 263 by Stuart Law in 1999 at Chelmsford.

Somerset’s best bowling is eight for 67 by Brian Langford at Ilford in 1958 and for Essex it is eight for 90 by JWHT Douglas at Colchester in 1923.

The last time that the two sides met was at the Cooper Associates County Ground in August 2018 and Somersetcame out on top by 45 runs.

After winning the toss and batting first the home side made 324 all out. Marcus Trescothick scored 95 and Tom Abell made 70 whilst Peter Siddell took five for 80.

In reply Essex were dismissed for 191 .

Batting for a second time, Somerset were dismissed for 202, leaving Essex a target of 336 to chase.

With their score on 256 for four Essex looked to be in a good position. However, Jack Leach claimed career-best figures of eight for 85 to bowl the visitors out for 290.

TEAM NEWS

Josh Davey is available for selection again following a mild injury as is Dom Bess following his loan spell at Yorkshire.

Somerset have named the following quad for the match: Tom Abell (c), Azhar Ali, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It’ll be a really competitive fixture for us and Essex are a strong side. They’re coming of the back of a comprehensive win against Hampshire, but we’re coming off the back of a good win against Kent, so it should be a good game.

“It’s important that we concentrate on what we can control, and we’re playing some really good cricket at the moment. The bowling unit’s been outstanding and we’re confident going in to the game.

“We’ve prepared well this week. It’s a congested season but we’ve been lucky enough to get some down time in the last week. That was a great opportunity for the guys to have a few days rest and to allow their bodies to recover. We’re back into it now and I was impressed by the intensity of training this week.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Lewis Gregory was Somerset’s most aggressive top seven batsman in last year’s County Championship, attacking 31.8% of the balls he faced.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are traveling to the match you can find everything you need to know by visiting the Essex website

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