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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Hampshire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to the Ageas Bowl to take on Hampshire in a Specsavers County Championship First Division Match which gets underway tomorrow (Monday).

Somerset are currently top of the table with 205 points from 12 matches whilst Hampshire are fourth with 149 points from the same number of fixtures.

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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 faced each other on 202 occasions in this competition. Somerset have triumphed in 51 matches, Hampshire have won 66 times, 84 games have been drawn and one match was abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 705 for nine declared at Taunton in 2003, while for Hampshire it is 672 for seven declared also at Taunton in 1899.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 292 that was scored by Lionel Palairet at the County Ground in Southampton in 1896, while for Hampshire it is 304 by Robert Poore at Taunton in 1899.

The best bowling for Somerset is nine for 62 by Bill Greswell at Weston-super-Mare in 1928, while for Hampshire it is nine for 57  by George Boyes at Yeovil in 1938.

When the two sides met at the Cooper Associates County Ground earlier this year, it was Somerset who came out on top by 313 runs.

After winning the toss and electing to bat Somerset made 408 all out. James Hildreth top scored for the hosts with 105. There were also half centuries for Tom Abell (82), Tom Banton (79) and George Bartlett (68). Kyle Abbott was the pick of the Hampshire bowlers, claiming six for 84.

In reply Hampshire were all out for 349 thanks in the main to Sam Northeast who scored 101 whilst Jamie Overton took five wickets for the hosts.

Batting for a second time Somerset declared on 358 for eight thus setting the visitors a victory target of 418.

Jack Leach claimed three for 14 and there were two wickets each for Dom Bess, Jamie Overton and Lewis Gregory as the Somerset bowlers blew Hampshire away to claim a big win by 313 runs.

TEAM NEWS

Craig Overton returns to the squad and replaces Jack Brooks who is not fully fit.

Somerset will therefore name a starting XI from the following squad: Tom Abell, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Roelof van der Merwe and Murali Vijay.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The way we’ve gone about our cricket this year represents what we’ve tried to do this year in terms of trying to deliver our skills better than the opposition. It’s about keeping things as simple as possible and concentrating on our processes. That’s what we’ll be doing again over the course of four days at Hampshire.

“We know that Hampshire are a good side. They’re coming off the back of a convincing win as well, so they’ll be confident and buoyed by that.

“Craig was unfortunate to miss out for England at the Oval but the positive for us is that he is available for us again. He comes back in to the squad in place of Jack Brooks who isn’t fully fit.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Six different batsmen scored centuries for Somerset in last year’s Specsavers County Championship. (Marcus Trescothick, Matt Renshaw, James Hildreth, Tom Abell, George Bartlett and Azhar Ali).

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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