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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Kent v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset return to Specsavers County Championship action tomorrow (Monday) when we take on Kent at the Spitfire Ground.

Play is due to get underway at 11am.

Somerset are currently top of the Specsavers County Championship First Division with 96 points from our five matches whilst Kent are fifth with 46 points from their five matches.

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 in the County Championship on 162 occasions. Somerset have won 40 of the matches, Kent have won 77 whilst 45 have been drawn.

Somerset’s highest score in the series is 503 at Taunton in 1898, while Kent’s best is 616 for seven declared at Canterbury in 1996.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 222 not out by Peter Wight at Taunton in 1959 and for Kent it is 275 not out by Matthew Walker at Canterbury in 1996.

The best bowling for Somerset is eight for 23 by Brian Langford at Bath in 1956 and for Kent it is eight for 29 by John Mason at Taunton in 1901.

When the two sides met at Taunton in the opening match of this season it was Somerset who won by 74 runs.

Batting first, Somerset made 171 all out in 48 overs. Tom Abell top scored with 49, whilst for the visitors Mitch Claydon claimed five for 46.

Kent replied with 209 all out in 73.5 overs. There were three wickets each for Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton.

In the second innings Somerset scored 234 in 71.3 overs, thanks largely to George Bartlett (63) who shared a last wicket partnership of 62 with Jack Brooks who remained 35 not out.

Chasing 206 for victory Kent bowled out for 131, Gregory ending with five for 18.

TEAM NEWS

Lewis Gregory returns to the squad for this match but Marcus Trescothick will not travel to Canterbury.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad:

Tom Abell (c), Azhar Ali, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Steve Davies, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton,

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Jason Kerr said: “After the euphoria of winning the Royal London One-Day Cup, it was always going to be a challenge getting back into four-day cricket, but the way the guys responded was outstanding. We played really good cricket for three of the four days at Guildford and crucially won the key moments of that game. It means that we go to Kent full of confidence.

“There are no easy games in Division One and we never underestimate anyone. Kent have got some very good players and it will be a tough challenge for us.

“What’s really exciting for me is that I don’t feel like we’ve played our best cricket yet. We’ve had some outstanding individual performances with the bat from the likes of George Bartlett and Tom Abell, but we haven’t quite clicked as a batting unit. Therefore we felt it was the right time to make a change.

“You have to put emotion to one side, and when Marcus and I discussed the situation he was focused on what is best for the team at this moment in time. I think that’s a testament to the kind of person he is and to what the Club means to him. He’ll now look to play some Second XI cricket, get some runs on the board and get some confidence behind him. Obviously the door is very much still open for him.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Steven Davies scored 756 runs in last season’s County Championship, the second highest by a designated wicket-keeper. He also recorded a boundary percentage of 8.78%, the highest he’s ever managed in a County Championship season.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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18/08/2019 11:00 - Edgbaston

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