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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Middlesex v Somerset

The Match

Somerset are in Specsavers County Championship First Division action again tomorrow (Friday) when we travel to Lord’s to face Middlesex where the game gets underway at 11am.

In the last round of matches Somerset lost to Hampshire and are currently eighth in the table with 20 points from their four games, while their hosts have drawn all three of their matches, the last against Surrey and are sixth with 35 points.

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Head to Head

The two sides have met on 161 occasions in the Championship with Somerset winning on 24 occasions, Middlesex triumphing 85 times whilst the remaining 52 have been drawn.

The corresponding match between the two sides in late May in 2016 ended in a draw.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first Somerset scored 376 all out which included 109 from skipper Chris Rogers, 68 from James Hildreth while Peter Trego hit 68.

In reply the hosts made 423 of which Nick Gubbins made 109, Sam Robson hit 99 and Paul Stirling made 85 while Jack Leach claimed five for 27 for Somerset.

Batting for a second time Somerset reached 202 for seven, Hildreth making an unbeaten 85 and Trego 58.

In the return fixture in July, Middlesex won by two wickets.

After being put into bat the hosts were all out for 236 in 67 overs of which Rogers made 57.

Middlesex replied with 381 all out of which James Fuller hit 93, James Harris 78, George Bailey 71 and Gubbins 67.

Batting for a second time Somerset declared on 446 for nine, Trego making 138 and Marcus Trescothick 124.

Chasing 302 for victory from 46 overs Middlesex slipped to 185 for five before reaching their target with two balls to spare for the loss of eight wickets, John Simpson hitting an unbeaten 79 and Gubbins 76. Tim Groenewald claimed five for 90.

Team News

Somerset will be without Craig Overton who is on England Lions duty and Director of Cricket Matt Maynard has named the following squad: Marcus Trecothick, Dean Elgar, Tom Abell (c), James Hildreth, Steve Davies (wk), Peter Trego, Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Josh Davey, Dom Bess, Jamie Overton, Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald.

Middlesex’s 12-man squad for the match is: Nick Gubbins, Nick Compton, Stevie Eskinazi, Paul Stirling, Adam Voges, John Simpson, James Franklin (captain), Toby Roland-Jones, Ollie Rayner, Tom Helm, Tim Murtagh, Harry Podmore.

Views from the Dressing Room

Ahead of the match Director of cricket Matt Maynard said: “Our batting has been probably the area that needs the most work at the moment with four players who appear in decent nick in practice but just not transferring that into matches. However we know that we need to get scores on the board now. After this game a third of the season has gone so we know that it’s important for us to start performing better.

“We are not going to get the results if we are not playing well for the duration of the game. It’s all very well performing for two days but we need to finish it off and likewise if you don’t start well it is very difficult to win.

“We have got a lot of work to do to get that right. I trust very much in the guys that we have in the squad to put things right, but there are guys in the Second XI who are knocking the door down and banging really hard. Adam Hose got 190 yesterday, George Bartlett has been in great form plus Jim Allenby and Johann Myburgh are in great form in the one dayers.

“There are people queuing up for an opportunity but I believe that these guys can pull us out of this situation and get us playing some good cricket again.”

Matt added: “If it comes to a stage where it doesn’t happen then obviously we have to change, but I fully trust in these guys to turn it around in the Lord’s match.”

Coming Up

Our next match in the competition begins on Friday June 9th when we welcome Yorkshire to the Cooper Associates County Ground.  Tickets for this match are still available and can be purchased by clicking here

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