Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Essex


Somerset return to Specsavers County Championship action on Sunday when they host Essex where play gets underway at 11am.

With six matches remaining Essex are fourth in the table with 92 points from their eight games, three of which they have won, while Somerset are second with 119 from the same number of matches, half of which they have triumphed in.


You can keep up to date using our dedicated Match Centre via this website and on our Twitter page. A free HD live stream with synchronised BBC commentary will be available on the Match Centre.

In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the match.


In the championship the two sides have met on 143 occasions, of which Somerset have won 35, Essex have won 57, one match has been tied, 50 have been drawn and 1 match 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.

Somerset’s lowest total is 48 at Bath in 1951 while for Essex it is 69 at Ilford in 1924.

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 at Ilford in 1959 and for Essex it is eight for 90 by JWHT Douglas at Colchester in 1923.

When the two sides met at Chelmsford at the end of June the game was drawn. Essex won the toss and batting first posted 517 for seven declared of which Ravi Bopara made 118 and Ryan ten Doeschate an unbeaten 173, the pair adding 194 for the fifth wicket. In addition Alastair Cook made 96 and Nick Browne 66.

Somerset replied with 407 all out. James Hildreth top scored with 78 while Ed Byrom hit 54, George Bartlett 42 and both Steve Davies and Tom Abell b41.

Batting for a second time the hosts declared on 208 for seven, Browne making 75 and Bopara 58, while Dom Bess took three for 81 off 17 overs.

Chasing 319 from 50 overs, Somerset ended on 151 for five, Byrom making 38 and Davies 30, the pair sharing an opening stand of 64.

Essex won both of the games between the two sides in 2017 and went on to lift the Specsavers County Championship at the end of the season.


Somerset are still without the services of Tim Groenewald (groin), although the seamer is making good progress and has started bowling again. Head Coach Jason Kerr has named the following squad:

Tom Abell, Azhar Ali, Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Craig Overton , Jamie Overton, Marcus Trescothick and Max Waller.


Ahead of the game head coach Jason Kerr said: “We are looking forward to returning to red ball cricket. The last four day game we played was against Worcestershire back in July when we had a comprehensive win. Obviously we will be looking to remember what we did well then and do it again in this match.”


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In order to keep supporters up to date with everything that is happening at the Cooper Associates County Ground, CEO Andrew Cornish will be answering questions put to them by Somerset Members.

The session will take place in the County Room 20 minutes after the completion of play on day two.

Members of Somerset County Cricket Club are welcome to attend this Question and Answer session and 2018 Membership cards will be required to gain entry.



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