Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Essex


Somerset will be looking to bounce back from defeat at Guildford when we travel to the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford to take on Essex in the Specsavers County Championship.

This pink-ball, day/night fixture begins at 2pm on Monday.

Somerset are currently third in the First Division table with 87 points from six matches whilst Essex are fourth with 81 points from their seven fixtures.


You can follow the match via the Match Centre section of this website and live updates will be posted on our Twitter page.


Somerset and Essex have played against each other on 143 occasions in the County Championship. Somerset have won 35 times, Essex have triumphed on 57 occasions, 49 have been drawn, one was tied and one game was abandoned.

The highest total by Somerset in the series is 488 at Clacton in 1949, while for Essex it is 692 at Taunton in 1895.

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

The best bowling in an innings for Somerset is eight for 67 by Brian Langford at Valentines Park, Ilford in 1958, while for Essex it is eight for 90 by JWHT Douglas at Colchester in 1923.

Last year Essex triumphed in both of the meetings between the two sides.

At the Cooper Associates County Ground, Somerset were all out for 209, in reply to which Essex were dismissed for 129. In their second innings Somerset were bowled out for 174. Chasing 255 for victory, Essex reached their target for the loss of two wickets.

In the return match at Chelmsford in August Essex were all out for 159 and in reply Somerset were dismissed for 164. James Hildreth top scored for the visitors with 51.

In their second innings Essex made 293 all out. Set 289 to win, Somerset were all out for 109.


Somerset will be without Craig Overton (International duty), Jack Leach (concussion) and Matt Renshaw (finger). However, Peter Trego and Ben Green have been included in the squad.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr will select a starting XI from the following squad: Tom Abell (c), George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Jamie Overton, Peter Trego and Roelof van der Merwe.


Looking ahead to the fixture Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Obviously we were all really disappointed after the Surrey game and it’s important that we dust ourselves off, go to Chelmsford and return to the standards that we set in the previous five games. We’ve played some really good cricket this season and set some really high standards. We need to reflect on what has happened and go again.

“Unfortunately injuries have meant that we have had to make changes to the squad. We’ve lost Jack Leach due to the concussion protocol and Matt Renshaw has a fracture of the finger which means that his time with us is now over. Peter Trego is back in the squad and although he’s missed out on red-ball cricket so far this year, he had an outstanding campaign in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

“Essex were champions last year and they’ve got a very good team again this year. It’s an exciting challenge and it will be a second taste of day/night Championship cricket for some of the guys but we are using a different ball this year. Obviously there are a few unknowns but it’s about how we adapt to the conditions as we move through the evening.”


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