Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Hampshire

The Match

Somerset are in Specsavers County Championship action again tomorrow (Friday) when we host Hampshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground where the game gets underway at 11am.

In the last round of matches Somerset drew at home with Warwickshire and are currently in eighth place in the Divison One table with 17 points from three games, while Hampshire were beaten by Essex at Chelmsford and are fifth with 41 points from their four 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 page. This will include live video replays throughout the match.

You can also listen to live ball-by-ball BBC radio commentary on the BBC Sport website.

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 on 197 occasions in the County Championship with Somerset having won 50 times and Hampshire 64 whilst 82 of the games have resulted in a draw and one has been abandoned.

The two games between the sides in 2016 were both drawn.

At the Ageas Bowl in late June Hampshire were bowled out for 219 in 66.4 overs after winning the toss and batting first. Jimmy Adams made 61 while for Somerset Jamie Overton took five for 42.

In reply Somerset hit 474 for eight declared which included 152 for James Hildreth, 110 from Johann Myburgh and 53 for Ryan Davies, while for the home side Ryan McLaren took five for 104.

Batting for a second time, 255 in arrears, Hampshire had reached 173 for four when rain prevented any further play.

In the return fixture in August Hampshire again won the toss and opted to bat first. The visitors were all out for 313 of which Sean Ervine made 103 and McLaren 61, while for the hosts Jack Leach claimed six for 108.

Somerset replied with 587 for eight declared which included maiden Championship centuries for Craig Overton who hit 138 and Roelof van der Merwe who made 102 not out, while Tom Abell hit 79, Lewis Gregory 61 and Jim Allenby 56.

Batting for  second time, needing 249 to avoid an innings defeat Hampshire reached 254 for five off 96 overs, Ervine making 106 and Adams 96, the pair adding 159 together for the second wicket.

Team News

Lewis Gregory returns to the Somerset squad after his back injury and Director of Cricket Matt Maynard will pick his side from the following thirteen: Marcus Trescothick, Dean Elgar, Tom Abell (c), James Hildreth, Steve Davies (wk), Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Tim Groenewald.

Hampshire are without Fidel Edwards (shoulder) and have named the following squad: Michael Carberry, Liam Dawson, Jimmy Adams, James Vince, George Bailey (c), Rilee Rossouw, Sean Ervine, Lewis McManus (wk), Gareth Berg, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane, Reece Topley, Ian Holland.

Views from the Dressing Room

Looking ahead to the game Somerset Batting Coach Chris Rogers said: “Hampshire have got a good side and it will be another tough game for us. They had a blip in the last round of matches but they’ve played some good cricket so far this season and have got some very good cricketers. We are going to have to play better against them because we expect them to bounce back.

“It’s about us getting back to basics, fighting every day and earning the right to get on top of the opposition. We haven’t played anywhere near the standard we were setting at the end of last year and there was probably a lot of expectation on the side to go one better.

“However the game hits you hard and there is no doubt that the players are still developing and going through form patches, but if we pull it together the Club knows it’s a good squad. It’s just about finding that formula and the boys are trying hard.”

Temporary Stands

Please note that the large temporary stands in the Priory Bridge Road and St James Street sides of the Ground will NOT be in use for this fixture.

Everything You Need to Know

If you are coming to the match all the information that you need can be found in our comprehensive match-day information page. This covers everything from planning your journey to where you eat when you get here.

Annual Church Service

The 2017 Somerset CCC annual Church Service will be taking place at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Sunday May 28th.

The service will begin on Gimblett’s Hill at 10am ahead of the start of the third day’s play of the Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Hampshire.

This year’s special guest speaker will be Rev. Tina Hodgett who works across Somerset as the Evangelism Team Leader for the Diocese of Bath & Wells.  Tina has been a fan of cricket since the early 1980’s when she became fascinated by the bowling action of Bob Willis!

We hope that as many Somerset Members and supporters as possible will come along and help to make this another special occasion.

Coming Up

Somerset are next in action on Friday June 2nd when we travel to Lord’s to take on Middlesex in the Specsavers County Championship.

Somerset’s next match at the Cooper Associates County Ground is on Friday June 9th when we welcome Yorkshire to Taunton in the Specsavers County Championship.  Tickets for this match can be purchased here.

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