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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Nottinghamshire

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Nottinghamshire to the Cooper Associates County Ground for a four-day Specsavers County Championship First Division match which begins tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am.

Gates will open at 10am.

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Somerset are currently second in the First Division table with 63 points from four matches whilst Nottinghamshire are top with 70 points from 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 page.

A live stream of this match will be available with synchronised BBC Commentary. The link for this will be posted shortly before play begins.

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 this competition on 127 occasions with Somerset winning 34 times to Nottinghamshire’s 31 whilst 62 matches between the two sides have ended in a draw.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 654 for eight declared at Trent Bridge in 2004, while for Nottinghamshire it is 585 for five declared at the same venue in 1947.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 250 by Jamie Cox at Trent Bridge in 2004, and for Nottinghamshire it is 214 not out by Joe Hardstaff at the same venue in 1937.

The best bowling performance for Somerset against Nottinghamshire in Championship cricket was nine for 33 by Ted Tyler at Taunton in 1892, while for Nottinghamshire it is eight for 30 by Bill Voce at Weston super Mare in 1939.

Somerset and Nottinghamshire last met in this competition in 2016 when the team from the West Country won on both occasions.

At Trent Bridge the hosts made 401 after choosing to bat first thanks to 165 from Steven Mullaney. In reply Somerset scored 437. Marcus Trescothick contributed 218 to the total and in doing so equalled Harold Gimblett’s record for the most First Class centuries for the County.

Batting for a second time the home side were all out for 135, leaving Somerset needing 100 which they reached without loss.

In the return match at Taunton, Somerset made 365. The highlight of the innings was James Hildreth scoring 135 with a broken ankle whilst Chris Rogers also made a century. In reply the visitors were bowled out for 138, Dom Bess taking five for 43.

Batting for a second time Somerset posted 313 for five declared as Rogers completed his second century of the match in his final appearance. Set an unlikely 541 for victory, Nottinghamshire were all out for 215 as Jack Leach took four for 69.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are still without Marcus Trescothick (foot) and Jack Leach (thumb) whilst Tom Abell, Josh Davey and Tim Groenewald will face late fitness tests.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for the match: Tom Abell (c), George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matt Renshaw, Roelof van der Merwe and Paul van Meekeren.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Winning is a great feeling and it’s important that the guys who were in the dressing room on Wednesday remember what that felt like and then take that momentum in to the game against Notts.

“There are no easy games in Division One and every game is important. It’s vital that we approach it in the same way that we always do. We need to prepare really well and ensure that our skills are on point for all four days. Our aim is to win every game that we play.

“There will be a couple of late fitness tests to carry out before we can make a decision on one or two players ahead of naming the final eleven. We must ensure that the guys are capable of making it through the four days.”

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.

MEMBERS Q&A

In order to keep supporters up to date with everything that is happening at the Cooper Associates County Ground, CEO Andrew Cornish and Director of Cricket Andy Hurry 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.

INCLUSION DAY

Today is Inclusion Day. The day is a way of recognizing all the fantastic achievements of those with a disability or additional needs who play cricket in the county and the support that the parents, carers and coaches provide along the way.

The County is proud to boast two very competitive inclusive cricket teams: The Somerset Disabled Cricket Club, formed of players with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities; and the Somerset Visually Impaired Cricket Club.

During the lunch interval players from both teams will be giving demonstrations of their cricketing skills on the outfield.

As part of the event a number of local community groups that have received cricket coaching from the Cricket Board’s coaches this year have also been invited to attend as our guests.

BOOK SIGNING

Stephen Hill and Barry Phillips will be signing copies of their new book: “Somerset Cricketers 1946 to 1970” in Somerset County Sports Shop during the Lunch and Tea intervals on Saturday and Sunday.

LIVE IN CARE

Live In Care will be at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Monday. You will be able to find them at their gazebo by the Somerset Pavilion.

Live In Care is a family run business with over 35 years of care experience. They provide one-to-one support to people living in their homes in Taunton, Burnham on Sea, Wellington, Bridgwater and the surrounding areas.

They provide a professional and friendly live-in care service that allows you or your loved one to continue to live independently in the comfort of your home, supported by fully trained, experienced and trusted live in carers.

For more information on Live In Care please click here

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