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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Surrey

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome newly crowned Division One champions Surrey to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Tuesday) for a four-day Specsavers County Championship match.

Play is due to get underway at 10:30am.

Gates will open at 9:30am.

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Somerset are currently 2nd in the First Division table with 178 points from 12 matches.

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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 each other 170 times in the County Championship.

Somerset have won 33 times, Surrey have won on 76 occasions and 61 matches have been drawn.

Somerset’s highest innings total in the series is 688 for eight declared at Guildford in 2006, while for Surrey it is 811 at the Oval in 1899.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 342 by Justin Langer at Guildford in 2006, while for Surrey it is 357 not out by Bobby Abell at the Oval in 1899.

The best bowling figures for Somerset are 10 for 49 by Teddy Tyler at Taunton in 1895 and for Surrey it is 10 for 43 by Tom Rushby in 1921 also at Taunton.

Back in June this year the two sides met at Guildford where it was Surrey who ran out the winners by an innings and 69 runs.

Batting first Surrey made 459 all out thanks in no small part to Ollie Pope who made 117. Tim Groenewald was the pick of the Somerset bowlers with figures of four for 85.

In reply, Somerset were bowled out for 180 despite Eddie Byrom making 52.

Batting for a second time Somerset were all out for 210, James Hildreth top scoring with 89 not out and Lewis Gregory making 32.

TEAM NEWS

Tim Groenewald returns to the squad following his groin injury and Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for the match:

Tom Abell, Azhar Ali, Tom Banton, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton and Marcus Trescothick.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We need to make sure that we cement our second place in the next two games. The aim has to be to get two wins. That won’t be easy but we’re looking forward to the challenge.

“The players are looking to get as many points as we can from these last two matches, and that begins with the next four days against Surrey.

“They’ve been the best team in the competition this season and are deservedly the champions. I’m sure that they’ll also want to finish the season off with two wins as well.”

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