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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Worcestershire

THE MATCH

Somerset begin our 2018 Specsavers County Championship First Division campaign this week when we host Worcestershire in a match that begins tomorrow (Friday) at 11am.

Gates will open at 10am.

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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

Since 1901 the two sides have met in this competition on 174 occasions.

Somerset have won 55, Worcestershire have won 58, 61 have been drawn, one was tied and one was abandoned.

In the series of matches, the highest total by Somerset was 591 for nine declared at New Road in 2011.

The highest individual innings by a Somerset batsman is 257 not out by Len Braund at New Road in 1913, while the highest for Worcestershire is 405 not out by Graeme Hick at Taunton in 1988.

The best bowling figures for Somerset were 10 for 76 by Jack White at New Road in 1921.

The last season in which the two sides met was 2015 and at New Road the hosts won by an innings and 62 runs.

After being put into bat Somerset were all out for 250 in 75.1 overs, Charlie Morris taking five for 71. In reply Worcestershire were dismissed for 402 in 111.5 overs. Ben Cox made 109 whilst Alfonso Thomas took four for 81. Batting for a second time Somerset were bowled out for 90, James Hildreth top scoring with 35.

The return match at Taunton resulted in a rain ruined draw.

After being asked to bat first, the hosts made 565 for five declared off 138.4 overs. James Hildreth hit an unbeaten 220 and Peter Trego scored 130 not out as the pair shared an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 223.

In reply Worcestershire had reached 172 for four off 41 overs before the rain prevented any play on the final day.

TEAM NEWS

Australian batsman Matt Renshaw could make his Somerset debut as Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for the match (in alphabetical order): Tom Abell (c), Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matt Renshaw and Marcus Trescothick.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Looking ahead to the match Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The preparation over the last few days has been outstanding. The weather’s been brilliant and that has been really conducive to some great practice. I’m really happy with where the guys are going in to the game.

“It’s important to start well but it’s also about taking pressure off the players. One of the things that I’ll be saying to them is that they have to enjoy themselves. It’s only natural that they will be a bit nervous or anxious going in to the first outing of the season. They’ve all done everything that they can in the prep. We’ve left no stone unturned and have worked incredibly hard. The players have all practiced diligently and tomorrow is all about going out there and expressing themselves and enjoying it.

“You can make any kind of prediction at this stage of the season, but ultimately it about who is going to play the best cricket over the four days and looking beyond that over the course of the next six months. September is a long way off and we all saw last year how quickly things can change. For me it’s important that we concentrate on the process and how to out-skill the opposition. If we can do that, then we will get the right results at the right time.”

Club Captain, Tom Abell said: “I absolutely cant wait for the game to come around. We have had to wait for a week while some of the teams in the division played, but now Taunton is looking a picture and the guys are raring to get going.

“I’m very happy about where we are at as a squad and there is a huge amount of excitement and optimism looking ahead to tomorrow. We will be approaching Worcestershire as we would any other team in this division and not reading anything into their result last week.

“I am pretty confident that if we perform as we can do then we have the capability to beat anyone. The guys have trained well leading up to this game, so it’s very exciting to finally be getting underway.”

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

2018 Members are being invited to attend a Question and Answer Session after the close of play on day one of this match.

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.

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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