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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Surrey v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset will be looking to build on the good form that has seen us win our last two Specsavers County Championship matches when we travel to the Kia Oval to take on Surrey tomorrow (Tuesday).

Somerset are currently sixth in the First Division table with 123 points whilst Surrey are third with 136.

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HEAD TO HEAD

Over the years the two sides have met in this competition on 168 occasions. Somerset have come out on top on 33 occasions, Surrey have triumphed 74 times and 61 games have been drawn.

When the two sides met at Taunton in early August the game ended in a rain ruined draw.

After being asked to bat first Somerset amassed 436 all out in 108.4 overs, the feature of which was a fifth wicket partnership between Steve Davies, who made 142 against his former club and 96 from Tom Abell.

Lower in the order Dom Bess  hit 55, his maiden championship half century for Somerset.

Surrey in reply were dismissed for 345 in 108.4 overs, of which Mark Stoneman contributed 76, while Bess completed a good all round performance by claiming 5 for 101.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are still without Lewis Gregory and Jamie Overton and the starting XI will be named from the following squad:

Tom Abell (c), Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, George Bartlett, James Hildreth, Steve Davies (wk), Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Tim Groenewald, Paul van Meekeren.

The Surrey squad is: Gareth Batty (c), Rory Burns, Rikki Clarke, Sam Curran, Jade Dernbach, Ben Foakes (wk), Stuart Meaker, Ryan Patel, Ollie Pope, Kumar Sangakkara, Mark Stoneman, Freddie van den Bergh, Amar Virdi

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Looking ahead to the game Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Surrey have a very strong batting line up and if you look at their batting bonus points this year they are way ahead of all the other counties. We know that it will be a good wicket and that the spinners can win the game there. It will be very tough, no doubt about it.

“If we can win the toss and put big runs on the board it will hopefully allow our spinners to come into the game as the match progresses. It will be a very tough game to win, no doubt about that. But if we can secure maximum points from our first innings and then bowl well anything is possible.

“A strong draw or a win will keep things in our hands going into our final game against Middlesex at the Cooper Associates County Ground and that’s all we can ask for at this stage.”

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match begins on Monday September 25th when we welcome Middlesex to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Specsavers County Championship.

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