Specsavers County Championship Preview: Warwickshire v Somerset
Somerset return to Specsavers County Championship action tomorrow (Sunday) when we travel to Edgbaston to take on Warwickshire.
Currently the hosts are seventh in the table with 86 points from their 10 matches, whilst Somerset are second with 165 points from the same number of fixtures.
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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 the County Championship on 137 occasions. Somerset have won 36 of these matches, Warwickshire have won 40 and 61 of the fixtures have ended in a draw.
The highest total by Somerset in the series is 672 for four declared at Taunton in 2009, and for Warwickshire it is 642 in 2011 at the same venue.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is 322 by Viv Richards at Taunton in 1985, while for Warwickshire it’s 230 not out by Rohan Kanhai at Edgbaston in 1973.
The best bowling for Somerset is nine for 58 by Jack White at Edgbaston in 1928 while for Warwickshire it is nine for 35 by Henry Howell at Taunton in 1924.
The last time the two teams met was at Taunton in May this year when Somerset who won by 49 runs.
After being put in, Somerset were all out for 209 in 47.2 overs. Josh Davey top scored with 36, while for the visitors Oliver Hannon-Dalby claimed five for 18.
In reply the visitors were all out for 135 in 54.1 overs as Craig Overton took five for 31.
Batting for a second time, the hosts were all out for 164 with Overton making an unbeaten 36. For the visitors Liam Norwell took seven for 41.
Chasing 238 for victory, Warwickshire were bowled out for 189. Lewis Gregory was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four for 48 as Somerset won by 49 runs.
Somerset are still without Lewis Gregory (injury) and Jack Leach (International duty) but Dom Bess is available following his loan spell at Yorkshire whilst Babar Azam is in line for his Specsavers County Championship debut.
Head Coach, Jason Kerr will name a starting XI from the following squad: Tom Abell (c), Babar Azam, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Jack Brooks, Steve Davies, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton and Roelof van der Merwe.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Although we lost our last Specsavers County Championship game to Yorkshire at Headingley, that now seems a long time ago.
“Warwickshire is a one-off game in the longer format amid all the thrills of the Vitality Blast and we have to ensure we make the right mental adjustment.
“Whether we finish the season with one trophy or three, we will know a lot more about our squad by the end of September.
“The players work incredibly hard on executing their skills when it matters and hopefully they will reap the reward for that.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Tom Abell enjoyed his best season with the bat in 2018, scoring 883 runs at a higher average (40.13) and a higher strike rate (51.12) than any other full season he’s played for Somerset.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
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