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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Warwickshire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset are in Specsavers County Championship First Division action again tomorrow (Tuesday) when we travel to face Warwickshire.

Play will get underway at 10:30am.

Currently Somerset are seventh in the Division One table with 80 points from our 10 matches whilst Warwickshire are the basement club with 68 points from the same number of game.

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HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met on 135 occasions in this format with Somerset winning on 34 occasions. Warwickshire have triumphed 40 times and 61 matches have been drawn.

When the two sides met at Taunton back in May this year the match ended in a rain affected draw.

Batting first Warwickshire were bowled out for 413 in 113.4 overs, which included 175 from Jonathan Trott, 63 for Tim Ambrose and 57 from Rikki Clarke.

Jamie Overton claimed three for 76 from his 21 overs while Roelof van der Merwe ended with three for 78 from 17.4.

The Somerset reply of 230 all out included 106 from Marcus Trescothick, his 50th First Class century for the County which beat the previous record held by Harold Gimblett. Peter Trego also contributed with 52.

Following on, Trescothick ended unbeaten on 46 whilst 35 not out from Tom Abell saw Somerset to 86 for 1 by the end of the game.

Somerset took 8 points from this match compared to Warwickshire’s 12.

In 2016 the game between the two sides at Edgbaston in May was drawn. Somerset won the toss and batting first were dismissed for 295 in 86.3 overs, of which Abell made 104 and Trego 98.

Warwickshire in reply made 152 all our in 49.4 overs, Varun Chopra hitting 56. Batting for a second time Somerset scored 178 all out in 46.5 overs, Trego making 51.

Chasing 322 the hosts had reached four without loss when the weather prevented any play on the final day.

In the return match at Taunton in September, the hosts chose to bat first and were bowled out for 95 in 30.1 overs. Warwickshire replied with 123 all out with Dom Bess taking six for 28.

Somerset then scored 211 all out second time round of which Chris Rogers made 58.

Chasing 184 to win Warwickshire were all out for 152 in 58 overs as Jack Leach claimed six for 42 to see Somerset to victory by 31 runs.

TEAM NEWS

Ahead of the match Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard has announced the following squad:

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

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Previewing the game Somerset Captain Tom Abell said: “This is obviously a massive game for us so we have to put what happened last week behind us. I think it’s getting to the stage in the season where we have got to be looking to win every game that we play.

“Although Warwickshire are bottom of the table I think that they are a serious side as well so it’s a tough competition. We are all certainly up for it and the batters have been in the nets this morning so hopefully we can put in a big performance at Edgbaston.

“George Bartlett and Pete Trego have been brought into the squad, but we will leave the final selection until we look at the conditions on the morning of the game.”

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match begins on Tuesday September 12th when we welcome Lancashire to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Specsavers County Championship.

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