Specsavers County Championship Preview: Yorkshire v Somerset
Somerset are back in Specsavers County Championship action on Monday when we face Yorkshire at Scarborough where play is set to start at 11am.
Somerset are currently seventh in the Division One table on 43 points whilst Yorkshire are fourth with 96 points.
In the last round of matches Yorkshire drew with Surrey at Headingley while Somerset drew with Hampahire at the Ageas Bowl
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The two sides have met on 174 occasions in the County Championship with Somerset winning 23 of the games whilst Yorkshire have triumphed on 91 occasions. 60 matches have been drawn.
When the two sides met at the Cooper Associates County Ground earlier this year it was Yorkshire who triumphed at the end of a very close encounter.
Batting first the visitors were dismissed for 202 in 75 overs. Andrew Hodd made 59 whilst Jamie Overton took three for 30. There were also two wickets each for Lewis Gregory, Dom Bess and Jack Leach.
In reply Somerset made 224 in 64 overs, Craig Overton ending unbeaten on 44 and Gregory contributing 43. Ryan Sidebottom claimed five for 56 for Yorkshire.
Batting for a second time Yorkshire hit 283 of which Gary Ballance made 98 and Peter Hanscomb 70. Dom Bess was the pick of the home attack with five for 80 while Leach took three for 53.
Chasing 262 for victory, Somerset fell just short on 258 all out in 85.3 overs, Adam Hose making 68 and Steve Davies 59.
After struggling for form so far this season Somerset Club Captain Tom Abell will not be in the First Team squad for this match.
Regarding the decision Tom said: “It’s been a tough start to the season for me and the team has to come first. The support that I’ve received has been incredible and hugely appreciated, as has the backing from the team and coaches. However, the reality is that the guys in the Second Team have been doing really well, so they fully deserve their opportunity.
“Naturally I’m gutted to not be playing but I really hope the boys go well against Yorkshire.”
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Every single person connected with the Club, from the Members and supporters up to the Committee, are desperate for Tom to return to form and I have no doubt that he will do just that. He is an outstanding player, a genuine leader of men and as the old adage says: form is temporary but class is permanent.”
“We’ll be working hard with him in the nets and he’ll be playing some Second XI cricket and I’m confident that he will be back in contention for First XI selection again sooner rather than later”.
Lewis Gregory will captain the side.
Somerset will also be without Jamie Overton who returned to the Club this week from England Lions duty with an injury.
The full Somerset squad is as follows: Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, Tim Rouse, James Hildreth, Adam Hose, Steve Davies (wk), Jim Allenby, Lewis Gregory (c), Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Tim Groenewald, Jack Leach, Dom Bess.
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Looking ahead to the match Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “We need to be putting decent performances together in our batting. Generally our batting line up has failed and in seven matches we have only scored four centuries and in most innings we are 100 to 150 below where we could be if we were at our best. That is something that we need to address, starting with our game against Yorkshire at Scarborough.
“We have got to take it one step at a time because it’s obviously going to take three or four wins from our last seven games looking at the table. Last season we won five out of seven, so if we can somehow find that confidence within the batting group it will enable us to post challenging first innings totals. The bowlers have done really well for us this season, so the key thing is whether we look at the balance of the side for Yorkshire.”
Regarding Jamie’s injury Matt said: “It’s not potentially as bad as we thought it was, so he’ll have a little bit of rest and rehab work. Hopefully he will play a substantial part in the rest of our season.”Back to News