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Vitality Blast Preview: Birmingham Bears v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset begin our 2020 Vitality Blast campaign with a match against Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston tomorrow (Friday).

Play is due to get underway at 6:30pm.

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A live stream, courtesy of Warwickshire CCC, will also be available to view via our website.

In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.

HEAD TO HEAD

Somerset have faced Birmingham Bears on 13 occasions in T20 cricket.

Somerset have won four of the matches, Birmingham Bears have come out on top eight times and there has been one no result.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 192 for seven at Edgbaston in 2009 and for Birmingham Bears it is 193 for six in the same game.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 76 by Craig Kieswetter at Edgbaston in 2013, and for Birmingham Bears it is 67 not out by Darren Maddy in the same match.

The best bowling for Somerset is four for five by Yasir Arafat at Taunton in 2013 while for Birmingham Bears it is four for nine by Brad Hogg at Edgbaston in 2004.

The last time the two sides met in the competition was at Edgbaston in 2013.

The home side won the toss and elected to field.

Craig Kieswetter’s 76 plus 32 from 23 balls from both Peter Trego and Nick Compton ensured that Somerset posted a total of 175 for five from our 20 overs.

Despite half centuries from Maddy (67*) and Laurie Evans (51*), the Somerset bowlers were able to restrict the hosts to 165 for three as the visitors won by 10 runs. Craig Meschede was the pick of the attack, claiming two for 27.

TEAM NEWS

Lewis Gregory and Tom Banton are unavailable due to international commitments so Tom Abell will captain the side.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following 13-man squad:

Tom Abell (c), George Bartlett, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Ollie Sale, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The start of the Vitality Blast is always exciting and we’ve had a couple of really good practice sessions this week.

“Historically, the Bears have been a very strong one-day side but we were able to put in a really good performance  against them in red-ball cricket recently and we’ll be looking to do the same again on Friday.

“The confidence in the group is high at the moment and hopefully we can take that into the game against the Bears and put in other good display.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Somerset’s first ever competitive match in T20 cricket was against Birmingham Bears at Taunton on June 13th 2003
  • The first Somerset player to take a competitive T20 wicket was Aaron Laraman when he dismissed Jonathan Trott for two in that match courtesy of a catch from Simon Francis
  • Max Waller has taken a Club record 75 T20 catches for Somerset
  • Somerset scored at 9.49 runs per over in the 2019 T20 Blast – the highest of all the teams
  • Somerset affected ten run outs last season. Only Derbyshire (11) ran out players more times
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