Vitality Blast Preview: Essex Eagles v Somerset


Somerset take on Essex Eagles in the 2019 Vitality Blast at CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford tomorrow (Wednesday).

Play is due to get underway at 7pm.


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


The two sides have met 10 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won six of the matches whilst Essex have won four.

The highest team total for Somerset in the series is 225 for two at Chelmsford in 2011 whilst for Essex it is 209 for five at the Recreation Ground in Bath in 2011.

The highest individual score for Somerset is 108 not out by Marcus Trescothick at Chelmsford in 2011, and for Essex it is 105 not out by Ravi Bopara at the same venue in 2010.

The best bowling performance for Somerset is four for 37 at Chelmsford in 2015 whilst for Essex it is four for 22 by Timothy Phillips at the Rec in 2011.

When the sides met in 2018 it was Somerset who came out on top.

Essex won the toss and elected to bat.

Jerome Taylor and Jamie Overton both claimed three wickets as the visitors were restricted to 135 for nine from their allotted overs.

In reply, Johann Myburgh smashed his way to 103 not out from just 44 balls as Somerset eased to a 10 wicket victory.


Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad:  Tom Abell (c), Babar Azam, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Eddie Byrom, James Hildreth, Tim Groenewald, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Ollie Sale, Jerome Taylor, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.


Looking ahead to Wednesday’s game Head Coach Jason Kerr said: “We need to win as many of the remaining games as possible. It was disappointing at Middlesex where we did a lot of things well in the game, but under pressure lost a little bit of our thinking and clarity of execution which cost us. I think if we can out them right at Chelmsford we could get onto a bit of a run we will still be in the competition.”

“The games are coming thick and fast now and we have got three in the space of five days, two away and one at home and by the end of the week if we can get some positive results then we will be right back in it.”


In the death over phase of the 2018 Vitality Blast Somerset took a wicket every 9.4 deliveries.


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