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Vitality Blast Preview: Glamorgan v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset begin our quest for Vitality Blast glory at Glamorgan this evening.

In last year’s Vitality Blast Somerset reached Finals Day after topping the South Group whilst Glamorgan finished sixth in the South Group.

Play will get underway at 6:30pm

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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

Since the introduction of T20 cricket Somerset and Glamorgan have played against each other on 30 occasions. Somerset have won 15 of those matches, Glamorgan have won 11 times, two games have ended in a no result and two games have been abandoned without a ball bowled.

The highest total by Somerset in the series is 219 for five at Taunton in 2006, and for Glamorgan it is 206 for six in the same match.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 107 not out by James Hildreth at Taunton in 2012 and for Glamorgan it is 116 not out by Ian Thomas at Taunton in 2004.

The best bowling for Somerset is six wickets for five runs (a world record) by Arul Suppiah at Cardiff in 2011 while for Glamorgan it is three for nine by Robert Croft in the same match.

When the two sides met last year in this competition it was Somerset who came out on top on both occasions.

In the game at Sophia Gardens in July, Somerset posted 190 for five after being put in. Corey Anderson top scored with 59 while James Hildreth hit an unbeaten 56. In reply Glamorgan reached 160 for nine. Max Waller claimed his 100th T20 wicket in the match.

The return match at Taunton in August saw the hosts put into bat again. Somerset scored 210 for seven, Anderson contributing 72. In reply Glamorgan reached 181 for nine, Waller taking four for 25.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset have included both Babar Azam and Jerome Taylor in the squad for this match.

The Somerset squad is: Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Abell, Babar Azam, Tom Banton, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jerome Taylor, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “A lot of lessons have been learned from last year’s competition and hopefully we can go that little bit further this year. We grew throughout the competition last year. We won the first couple of games but then lost few and then we found a formula that worked as we moved through the tournament. There’s lots of positives that we can take from last year and bring in to this campaign.

“Although we’ve won a trophy this season, we almost have to put that to the back of our minds until we revisit that in September. We’re in the midst of the season now and we’re coming off the back of a disappointing result at Headingley. We’re extremely determined to right that wrong.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Lewis Gregory had a strike-rate of 202.46 in last season’s Vitality Blast, the highest by any batsman who made more than three appearances. Somerset’s captain played in all their 16 matches, averaging 46.85.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are traveling to the match you can find everything you need to know by visiting the Glamorgan website

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