Vitality Blast Preview: Glamorgan v Somerset
Somerset’s 2020 Vitality Blast campaign continues when we travel to Glamorgan to Sophia Gardens tomorrow (Wednesday).
Play is due to get underway at 6:30pm.
Somerset are currently fourth in the Central Group, one place above their hosts.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
A live stream, courtesy of Glamorgan 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
Since the introduction of T20 back in 2003 Somerset and Glamorgan have played against each other on 35 occasions. Somerset have won 18 matches, Glamorgan have won 11, two games have ended in a no result and four games have been abandoned without a ball being 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 by Arul Suppiah at Cardiff in 2011, which was a world record at the time, while for Glamorgan it is three for nine by Robert Croft in the same match.
The last time the two sides met in T20 cricket was on September 1st this year at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
Somerset won the game by eight wickets.
The home side won the toss and elected to field.
Chris Cooke top scored for the visitors with 42 bu the Somerset bowlers limited Glamorgan to 133 for eight from their 20 overs.
Ben Green was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four for 26.
Somerset slipped to 24 for two but Tom Abell (74 not out) and James Hildreth (34 not out) ensured that the hosts reached the required total with the loss of no further wickets from just 16.1 overs.
James Hildreth is still unavailable as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Abell, Babar Azam, George Bartlett, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Goldsworthy, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Ollie Sale, Will Smeed, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the game, Jason Kerr said: “You would have to say that all of our remaining matches are must-win games. It was a disappointing result for us at the weekend and we need to bounce back from that. We’ve had a good practice session today and we need to take that energy into tomorrow’s game.
“Although the results haven’t been what we wanted, there have been some positives to take from each game and we will certainly be looking to turn things around, starting at Glamorgan.
“The side has shown real character in getting close to winning when we should have been nowhere near it. The reality is that we haven’t been good enough across the duration of 40 overs and we will be looking to put that right this week.”
DID YOU KNOW?
- Max Waller is similarly effective against right-handers and left-handers in T20 cricket conceding at just 7.51 runs per over against left-handers and 7.38 runs per over against right-handers
- Roelof van der Merwe was excellent last season’s Vitality Blast with 10 wickets in the middle overs and five wickets at the death – the most by a Somerset player