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Vitality Blast Preview: Gloucestershire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset’s final Central Group match of the 2020 Vitality Blast campaign is a short hop up the M5 to take on local rivals Gloucestershire tomorrow (Sunday).

Play is due to get underway at 1pm.

A win would very likely ensure Somerset progress to the quarter-finals. There are various NRR permutations around the country, but if Somerset do record victory, only a large Durham win away at Trent Bridge realistically posing a threat to Somerset’s excellent NRR of 0.757.

Defeat would very likely see Somerset knocked out of the tournament, unless multiple other results fell into our favour.

We will keep everyone updated of the situation tomorrow as it changes on the SCCC Match Centre.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can keep up to date using our dedicated Match Centre via this website and on our Twitter feed.

A live stream, courtesy of Gloucestershire 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 Gloucestershire on 29 occasions in T20 cricket.

Somerset have won 12 of the matches, Gloucestershire have come out on top 11 times, four games have been abandoned and there have been two no results.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 250 for three at Taunton in 2006 and for Gloucestershire it is 227 for four at Bristol in the same year.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 116 not out by Cameron White at Taunton in 2006 and for Gloucestershire it is 101 by Michael Klinger at Taunton in 2016.

The best bowling for Somerset is four for 15 by Lewis Gregory at Bristol in 2011 while for Gloucestershire it is four for 16 by Jack Taylor at Bristol in 2011.

The last time that the two sides met in T20 cricket was at the Cooper Associates County Ground earlier this month with Gloucestershire coming out on top by just 11 runs.

Somerset won the toss and elected to field.

Ian Cockbain (50) and Benny Howell (49 not out) helped to see the visitors to a total of 203 for six. Max Waller was the pick of the bowlers with three for 18.

Despite a sensational 82 from Will Smeed, Somerset fell just short of the required score, finishing on 192 for eight.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Abell, Babar Azam, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Ollie Sale, Will Smeed, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Somerset Vitality Blast Captain, Lewis Gregory said: “The two wins this week gives us momentum going into the final group match against Gloucestershire on Sunday. We haven’t been smart enough in adapting to the slower pitches at Bristol in the past, but we know what we are up against and we have the players to win the game.

“They’ve had a great Vitality Blast so far, but we just need to go there without the shackles on and put in a performance.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Two of Somerset’s highest ever scores in T20 cricket have come against Gloucestershire. 250 for three in 2006 and 228 for five in 2005.
  • Somerset’s highest T20 total at the Bristol County Ground is 200 all out in 2006.
  • Five Somerset bowlers have claimed four wickets in a match against Gloucestershire. Lewis Gregory (4/15 in 2011), Dirk Nannes (4/21 in 2014), Gareth Andrew (4/22 in 2005), Charl Willoughby (4/30 in 2006) and Alfonso Thomas (4/35 in 2013).
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