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Vitality Blast Preview: Gloucestershire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to the Bristol County Ground to take on Gloucestershire in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Thursday).

Play will get underway at 6:30pm.

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HEAD TO HEAD

Somerset have faced Gloucestershire on 36 occasions in T20 cricket.

Somerset have won 13 of the matches, Gloucestershire have come out on top 14 times, seven 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.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset will be without Tom Banton (international duty), Roelof van der Merwe (side strain) and Tom Abell (hamstring), but James Hildreth returns to the squad following a hip injury.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Lewis Gregory, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Devon Conway, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Will Smeed and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the local derby, Jason Kerr said: “It was a disappointing result at Essex and we need to bounce back at Bristol on Thursday.

“Gloucestershire are a good white-ball side. They understand their brand of cricket and what their identity is as a team. We are in the process of establishing that.

“We had a couple of really close games against them last year and we’re looking to go there and come away with two points.

“We’ve got four games in five days this week so we need to dig deep and show the resilience of character that we have done in the past.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

For more information please visit the official Gloucestershire website.

THE OPPOSITION

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Coach: Ian Harvey (interim)

Captain: Jack Taylor

Last Year’s Performance: Semi-finalists

2020 Leading Runscorer: Ian Cockbain (399 @ 44.33)

2020 Leading Wicket Taker: David Payne (16 @ 18.68)

Overseas players: Dan Worrall (Australia), Glenn Phillips (New Zealand) – both all tournament

Key man: Ian Cockbain – Possess incredible ball-striking ability and is a player that has real fear-factor for opposition attacks.

Flies under the radar: Chris Dent – cast as a red-ball specialist, he returned to the T20 side last summer after a four-year absence and made 371 runs at 33.72

Best Player Under 24: Tom Lace – Very highly-rated batsman who joined from Middlesex. Yet to play a T20 match but talent will no doubt transfer to the shortest format

Blast expectations: Gloucestershire will expect another strong campaign having become one of the most consistent T20 sides of the past few years. Four times in the last five seasons they have qualified for the quarter-finals and in 2020 finally overcame their knockout hoodoo by destroying Northamptonshire and earning a place at Finals Day for the first time since 2007.

It wasn’t the return to Edgbaston they envisaged, losing a crucial toss and being comfortably beaten by Surrey, and no doubt there will be a feeling of unfinished business to prove they belong on county cricket’s grandest stage.

A strong start to the LV= Insurance County Championship suggests a squad full of confidence and the addition of New Zealander Glenn Phillips adds quality that could help them return to Finals Day.

DID YOU KNOW?

Max Waller needs one wicket to become Somerset’s all time leading wicket taker in T20 cricket.

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match is on Friday when we welcome Middlesex to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast.

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