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Vitality Blast Preview: Gloucestershire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset make the short trip up the M5 to take on Gloucestershire at the Brightside Ground in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Friday) in a match that begins at 6:30pm.

The visitors will be looking to do the double over Gloucestershire following their six wicket win in the opening match of this years campaign.

Somerset currently have two points from their two fixtures whilst Gloucestershire have four points from their three games.

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

HEAD TO HEAD

Since T20 cricket was first introduced in 2003, the two sides have played against each other on 29 occasions. Somerset have won 13 times, Gloucestershire have won 10, two have ended in a no result and four have been abandoned.

Somerset’s highest score in the series is 250 for three at Taunton in 2006, while for Gloucestershire it is 227 for four at Bristol also in 2006.

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

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

Last Friday at the Cooper Associates County Ground it was Somerset who ran out the winners by six wickets. After being asked to bat first Gloucestershire posted 188 for six from their 20 overs, Lewis Gregory taking two for 37 and Josh Davey two for 35.

In reply Somerset reached their target with more than three overs to spare thanks to a second wicket partnership of 90 between Steve Davies (60) and an unbeaten 72 from Peter Trego.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are still without Tim Groenewald (groin) but Craig Overton is back in the squad following a side injury. Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for the match:

Tom Abell, Corey Anderson, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory (c), James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Max Waller.

The Gloucestershire squad is as follows:

Michael Klinger (c), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, Gareth Roderick, Kieran Noema-Barnett, George Hankins, Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor, Graeme van Buuren, Tom Smith, Andrew Tye, David Payne, Matt Taylor, Chris Liddle.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the second local derby in a week Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Obviously we were all disappointed with the result against Kent on Sunday and the guys have been reflecting on that and practicing hard this week. There will be a big crowd up there and the lads are all looking forward to it.

“Although we lost to Kent, the main message hasn’t changed. We want the players to express themselves, be themselves and play the game that we want to play. You don’t become a bad team overnight. We’ve had a very strong performance followed by a poor performance and in T20 cricket fine margins make all the difference. We want the players to go out there, enjoy themselves and back their skills.

“Gloucestershire have got back to back wins after losing to us so they’ll be in confident mood but practice this week has been brilliant and our lads are all in good spirits.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are planning on attending the match, you can find out everything you need to know from the Gloucestershire website by clicking here

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