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Vitality Blast Preview: Gloucestershire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset take on Gloucestershire in the 2019 Vitality Blast at Bristol tomorrow (Friday).

Play is due to get underway at 6:30pm.

Somerset are currently fifth in the South Group with 11 points from 10 matches whilst Gloucestershire are fourth with 12 points from their 11 games.

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

Since 2003 when the T20 was first introduced the two sides have played against each other on 26 occasions, Somerset have won 13, Gloucestershire 11, two have ended in a no result while five have been abandoned.

Somerset’s highest score in the series is 250 for 3 at Taunton in 2006, while for Gloucestershire it is 227 for 4 at Bristol also in 2006. Somerset’s lowest innings total in the series is 104 at Taunton in 2007, while for Gloucestershire it is 100 for 9 at Bristol, also in 2007.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 116 not out made 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 4 for 15 by Lewis Gregory at Bristol in 2011, while for Gloucestershire it is 4 for 16 by Jack Taylor in the same match.

The match at the Coopers Associates County Ground in Taunton last Friday evening was abandoned without a ball bring bowled.

It was honours even in the matches that the two sides played each other in 2018. In the game between the two sides at Taunton in early July after being asked to bat, Gloucestershire posted 188 for 6 from their overs thanks to 55 from Ryan Higgins and 34 from Jack Taylor.

Somerset in reply reached 190 for 4 the feature of which was a partnership of 90 between Peter Trego and Steven Davies that saw the hosts to victory with 19 balls to spare. Davies made 60, while Trego remained unbeaten on 72.

In the return game in Bristol a week later Somerset were put into bat in a match reduced by the rain to 11 overs a side, from which they reached 114 for 8, Corey Anderson making 40 not out from 17 balls. When Gloucestershire replied Ian Cockbain hit 43 from 22 balls to see his side to 116 for 6 with 5 balls to spare.

TEAM NEWS

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Tom Abell (c), Babar Azam, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, James Hildreth, Tim Groenewald, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Ollie Sale, Jerome Taylor, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Director of Cricket Andy Hurry gives his thoughts ahead of Gloucestershire v Somerset

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Somerset have affected seven run outs so far in the competition, the highest of all teams. Kent, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are tied second with four run outs each.
  • This season Somerset are averaging 60.37 runs per wicket in the Powerplay – comfortably the highest of any team in the Vitality Blast. The next best is 45.12 by Yorkshire.
  • This season Tom Banton has scored 24 runs from 10 scoop and switch hits and has not been dismissed when playing the shots.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

With the match falling on a bank holiday weekend, Gloucestershire CCC are advising fans to carefully look at travel plans. There is a park and ride scheme in operation.

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