Vitality Blast Preview: Hampshire v Somerset
Somerset take on Hampshire in the 2019 Vitality Blast at the Ageas Bowl tomorrow (Friday).
Play is due to get underway at 7pm.
Somerset are currently sixth in the South Group with six points from seven matches whilst Hampshire are fourth with seven points from their seven games.
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In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
The two sides have met on 18 occasions in T20 cricket. Somerset have won 10 times, Hampshire have triumphed on six occasions, one match was tied and one was abandoned.
Somerset’s highest total in the series is 220 for four at Taunton in 2010, while for Hampshire it is 216 for five in the same match.
The highest individual innings by a Somerset batsman is 85 not out by Chris Gayle at Taunton in 2015 and for Hampshire it is 85 by Tom Alsop at the Ageas Bowl in 2016.
The best bowling return for Somerset is five for 15 by Jerome Taylor at Taunton in 2018, and for Hampshire it is five for 17 by Liam Dawson at the Ageas Bowl in 2016.
Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named an unchanged squad: Tom Abell (c), Babar Azam, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Eddie Byrom, James Hildreth, Tim Groenewald, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Ollie Sale, Jerome Taylor, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Looking ahead to the game Jason said: “It has been a bit of a stop start campaign for us so far in this competition so we are trying to build on our win over Essex. There were significant improvements in both facets of our game last night.
“We gave a comprehensive performance with the bat, building on a brilliant platform from Babar and Banton and then the way that Eddie played and Tom Abell through the middle was superb.”
Jason went on: “Then we were more clinical with the ball, the two spinners got the rewards last night, but some of the plans we have talked about we executed better yesterday, so we will be looking to take that confidence and momentum into Friday and Saturday.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Somerset dominated the post-Powerplay overs last season. Once the field restrictions were lifted Somerset scored at a remarkable 10.36 runs over for the last 14 overs of the innings – no one was quicker.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
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