Vitality Blast Preview: Hampshire v Somerset
Somerset travel to the Ageas Bowl to take on Hampshire in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Wednesday).
This floodlit match is scheduled to begin at 6:30pm.
Somerset are currently top of the South Group table with 14 points from their ten matches, whilst Hampshire are seventh with four points from nine matches.
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The match is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket. Coverage begins at 6pm.
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 introduced the two sides have met on 16 occasions. Somerset have won nine times, Hampshire have triumphed on five 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 earlier this month, and for Hampshire it is five for 17 by Liam Dawson at the Ageas Bowl in 2016.
When the two sides met at the Cooper Associates County Ground earlier this month it was Somerset who came out on top by 16 runs.
Hampshire won the toss and elected to field. The home side slipped to 17 for three but 57 from James Hildreth along with vital contributions from Corey Anderson, Tom Abell, Lewis Gregory and Roelof van der Merwe ensured that Somerset posted a total of 197 for seven.
The Hampshire reply was built around 74 from James Vince and 82 from Liam Dawson. However, no other Hampshire batsman reached double figures as Jerome Taylor claimed five for 15 to bowl his side to victory.
Somerset have named the following squad for this fixture: Tom Abell, Corey Anderson, Tom Banton, Josh Davey, Lewis Gregory (c), James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jerome Taylor, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of this match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The squad are full of confidence at the moment and to go to a tough place like Sussex and come away with a win was great.
“Hampshire are a dangerous white-ball side and they ran us close last week so we won’t be taking anything for granted. They’ve struggled a little bit in the competition so it’s important that we keep them down there. James Vince and Liam Dawson played really well against us recently and they are both high quality players. They’ve got some good players but it’s important that we concentrate on our own game.
“There’s a real unity in the camp at the moment and what’s been really impressive is that different people have stood up at different times. Game after game it’s been someone different and that’s really exciting as we build towards not just the end of this campaign but for the next two or three years as well.”
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