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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Birmingham Bears

THE MATCH

Somerset’s 2020 Vitality Blast campaign continues when we welcome Birmingham Bears to the Cooper Associates County Ground today.

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

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

Somerset County Cricket Club have teamed up with our Vitality Blast Live Stream Partner, Trade Nation to sponsor our live streaming service for the 2020 Vitality Blast.

We would love for you to be here with us, but at a time when cricket is being played behind closed stadium doors, it is our duty to provide you with the best matchday experience possible, accessible from the comfort of your own home.

This service will bring a number of benefits to supporters watching from home and will included dedicated commentary supplied by award-winning broadcaster Charlie Taylor and Somerset Academy Director Steve Snell.

You can enjoy this service via our online Match Centre.

In addition to this, regular updates will appear across our social media channels and a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.

HEAD TO HEAD

Somerset have faced Birmingham Bears on 14 occasions in T20 cricket.

Somerset have won four of the matches, Birmingham Bears have come out on top eight times and there has been two no results.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 192 for seven at Edgbaston in 2009 and for Birmingham Bears it is 193 for six in the same game.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 76 by Craig Kieswetter at Edgbaston in 2013, and for Birmingham Bears it is 67 not out by Darren Maddy in the same match.

The best bowling for Somerset is four for five by Yasir Arafat at Taunton in 2013 while for Birmingham Bears it is four for nine by Brad Hogg at Edgbaston in 2004.

The last time the two sides met in the competition was at Edgbaston in 2013.

The home side won the toss and elected to field.

Craig Kieswetter’s 76 plus 32 from 23 balls from both Peter Trego and Nick Compton ensured that Somerset posted a total of 175 for five from our 20 overs.

Despite half centuries from Maddy (67*) and Laurie Evans (51*), the Somerset bowlers were able to restrict the hosts to 165 for three as the visitors won by 10 runs. Craig Meschede was the pick of the attack, claiming two for 27.

TEAM NEWS

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following 14-man squad:

Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Abell, Babar Azam, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Ollie Sale, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

“Momentum in sport is crucial, especially when the games come thick and fast like they do in the Vitality Blast, so we need to replicate what we did in our last home match against Glamorgan. The first half of that game was as good as I’ve seen from us.

“It’s a game we’re looking forward to. We know that we’ll be playing on a good surface and we obviously know the conditions well. The guys love playing here and hopefully we can put on another good show for those watching online.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In all Blast editions at the Cooper Associates County Ground has had 28 scores of 200 or more – the most in a venue in the competition
  • Somerset have affected 100 run outs across all T20 Blast editions. Only Kent (113) and  Lancashire (108) have run out players more times
  • Somerset batsmen last season scored 82 runs off 47 reverse sweeps. No team had scored more and played the unorthodox shot as often as Somerset

MATCH DAY COMMENTARY

Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to announce that live streaming for Vitality Blast fixtures will feature a dedicated commentary team.

As part of our live streaming partnership with Trade Nation, the move will allow production to be taken to the next level, with audio and vision in perfect harmony.

An integral element of our new stream will be our exciting new commentary team which will consist of Award winning BBC Radio Somerset presenter Charlie Taylor and SCCC Academy Director, Steve Snell.

BIG SCORES MEANS BIG MONEY FOR CHARITY

Trade Nation, our Vitality Blast Live Stream Partner, are set to ensure that big scores mean big money for charity when Somerset take to the field at the Cooper Associates County Ground this summer.

At each of our five home Vitality Blast fixtures, Trade Nation have generously agreed to donate £25 for every four and £50 for every six!

In addition to this, there will be eight 12 feet tall x 8ft wide TN targets situated in the stands and each time the ball strikes these letters Trade Nation will donate a further £250… so aim for the stands chaps! What’s more, no matter what the score at the end of the match, Trade Nation promise to send each charity home with at least £1,000.

Money raised at this match will benefit Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Devon Air Ambulance.

STREAM IN STYLE

In association with our partner Trade Nation we’re giving you the chance to win a ‘stream in style’ experience to enjoy matchday from the comfort of your own living room!

Simply fill in your details below and we will select one lucky fan (per match) to receive the following treasure trove:

  • A brand spanking new smart TV – Hook up to your internet and you can stream all of the Somerset CCC games from the comfort of your own home
  • Pizza and Thatchers – Cricket, the only sport to break specifically for refreshments. In T20, there’s no time for afternoon tea so let us bring the pizza and beers to you!
  • Assorted Trade Nation Merchandise – To really help you get into the spirit of matchday

Rules

To be in with a chance of winning this incredible matchday package you must:

  • Follow Trade Nation on at least one social media channel
  • Like the competition post, comment on why you deserve to win and/or, if you think your friends might be interested, get your mates involved
  • Fill in your details as listed on the page via ‘Entry Form’ button

And that’s it*! If you have done all of the above, just cross your fingers and listen out for our phone call during the match interval.

ENTRY FORM

Please note that you must live within a 40 mile radius of the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Make sure you keep your phone on you during the 10 minute interval on each of the five Vitality Blast matchdays because that’s when we’ll let one lucky entrant know the good news!

One entry per person per game.

Entrants that are found to have submitted multiple attempts will be disqualified.

See our full competition Terms & ConditionsSomerset Cricket’s Privacy Policy and Trade Nation’s Privacy Policy here.

*Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions.

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