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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Glamorgan

THE MATCH

Somerset’s 2020 Vitality Blast campaign continues when we welcome Glamorgan to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Tuesday).

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

Since the introduction of T20 back in 2003 Somerset and Glamorgan have played against each other on 34 occasions. Somerset have won 17 matches, Glamorgan have won 11, two games have ended in a no result and four games have been abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The highest total by Somerset in the series is 219 for five at Taunton in 2006, and for Glamorgan it is 206 for six in the same match.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 107 not out by James Hildreth at Taunton in 2012 and for Glamorgan it is 116 not out by Ian Thomas at Taunton in 2004.

The best bowling for Somerset is six wickets for five runs by Arul Suppiah at Cardiff in 2011, which was a world record at the time, while for Glamorgan it is three for nine by Robert Croft in the same match.

The last time the two sides met in T20 cricket was in August 2019 at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Somerset won the game by 25 runs.

After winning the toss, Glamorgan captain Colin Ingram elected to field.

Tom Banton and Babar Azam got the hosts off to a good start and added 61 for the first wicket. The Pakistan opener went on to make 63 from 42 balls which helped Somerset post a total of 177 for eight from their allotted overs.

David Lloyd top scored for the visitors with 63 from 37 balls but the Somerset bowlers were in excellent form and Glamorgan were dismissed for 152. Max Waller was the pick of the bowlers with three for 19 from his four overs.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset Head Coach Jason Kerr has added Dom Bess to the squad for the match.

SQUAD: Tom Abell (c), George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Ollie Sale, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Somerset spinner, Max Waller said: “Glamorgan are another side that I think are best suited to T20 cricket. It’ll be a tough test against them as it always is.

“They’ll be keen to do a job on us after the recent Bob Willis Championship match. They’ll be looking to get their own back and they’ve got some powerful hitters who will be dangerous. Chris Cook is someone who is a real threat.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In six Vitality Blast matches last season at the Cooper Associates County Ground teams scored at 9.62 runs per over. Of all venues to host multiple matches only the Essex Country Ground (10.14 rpo) saw a higher scoring rate
  • The 200 run mark was crossed on five occasions at the Cooper Associates County Ground last season. Across all T20 Blast editions only twice has a venue seen more 200+ scores in a season – seven at Trent Bridge in 2017 & seven at Edgbaston in 2018
  • Tom Abell was Somerset’s quickest scorer in the middle overs in last season’s T20 Blast striking at 176.8. Of all players in the competition to have faced 50+ balls in overs 7-15, only Cameron Delport, Aaron Finch & Moeen Ali scored at a quicker rate.

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 Somerset Disability, VI & Super 1’s Cricket.

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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