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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Glamorgan

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Glamorgan to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast today.

Play will get underway at 7pm.

Only Members who have been successful in the Vitality Blast ballot will be permitted entry to the Cooper Associates County Ground for this match.

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.

The game is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met 36 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won 19 times, Glamorgan have won 11 times, there have been two no results and four matches have been abandoned.

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

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 114 not out by Babar Azam at Sophia Gardens in 2020, while for Glamorgan it is 116 not out by Ian Thomas at Taunton in 2004.

The best bowling for Somerset is six for five by Arul Suppiah at Cardiff in 2011, while for Glamorgan it is three for nine by Robert Croft in the same match.

The last time that the two sides met was at Cardiff in September last year. It was a match that Somerset won by 66 runs.

Glamorgan won the toss and elected to field. It initially seemed like a good decision as Somerset slipped to 21 for two. However, Babar Azam made 114 not out from just 62 balls and he was well supported by debutant Lewis Goldsworthy (38 not out) as the visitors reached 183 for three from their 20 overs.

The Glamorgan reply got off to the worst possible start as they slipped to three for two in the second over. From that point onwards, the Somerset bowlers were always on top and the hosts were dismissed for 117 in just 15.5 overs.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are still without Roelof van der Merwe who has a side strain.

The Club have named the following squad for this match: Lewis Gregory, Tom Abell, Tom Banton, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Will Smeed and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Arriving back in the earlier hours of Saturday morning isn’t the ideal preparation for a match on Saturday evening, but we are accustomed to that and we have adapted really well in the past when faced with a similar situation. It’s the nature of the beast and I have no doubts that the players will be up for it.

“Obviously, Matt Maynard has experience of the Club and the conditions here and they are a dangerous team. We will need to be on point and it’s another opportunity for us to showcase our skills and demonstrate how we are moving forward as a side.

“Having crowds back has made a difference. We’re really fortunate to get the support that we receive and no one takes that for granted. The atmosphere was really good on Tuesday and hopefully we will get more of the same against Glamorgan.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you have been successful in the Member ballot and are attending the match, please refer to the FAQ page below for everything that you need to know:

MEMBER BALLOT FAQs

ENTRANCE TIMES AND GATES

If you have been successful in the ballot for this match, please can we request that you you enter the Cooper Associates County Ground via your designated gate at your designated time. These are also printed on your match ticket.

Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Elevated Jack White (St James Street) Gate 17:00 – 17:30
Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Lower Tier Jack White (St James Street) Gate 18:30 – 19:00
Gimblett’s Hill Jack White (St James Street) Gate 17:30 – 18:00
Accessibility Area – Legend’s Square Brian Rose Gates 18:30 – 19:00
Somerset Stand Block 1 Brian Rose Gates 18:30 – 19:00
Somerset Stand Block 2 Brian Rose Gates 17:30 – 18:00
Somerset Stand Block 3 Brian Rose Gates 17:00 – 17:30
Somerset Stand Block 4 Brian Rose Gates 17:30 – 18:00
Somerset Stand Block 5 Brian Rose Gates 18:30 – 19:00
The River Stand Brian Rose Gates 17:00 – 17:30
Lord Ian Botham Stand Brian Rose Gates 17:00 – 17:30
Ondaatje Non-Alcohol Stand St James Street 17:00 – 17:30

WE’VE MISSED YOU

With Members returning to the Cooper Associates County Ground, we wanted to let you know just how much we have missed you!

WI-FI

Don’t forget that our ground-wide Wi-Fi network is fully operational.

The Wi-Fi is completely free of charge and to connect all you have to do is select the option: “_WeAreSomerset” in your settings and enter a valid email address.

You can also update your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.

With the new Wi-Fi you can browse the internet around the Cooper Associates County Ground. This means, for example, that our matchday live stream can be accessed without using your data, meaning instant replays of all the action on the field are available at no extra cost to you.

THE OPPOSITION

GLAMORGAN

Coach: Matthew Maynard

Captain: Chris Cooke

Last Year’s Performance: Fifth (Central Group)

2020 Leading Runscorer: Andy Balbirnie (255, 36.42)

2020 Leading Wicket Taker: Timm van der Gugten (14, 14.92)

Overseas players: Colin Ingram (South Africa – whole tournament); Marnus Labuschagne (Australia – June-July)

Key man: Colin Ingram – The hard-hitting South African has made Glamorgan his second home and after missing the Vitality Blast last year he will be keen to assert his authority on the competition again.

Flies under the radar: Timm van der Gugten – The Netherlands international has been Glamorgan’s leading wicket-taker in his past two Blast campaigns for the club. He’s in good form, claiming man-of-the-match honours in Holland’s opening ODI against Ireland this week after claiming four wickets in the most recent LV= Insurance County Championship match against Kent.

Best Player Under 24: Kiran Carlson – After bursting onto the scene as an 18-year-old it has been a bit of a slow burn for Carlson who offered a firm reminder of his class with a pair of twin tons against Sussex earlier this summer. He struggled in the Blast last year but it is surely a matter of time before he finds the consistency to make him a potent force in the Glamorgan middle order.

Blast expectations: Glamorgan have endured a tough time since reaching Finals Day four years ago, but there is reason for optimism as they aim to get back to the knockout stages. Glamorgan won three of their final four games last summer and their batting is boosted by the return of Colin Ingram. David Lloyd is back to full fitness, Marnus Labuschagne is set to be available for the entire group stage and young gun Kiran Carlson has shown signs he is ready to take the next steps in his career.

BE A WINNER

In conjunction with our partners Trade Nation, we are back for more epic giveaways during the 2021 Vitality Blast!

Somerset County Cricket Club and Trade Nation have partnered to offer incredible prizes for you to win during the T20 live streams!

We have 2 competitions running for each non-televised game

#TRADEINTRADEOUT

Our popular #TradeInTradeOut competition returns. The rules are simple!

Enter your details below and we could be giving you a call during the interval. You will be given the option of keeping a Somerset Vitality Blast shirt, or risk a trade to potentially win 5 INCREDIBLE PRIZES!

• iPad Air
• Bose Headphones
• £250 of Thatchers cider direct to your door
• £100 Deliveroo voucher
• £150 of Somerset CCC shop vouchers

ENTER FOR GLAMORGAN MATCH

The winner will be announced live on our Facebook page during the interval, so tune in and have your phone close at hand!

Entrants must be 18+

Photo competition

Our photo competition could see you win a Somerset Vitality Blast shirt or £150 each match by sending your photos via social media. Let us know your setup, whether you are in the ground or watching from home, and we’ll pick a winner and display it on the live stream! Check out more details before each match on the Somerset Twitter account.

Thatchers Golden Seat

Thatchers Cider will be giving one lucky Member a case of Thatchers Gold in our Golden Seat competition. One lucky ticket holder will be selected at random during the first innings. You must be sitting in your allocated seat to have a chance to win!

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match is on Wednesday when we travel to the KIA Oval to take on Surrey in the Vitality Blast.

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