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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Glamorgan

THE MATCH

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

Tickets for this match have sold out and will not be available on the gate.

Play is due to get underway at 7pm with gates opening at 5:00pm.

Somerset currently have 11 points from 11 games whilst Glamorgan have 5 points from the same number of matches.

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 bring broadcast by Sky Sports.

In addition to this 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 31 occasions, Somerset have won 16, Glamorgan 11, two games have ended in a no result and two games have been abandoned without a ball 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 until very recently, while for Glamorgan it is three for nine by Robert Croft in the same match.

When the two sides met in Cardiff in July this year it was Somerset who triumphed by eight wickets.

After being asked to bat first Glamorgan posted 180 for five from their overs of which David Lloyd made 57 and Colin Ingram 50.

When Somerset replied they reached 181 for the loss of two wickets, thanks to an opening partnership of 98 between Tom Banton who made 64 and Babar Azam who hit 35.

Pete Trego with an unbeaten 47 and James Hildreth who ended 24 not out then shared an unbroken third wicket partnership of 79 to see Somerset home with two overs remaining.

Somerset won both games in 2018. At SWALEC Somerset posted 190 for five of which Corey Anderson made 59 while Hildreth hit an unbeaten 56. In reply Glamorgan reached 160 for nine, which included Max Waller’s 100th T20 wicket.

The return at Taunton in August saw the hosts put into bat again score 210 for 7, Anderson contributing 72 in reply to which Glamorgan reached 181 for nine, Waller taking four for 25.

TEAM NEWS

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named an unchanged squad: Tom Abell (c), Babar Azam, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, James Hildreth, Tim Groenewald, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Ollie Sale, Jerome Taylor, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Looking ahead to the match against Glamorgan head coach Jason Kerr said: ‘We have got a game at home on Saturday against Glamorgan and we need to bounce back quickly. We need to right a few wrongs from the Gloucestershire game and hopefully put in a better performance.’

Regarding any changes to the team Jason said: “Tom Abell and I will have a discussion about it. A lot of the guys who haven’t come out on the right side in Bristol have put in some strong performances through this competition so we will have to wait and see.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Somerset’s openers have scored 830 runs in nine innings at an average of 51.9 runs per dismissal. Across all T20 Blast editions, never have a team’s two openers averaged higher in a season
  • Somerset have been severe at the death this season scoring at 10.93 runs per over, the highest of all teams in the competition. They score a boundary once in four deliveries in the last five overs of an innings.
  • So far in this season Roelof van der Merwe has conceded at 7.13 runs at the death. Of the 25 bowlers to have bowled 8+ overs at the death, only David Payne (6.40), Jeetan Patel (6.62) and Nathan Rimmington (7.07) have conceded at a lower rate.

ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

GLAMORGAN

Titles: 0. Finals Days: 2.

Coach: James Foster. The former Essex and England wicketkeeper-batsman is working alongside Matthew Maynard as a T20 consultant for the duration of the competition. Foster has previously been involved with various teams including Worcestershire and the England Lions.

Captain: Colin Ingram. The South African leads by example and will take the captaincy for the second successive year. Ingram has been the club’s outstanding batsman in one-day cricket since he signed in 2015, and during the winter appeared in numerous T20 competitions including the IPL and the Big Bash.

Overseas signing: Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan. First eight games), Mitch Marsh (Australia. Joins after four games at least).

Glamorgan have reached two Finals Days, albeit the last two summers ago, but enter this year’s tournament in high spirits with just one defeat in the Championship and designs on promotion.

IS THIS MATCH INCLUDED IN MY MEMBERSHIP?

Vitality Blast matches are included in “T20 Membership” plus “Club & T20” Membership.

Vitality Blast matches are NOT included in “Club Membership”.

Somerset County Cricket Club operates an allocated seating policy for our Vitality Blast matches. “T20 Members” plus “Club & T20 Members” will find their seat number on the back of their Membership cards.

WHAT TIME DO GATES OPEN?

Gates will open at 5:00pm.

WHICH GATE SHOULD I USE?

Members and ticket holders can enter the Cooper Associates County Ground via The Priory Bridge Road Gate, St James Street Gate and the Brian Rose Gate.

Hospitality guests are invited to use the VIP entry point at the St James Street Gate.

PLANNING YOUR JOURNEY

All the information that you need about getting to the Cooper Associates County Ground can be found by clicking here

WET WEATHER PLAN

If the cricket match is affected by the weather, please visit our Match Centre or Twitter page to view all the latest updates and the prospects of play. Please note that, whilst we will do our best to help spectators who are travelling to the match, it will be the umpires and not the Club who will make the decision as to whether play is possible.

If it has been deemed that a match has to be completely abandoned, please see the Club’s refund and exchange policy.

FAN VILLAGE

In a bid to improve the already outstanding matchday experience at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to announce that there will be a dedicated fan village at all of our home Vitality Blast fixtures in 2019.

The fan village will be situated in the St James Street side of the Ground and will feature a 24-metre marquee bar which will be serving draught Tribute, Thatchers Gold, Thatchers Haze and Carlsberg. There will also be a number of local ciders available as well as wide range of soft drinks and a Champagne bar. The marquee bar will also be trailing two-pint cups.

The Gin & Sin Company will be in attendance and there will also be a Pimm’s shed on site.

In addition to the bars, we have also teamed up with local street food companies in order to provide and exciting and varied range of food options.

These include: The Hot Sausage Company, Bearclaw Meats, Spud Shack, Silvan’s, Woody Balloos Pizza and Pancake Pod.

As well as food and drink, there will also be a large artificial grassed area where you can relax in our Tribute and Thatchers deckchairs whilst enjoying live music from The Haus Band.

FOOD & DRINK

In addition to the fan village there are a number of outlets where you can purchase food and drink on match day and these are as follows:

Food is available from:

  • The Great Catch Fish & Chip Shop (Ian Botham Stand)
  • Granny Gothards Ice Cream Parlour (Somerset Stand)
  • Rooftop concession unit (Somerset Pavilion)
  • Ground floor concession unit (Somerset Pavilion)
  • Legends Square – mobile take away food unit

The following bars will also be open:

  • Stragglers Coffee House
  • County Room
  • Ian Botham Stand
  • 12th Man Cans Bar (card only)
  • Somerset Stand Bar
  • Thatchers Rig – Priory Bridge Road car park (card only)
  • The Hop & Bottle Rig – Priory Bridge Road car park
  • Somerset Stand Cans Bar (card only)

MATCH DAY ACTIVITIES

Our team of volunteers will be on hand to distribute free Vitality Blast giveaways on match days whilst a number of our partners will be on site including:

SPAR are our Official Vitality Blast Partner and they will be situated in the SCCC gazebo in the Fan Village. They will be distributing matchday giveaways and you can also purchase a special SPAR cowboy hat for £2. The money from the sale of these hats will go to charity at the end of this season’s Vitality Blast. Make sure you visit them in the St James Street car park for more details. Keep your eyes peeled for our special SPAR player cut outs too!

SPAR are one of the largest retail organisations in the world, made of hundreds of different businesses all working together. Appleby Westward Group Limited is the SPAR Regional Distribution Centre covering the South West of England. There are around 270 SPAR stores in this area, the majority of which are owned and operated by independent retailers.

Community is at the heart of everything they do and by offering great deals, award winning food & drink and convenient in-store services, they strive to be there for you, wherever and whenever you need them.

THATCHERS CIDER will be carrying out the Golden Ticket competition again this year and there is a case of Thatchers Gold up for grabs! Thatchers will also be providing entertainment during the interval with various prizes on offer. Four lucky people will also be invited to enjoy the match from the Thatchers Best Seats In The House. Make sure you grab your Thatchers Bang Bang sticks from the SCCC gazebo in the Fan Village.

SOMERSET COUNTY SPORTS. Somerset County Sports will be open throughout the match and is located near the Somerset Cricket Museum. You can visit their website here to check out their wide range of cricket equipment and replica kit.

SCCC SHOP. The new SCCC shop will be open selling a number of SCCC branded leisurewear and gift items. The shop is situated behind the Ondaatje stands. There is also a Vitality Blast Special Offer! 15% off Drinks Break T shirts and zipped Wyvern hoodies. Our Somerset lalala Tshirts are also now half price!!!

HARRIS FOWLER. After the match we will be running a Player of the Match vote via social media in association with Harris Fowler. For more information visit our Twitter feed.

KIDS ZONE. Our Kids Activation Zone will be set up in the St James Street side of the Ground. Make sure you visit the Somerset Cricket Board Coaches and try out your skills!*

SIGNING SESSION. After the match Somerset players will be taking part in a signing session in front of the Priory Bridge Road Stand.

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