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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Gloucestershire

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome local rivals Gloucestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Friday) 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 6:30pm with gates opening at 4:30pm.

Somerset currently have 10 points from nine games whilst Gloucestershire have 11 points from 10 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.

A live stream of the match will also be available and a link will appear in the Match Centre shortly before play starts.

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

HEAD TO HEAD

Since T20 cricket was introduced, the two sides have played against each other on 30 occasions. Somerset have won 13 of these matches, Gloucestershire have won 11 times, two matches have ended in a no result whilst four have been abandoned.

Somerset’s highest score in the series is 250 for three at Taunton in 2006, while for Gloucestershire it is 227 for four at Bristol in the same year.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 116 not out by Cameron White at Taunton in 2006, while for Gloucestershire it is 101 by Michael Klinger at Taunton in 2016.

The best bowling return for Somerset is four for 15 by Lewis Gregory at Bristol in 2011, while for Gloucestershire it is four for 16 by Jack Taylor in the same match.

TEAM NEWS

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

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The last three games have been our most comprehensive performances as a team, and it’s important that we keep the run going against Gloucestershire.

“A sold out Friday night T20 match under lights against our local rivals is what this competition is all about. It’s always a good contest against them and they’re a very good white-ball side so we’re all looking forward to it.

“It’s a long tournament and if you can get on good run, like we are at the moment, it breeds confidence. There’s no better feeling than winning these big games.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Throughout his career James Hildreth has managed to score at quicker than seven runs per over against both pace and spin in the Vitality Blast.

ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Titles: None. Finals Days: 2.

Head Coach: Richard Dawson. The former Yorkshire and England off-spinner took charge of the team in 2015 and led them to victory over Surrey in the Royal London One-Day Cup final at Lord’s that season. He played for Gloucestershire between 2009 and 2011.

Captain: Michael Klinger. The experienced Australian batsman is back for a seventh season with Gloucestershire, playing only in the Vitality Blast, having established himself as one of the most popular overseas signings ever to represent Gloucestershire.

Overseas signings: Michael Klinger (Australia), Andrew Tye (Australia).

While Gloucestershire’s prime objective this summer is promotion in the County Championship, Head Coach Richard Dawson anticipates a strong Vitality Blast challenge, having seen his side only miss out on a place in the knock-out stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup on run-rate.

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 4:30pm.

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, Mint & Mustard, Bearclaw Meats, Spud Shack, Silvan’s, Somerset Steak House, Superjuice 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.

BOOK SIGNING. Former Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire cricketer Franklyn Stephenson will be signing copies of his autobiography: “My Song Shall be Cricket” in Somerset County Sports.

MATCHDAY SPONSOR – DIRTY DOG

Dirty Dog are the Sunglasses Partner of Somerset County Cricket Club and they combine integrated design, superior materials and ergonomic engineering in order to deliver eyewear that is unrivalled in performance and innovation.

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It’s absolutely vital that the players’ eyewear provides high levels of protection alongside exceptional comfort and Dirty Dog products do exactly that. They have catered for all the individual needs of the players and have been a real pleasure to work with over the last year.”

*In the event of wet weather there will be a reduced offering in the fan village

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