Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Kent Spitfires
Somerset welcome Kent Spitfires to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Saturday) in the Vitality Blast.
The match begins at 7pm.
This match is part of a special Double Header, with Western Storm taking on Lancashire Thunder in the KIA Super League at 3pm.
For a preview of Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder click here
Gates will open at 1pm.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
Both matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket with coverage beginning at 2pm.
In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
The two sides have clashed on 16 occasions in T20 cricket. Somerset have won three times, Kent have won 12 and one was abandoned.
Somerset’s highest score in the series is 226 for five at Canterbury in 2018, while for Kent it is 231 for five in the same match.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is 151 not out by Chris Gayle at Taunton in 2015 while for Kent it is 114 by Sam Northeast in the same game.
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
“Our record has not been great in recent times against Kent, but I think this is a good time to face them on the back of a couple of excellent wins. We’ve played some good cricket this week and have a bit of momentum behind us.
“We are getting better throughout the tournament, which is pleasing to see. It’s a fresh start for us against Kent and I’m really looking forward to it.
“There’s still a lot of cricket to play in the Vitality Blast, so we need to keep winning. It is as simple as that.”
DID YOU KNOW?
In the 2018 Vitality Blast Somerset’s Powerplay strike rate of 18.0 balls per wicket was the lowest of all teams in the tournament.
ABOUT THE OPPOSITION
Titles: 1 (2007). Finals Days: 2.
Coach: Matt Walker. Mid-way through his third season at the helm, Walker still holds the record for the highest First Class individual score at Canterbury (275* v Somerset in 1996). An innovative, hard-working coach who is popular with players and supporters alike, he has assisted England’s IT20 preparations for the past two summers.
Captain: Heino Kuhn. Will act as interim skipper in the absence of Sam Billings, whose return to full fitness following shoulder surgery is imminent. A forceful batsman, Kuhn brings South African grit, dynamism and a determination to win to the leadership role.
Overseas signings: Adam Milne (New Zealand), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan).
Backed by dynamic fielding, no holds barred batting and overall nous with the ball, the Spitfires have excelled in white-ball cricket for the past three seasons without clearing the final hurdle to Finals Day. The mystery of Afghanistan spinner Mohammad Nabi and the return of Kiwi firebrand Adam Milne for a third Kentish stint will strengthen their hand.
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 1pm.
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.
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, Woody Baloo’s Pizza, Nacho Burrito, Silvan’s, Somerset Steak House 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)*
*opening at 4:30pm
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 is 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. Michael Bates signing and selling copies of his new book, “Keeping Up” in the SCCC Shop. Co-Author Tom Huelin will also be on hand to assist during the KSL match whilst Michael is busy supporting the team.
RAINBOW LACES. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the professional game and Sky Sports will come together to celebrate the third year of Rainbow Laces this weekend.
Rainbow Laces is a Stonewall campaign which aims to ensure the message is heard that sport is a game for everyone.
All 18 men’s First-Class Counties and the six Kia Super League teams will play across the period, which runs from Friday August 9 to Monday August 12. Rainbow laces have been sent to every team, while stumps and flags have also been distributed.Back to News