Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Kent Spitfires
Somerset take on Kent Spitfires at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Tuesday).
Play will get underway at 6:30pm.
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?
An enhanced live stream will be available for fans to watch via this website and our YouTube channel.
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 19 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won on four occasions, Kent have won 12 times and three matches have been abandoned.
The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 226 for five at Canterbury in 2018, while for Kent it is 231 for five at Canterbury in 2018.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 151 not out by Chris Gayle at Taunton in 2015, while for Kent it is 114 by Sam Northeast in the same game.
The best bowling for Somerset is four for 15 by Kieron Pollard at Beckenham in 2010, while for Kent it is five for 11 by Adam Milne at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
The last time that the two sides met at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast was in August 2019.
Somerset won the match by 55 runs.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat.
Tom Banton made a sensational century from just 51 balls, and Tom Abell’s 63 from 33 balls saw Somerset post a total of 206 for eight from their 20 overs.
Daniel Bell-Drummond and Zak Crawley shared a half-century opening stand, but the Somerset bowlers were alway on top from that point forward.
Craig Overton claimed three for 32 and there were two wickets each for Max Waller and Jerome Taylor as Kent were dismissed for 151 with eight balls to spare.
Somerset welcome back Jack Leach and Craig Overton from international duty.
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: “The reality is that we have to get some confidence back in the group. We need to bounce back and we are doing everything that we can to do that. We have to execute our skills better and take responsibility with the bat. That’s the only way that we can give ourselves the opportunity to win the game.
“T20 is a game of fine margins and you need to deliver your skills under pressure. We haven’t been able to do that and every time that it looks like we’re in the ascendancy we lose a wicket and make it hard for ourselves. It’s a similar position with the ball because we get some momentum and then we relieve that pressure.
“We’ve got individuals who are putting in some strong performances, but T20 cricket is about the collective. We need the sum of our parts to deliver more often, and that’s what’s not happening at the moment.”
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:
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||16:00 – 16:30|
|Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Lower Tier||Jack White (St James Street) Gate||18:00 – 18:30|
|Gimblett’s Hill||Jack White (St James Street) Gate||17:00 – 17:30|
|Accessibility Area – Legend’s Square||Brian Rose Gates||18:00 – 18:30|
|Somerset Stand Block 1||Brian Rose Gates||18:00 – 18:30|
|Somerset Stand Block 2||Brian Rose Gates||17:00 – 17:30|
|Somerset Stand Block 3||Brian Rose Gates||16:30 – 17:00|
|Somerset Stand Block 4||Brian Rose Gates||17:00 – 17:30|
|Somerset Stand Block 5||Brian Rose Gates||18:00 – 18:30|
|The River Stand||Brian Rose Gates||16:30 – 17:00|
|Lord Ian Botham Stand||Brian Rose Gates||15:30 – 16:00|
|Ondaatje Non-Alcohol Stand||St James Street||16:30 – 17:00|
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!
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.
Coach: Matt Walker
Captain: Sam Billings
Last Year’s Performance: Quarter-finalists
2020 Leading Runscorer: Daniel Bell-Drummond (423, 42.3)
2020 Leading Wicket Taker: Fred Klaassen (13, 28.76)
Overseas players: Mohammed Amir (Pakistan – after conclusion of PSL), Qais Ahmed (Afghanistan – whole tournament)
Key man: Mohammed Amir – His availability could be an issue, but Amir potentially gives Kent something they’ve lacked all season: a genuine strike threat and the capacity to generate fear in batsmen.
Flies under the radar: Jack Leaning – The third-highest scorer last time out, he took four for 16 in a second XI warm-up against Essex and after a tough start seems to be improving with every week.
Best Player Under 24: Ollie Robinson – Hopes are high for Tawanda Muyeye, but Robinson has been the brightest spark on and off the field so far, embracing the chance to open in red ball cricket.
Blast expectations: The switch to the white-ball will come as a relief for a side bottom of their LV= Insurance County Championship group, despite Walker’s pre-season statement that this was the most excited he’d been about a group of players for a long time. A two-day defeat in Cardiff aside, Kent haven’t been abject, but they’ve never really been close to winning either. Amir should address the obvious lack of firepower and there’s talk of a recall for Darren Stevens in the wake of his unhinged 190 against Glamorgan at Canterbury. The 45-year-old hasn’t played T20 for two years, but brings the kind of experience that might just see the Spitfires over the line, having hit the winning runs when Kent won the tournament in 2007 – the last time the county lifted a trophy.
BE A WINNER
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.
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 a host of fabulous prizes.
Again returning this season is #StreamInStyle, our photo competition in which you could 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!
Somerset’s next match is on Friday June 18th when we visit Sussex Sharks in the Vitality Blast.
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