Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Middlesex
Somerset welcome Middlesex to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Friday) for this must win match in the 2019 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.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
The game is also bring broadcast by Sky Sports Cricket with coverage beginning at 6pm.
In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
Somerset and Middlesex have played against each other on 14 occasions in T20 cricket, Somerset have won eight times, Middlesex have won four times, one game was tied and one was abandoned without a ball bowled.
The highest total by Somerset in the series is 235 for five at Taunton in 2011, and for Middlesex it is 215 for four at Richmond earlier this season.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is 89 not out by Kieron Pollard at Lord’s in 2010 and for Middlesex it is 98 not out by Joe Denly at the Oval in 2014.
The best bowling for Somerset is four for 24 by Lewis Gregory at Taunton in 2018 while for Middlesex it is also three for 24 by Toby Roland-Jones at Taunton in 2016.
It was Middlesex who triumphed in the first game between the two teams at Richmond on August 4th but Somerset won both of the games between the two sides in 2018.
Vitality Blast Captain, Lewis Gregory has been named in the squad following his recent foot injury.
Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Tom Abell, Babar Azam, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Ollie Sale, Jerome Taylor, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match, Jason Kerr said: “We know exactly what we need to do. We need to win, it’s as simple as that. Middlesex are a strong side and they pipped us in a competitive game at Richmond, so hopefully we can turn the tables and come out on top on Friday.
“Knowing that our future in the competition is in our own hands takes the pressure off a bit I think. It’s a one-off game and the winner will be the team who plays better on the night.
“We’ve been playing some great cricket but we just haven’t been consistent enough. We were disappointing at the Oval and we need to bounce back.
“We’ll make a final decision on Lewis on Friday. He’s been through a robust fitness test today (Thursday) and his matchday role will depend on how he feels tomorrow.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Tom Abell has looked exceptional when playing the drive against the spinners. He has a @CricViz Timing Rating of 259 – the second highest of any player in the competition. He has scored at 210.0 playing the drive against spinners, the highest in the competition.
ABOUT THE OPPOSITION
Titles: 1 (2008). Finals Days: 1.
Coach: Stuart Law. The former Australia star arrived over the winter to take charge in all formats, resulting in the departure of Daniel Vettori after two largely unsuccessful campaigns as Middlesex T20 coach.
Captain: Dawid Malan. Barring an Ashes call-up, Malan should captain the side for the duration of the tournament and, if so, will provide a consistency of leadership in this format not seen at Lord’s in recent years.
Overseas signings: AB De Villiers (South Africa), Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan).
To reference D: Ream’s 1997 hit, ‘Things can only get better,’ as far as Middlesex and T20 are concerned. They finished bottom of the South Group last season with just two wins, losing their final eight games. However, the Seaxes’ white-ball game showed notable signs of improvement in the Royal London One-Day Cup where they reached the play-offs and they’ll be aiming for a similar leap forward in T20.
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.
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 for the winners of the Thatchers Apple Role. 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.
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.”
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