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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Middlesex

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Middlesex to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast today (Friday).

Play will get underway at 6:30pm.

Only Members and ticket buyers who have been successful in acquiring tickets will be permitted entry to the Cooper Associates County Ground for this match.

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.

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 on 17 occasions in T20 cricket. Somerset have won nine of the matches, Middlesex have won five times, one match was tied and two fixtures have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 235 for five at Taunton in 2011, whilst for Middlesex it is 227 for four at the same venue in 2019.

The highest individual innings for Somerset in the fixture is 101 not out by Tom Abell at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2019, whilst for Middlesex it is 98 not out by Joe Denly at the Kia Oval in 2014.

Somerset’s best T20 bowling performance against tonight’s opponents is four for 28 by Lewis Gregory at Taunton in 2018, whilst for the visitors it is four for 29 by Nathan Sowter at Richmond in 2019.

The first time that the two teams met in T20 cricket at Taunton was in 2010 when Somerset won by 79 runs.

Middlesex won the toss and elected to field.

Marcus Trescothick blitzed his way to 83 from 38 balls and James Hildreth made 48 as Somerset posted 204 for five.

Jackson Thompson top scored for the visitors with 32, but Murali Kartik took three for 37 as Middlesex were dismissed for 125. There was also a brace of wickets for Mark Turner and Kieron Pollard.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset will be without Tom Banton (international duty), Roelof van der Merwe (side strain) and Tom Abell (hamstring).

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Lewis Gregory, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Devon Conway, 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: “It was an excellent performance last night at Bristol and we showed a lot of character.

“It’s a tough schedule at the moment, but a huge strength of this squad is their resilience and character. Coming off the back of a derby win helps as well, so I certainly don’t anticipate there being any signs of fatigue. Our mindset and our attitude are a real strength and hopefully that will come to the fore tonight against Middlesex.

“The last time we played them here in the Blast it was one hell of a spectacle and hopefully it will be as equally entertaining tonight but with a different outcome.”

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:

MEMBER BALLOT FAQs

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.

STAND ENTRY GATE ENTRY TIME
Somerset Stand Blocks 1 & 5 Brian Rose 18:00 – 18:30
Somerset Stand Block 2 & 4 Brian Rose 17:00 – 17:30
Somerset Stand Block 3 Brian Rose 16:30 – 17:00
The River Stand Brian Rose 16:30 – 17:00
Lord Ian Botham Stand Priory Bridge Road 16:30 – 17:00
Colin Atkinson Pavilion Long Room Balcony Priory Bridge Road 16:45 – 17:15
Colin Atkinson Pavilion County Room Terrace Priory Bridge Road 16:45 – 17:15
Temporary Stand (Priory Bridge Road) Priory Bridge Road 17:30 – 18:30
Ondaatje Non-Alcohol Stand St James’s Street 16:30 – 17:00
Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Lower St James’s Street 16:30 – 17:00
Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Hospitality Suites & 1875 Club St James’s Street 16:30 – 17:00
Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Elevated St James’s Street 16:00 – 16:30
Gimblett’s Hill St James’s Street 17:00 – 17:30

WE’VE MISSED YOU

With Members and supporters returning to the Cooper Associates County Ground, we wanted to let you know just how much we have missed you!

WI-FI

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.

THE OPPOSITION

MIDDLESEX

Coach: Stuart Law

Captain: Eoin Morgan

Last Year’s Performance: Fourth (South Group)

2020 Leading Runscorer: Stevie Eskinazi (413, 41.30)

2020 Leading Wicket Taker: Steven Finn (14, 19.00)

Overseas players: Chris Green (Australia – first seven group games) Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan – final seven group games), Paul Stirling (Ireland – opening five group matches), Daryl Mitchell (New Zealand – final nine group matches)

Key man: Stevie Eskinazi – With Morgan and Stirling only available for the opening stages, Middlesex will look to Eskinazi to embrace the freedom to play his shots and repeat last year’s sparkling form.

Flies under the radar: Nathan Sowter – Leg-spinner Sowter may attract few headlines but has become one of Middlesex’s most consistent T20 wicket takers and helped propel his side to the quarter finals in 2019.

Best Player Under 24: Luke Hollman – Another leg-spinner, Hollman made his first-team debut in the Vitality Blast in 2019, impressing with bat and ball. Useful contributions in the Championship since have further underlined his potential.

Blast expectations: While Middlesex have underperformed in the Blast, this year’s tournament will be a welcome switch in formats after a poor start to their Championship campaign. England white ball captain Eoin Morgan returns as skipper and bolsters a brittle batting line-up alongside explosive Ireland opener Paul Stirling. Power-hitting New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell joins for the final group games, but the challenge for the rest of the batters is whether they can post competitive totals consistently once Morgan and Stirling resume international duties.

Otherwise, Middlesex again have a largely youthful feel. The Seaxes will hope these promising youngsters can kick on after being given an extended run over the last year. Spin could play a decisive role with several slow bowling options available, including experienced leg-spinner Nathan Sowter, Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman who has risen to number five in the world rankings since his last stint at Lord’s and Sydney Thunder off-spinning all-rounder Chris Green.

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 two competitions running for each non-televised game.

#TradeInTradeOut

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 5 INCREDIBLE PRIZES!

• iPad Air
• Bose Headphones
• £250 of Thatchers cider direct to your door
• £100 Deliveroo voucher
• £150 of Somerset CCC shop vouchers

ENTER FOR MIDDLESEX MATCH

Entrants must be 18+

#StreamInStyle

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!

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match begins on Sunday when we welcome Leicestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the LV Insurance County Championship.

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