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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Middlesex

THE MATCH

Somerset are back in Vitality Blast action tomorrow (Sunday) when we welcome Middlesex to the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Somerset are currently fifth in the South Group table with six points from as many matches whilst Middlesex are seventh with four points from six matches.

This match is part of a double header with the KIA Super League which will see Western Storm take on Loughborough Lightning at 12pm followed by Somerset v Middlesex in the Vitality Blast at 4pm.

A preview of Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning can be viewed by clicking here

A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking here

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 page. There will be live TV coverage on Sky Sports and radio coverage from BBC Sport.

A report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.

HEAD TO HEAD

Since the introduction of T20 cricket the two sides have met on 13 occasions. Somerset have won eight, Middlesex have won three, one game was been tied and one was abandoned.

Somerset’s highest total is 235 for five at Taunton in 2011 and for Middlesex it is 159 for nine in the same fixture.

The highest individual innings by a Somerset player 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 three for 24 by Craig Overton at Uxbridge in 2017 while for Middlesex it is three for 24 by Toby Roland-Jones at Taunton in 2016.

When the two sides met at Lord’s in the Vitality Blast earlier this month the hosts won the toss and elected to bat first. Max Holden top scored with 84 off 55 balls while Dwayne Bravo chipped in with an unbeaten 32 off 12 as Middlesex posted 175 for five from their 20 overs. For Somerset Max Waller claimed two for 22 from his four overs, while Roelof van der Merwe took two for 26.

In reply Johann Myburgh hit 46 off 27 balls with five fours and three sixes at the top of the order. Pete Trego (32), Tom Abell (28) and Corey Anderson (39) then ensured that Somerset reached the required total to win by four wickets with 12 balls to spare.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for the match: Tom Abell, Corey Anderson, Josh Davey, Steve Davies,  Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jerome Taylor, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It’s important that we bounce back. We played really well and had a victory against Middlesex at Lord’s against them, but we have struggled in the two shortened games we have had.

“However what we have done on the back of each of those is bounce back well, so we will be looking to do the same again on Sunday.”

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.

Vitality Blast matches are included in Life Membership and existing Life Members may sit on Gimblett’s Hill.

WHAT TIME DO GATES OPEN?

Gates will open at 11am.

Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning will begin at 12pm whilst Somerset v Middlesex will begin at 4pm.

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.

FOOD & DRINK

There are a number of outlets where you can purchase food and drink on match day and these are now all installed with PDQ card payment devices.

Food is available from:

  • The Stragglers Coffee House (take away)
  • Fish & chip shop (Ian Botham Stand)
  • Ice cream parlour (Somerset Stand)
  • Rooftop concession unit (Somerset Pavilion)
  • Ground floor concession unit (Somerset Pavilion)
  • St James Street car park – Grubs Up mobile food unit plus ice cream van
  • Priory Bridge Road car park – Pieminister, ice cream van plus mobile take away food unit
  • Legends Square – mobile take away food unit

The following bars will also be open:

  • Stragglers
  • County Room
  • Ian Botham Stand
  • 12th Man bar (cans only)
  • Somerset Stand Bar
  • Thatchers Rig – Priory Bridge Road car park
  • Tribute Rig – Priory Bridge Road car park
  • Somerset Stand Cans Bar
  • Pimms Bar – Priory Bridge Road car park

RAINBOW LACES

After the success of last year’s inaugural Rainbow Laces campaign ECB and the cricket family will once again lace up this weekend to celebrate lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) players and fans at every level of cricket.

For the second year in succession ECB has joined forces with LGBT equality charity Stonewall to bring Rainbow Laces to the Vitality Blast and Kia Super League this coming weekend.

With the support of players, counties and broadcasters the campaign will see thousands don their laces between July 27 and July 29, to show that cricket is everyone’s game and that LGBT people are welcome and included at every level.

Stumps, flags and big screens will also feature the rainbow to further indicate ECB’s support for the campaign, which will run across every KSL and Vitality Blast fixture across the three days.

It comes after ECB became the first sporting national governing body to march independently at Pride in London, as part of its Diversity Action Plan and Stonewall Diversity Championship Partnership.

ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said: “Cricket is a game for everyone and we’re pleased to be supporting Stonewall and Rainbow Laces once again.

“We’ve been proud to work alongside our principal partner NatWest and the message of their ‘Cricket has no Boundaries’ campaign rings true with Rainbow Laces.

“Everyone should feel that they are welcome in sport and we want to play our part in building an increasingly inclusive and accepting culture.”

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:

ST AUSTELL BREWERY will be in the St James Street side of the ground in their Korev truck giving away free samples to over 18s. They will also be asking supporters to sign up to take part in our special interval competition which will see big prizes up for grabs.

THE REAL SHAVING COMPANY will be giving away free samples on match days.

THATCHERS CIDER. Keep an eye out for their Golden Ticket competition!

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.

KIDS ZONE. Our Kids Activation Zone will be set up in front of the Cricket Museum. 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 – PERRY & PROUSE

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As an Independent specialist they guarantee their customers an unparalleled, consistent level of personal service and technical knowhow.

They were named “Family Business of the Year” at this year’s Taunton Deane Business Awards and “Repair Garage of the Year” at the Auto Industry Excellence Awards.

Perry and Prouse are SAAB approved repairers but offer servicing, repairs and MOTs for all makes and models of vehicle.

They provide every customer with a high level of comfort in their relaxing reception lounge, with complementary hot and cold refreshments, free wifi and magazines for those who wish to wait.

They are also able to offer courtesy cars and a local drop off and collection service.

For more information call 01823 288351 or visit www.perryandprouse.co.uk

Why not have your car serviced whilst you enjoy a day at the cricket?

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