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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Northants Steelbacks

THE MATCH

Somerset’s Vitality Blast campaign continues with a match against Northants Steelbacks at the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Friday).

Play is due to get underway 5pm.

Somerset are currently fourth in the Central Group with seven points from eight matches whilst the visitors are second with nine points from the same number of games.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

Somerset County Cricket Club have teamed up with our Vitality Blast Live Stream Partner, Trade Nation to sponsor our live streaming service for the 2020 Vitality Blast.

We would love for you to be here with us, but at a time when cricket is being played behind closed stadium doors, it is our duty to provide you with the best matchday experience possible, accessible from the comfort of your own home.

This service will bring a number of benefits to supporters watching from home and will included dedicated commentary supplied by award-winning broadcaster Charlie Taylor and Somerset Academy Director Steve Snell.

You can enjoy this service via our online Match Centre.

In addition to this, regular updates will appear across our social media channels and a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.

HEAD TO HEAD

Somerset have faced Northants Steelbacks on 19 occasions in T20 cricket.

Somerset have won nine times, Northants Steelbacks have won seven of the games, there has been one tie and two no results.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 211 for five at Taunton in 2004 and for Northants Steelbacks it is 207 for five in the same game.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 105 by Graeme Smith at Taunton in 2005, and for Northants Steelbacks it is 88 by Mike Hussey at Northampton in 2003.

The best bowling for Somerset is four for 29 by Charl Willoughby at Northampton in 2009 while for Northants Steelbacks it is five for 27 by Jason Brown at the same venue in 2003.

The last time the two sides met in the competition was on August 30th at the County Ground, Northampton when the hosts came out on top by nine runs.

Somerset won the toss and elected to Field.

A half century from Adam Rossington and 42 from Josh Cobb ensured that the Steelbacks posted a total of 171 for six from their 20 overs. Ollie Sale was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, claiming two for 28.

34 from James Hildreth and a stunning 41 off 25 balls from Roelof van der Merwe ensured that the match went down to the wire but Somerset fell just short.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Abell, Babar Azam, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Ollie Sale, Will Smeed, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It’s another must-win game for us. We haven’t played to our best in this competition, but the performance against Glamorgan this week was exceptional and that will give us some confidence going in to Friday’s game against Northants.

“They beat us in the opening match, but that’s a game we feel we should have won. Northants are a strong side, they’re well organised and know how to perform in this format, but we’ll be looking for revenge on Friday.

“Apart from Gloucestershire, all the teams in the group have been beating each other. We know what we have to do and that’s claim two points on Friday night and then do the same at Bristol on Sunday.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Roelof van der Merwe needs just 10 runs to reach the 1000- run mark in T20 cricket for Somerset.
  • Babar Azam was the top scorer in the 2019 Vitality Blast with 587 runs.
  • Max Waller currently has 131 T20 wickets for the County and needs just seven more to become Somerset’s all-time leading wicket taker in the format.

MATCH DAY COMMENTARY

Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to announce that live streaming for Vitality Blast fixtures will feature a dedicated commentary team.

As part of our live streaming partnership with Trade Nation, the move will allow production to be taken to the next level, with audio and vision in perfect harmony.

An integral element of our new stream will be our exciting new commentary team which will consist of Award winning BBC Radio Somerset presenter Charlie Taylor and SCCC Academy Director, Steve Snell.

BIG SCORES MEANS BIG MONEY FOR CHARITY

Trade Nation, our Vitality Blast Live Stream Partner, are set to ensure that big scores mean big money for charity when Somerset take to the field at the Cooper Associates County Ground this summer.

At each of our five home Vitality Blast fixtures, Trade Nation have generously agreed to donate £25 for every four and £50 for every six!

In addition to this, there will be eight 12 feet tall x 8ft wide TN targets situated in the stands and each time the ball strikes these letters Trade Nation will donate a further £250… so aim for the stands chaps! What’s more, no matter what the score at the end of the match, Trade Nation promise to send each charity home with at least £1,000.

Money raised at this match will benefit the RNLI.

STREAM IN STYLE

It’s competition time again!

Our partners Trade Nation are giving you the chance to win a ‘stream in style’ experience to enjoy matchday from the comfort of your own living room!

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