Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Surrey
Somerset welcome Surrey to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Friday) in the Vitality Blast.
The match begins at 6:30pm with gates opening at 4:30pm.
Somerset are currently eighth in the table with two points from four matches whilst Surrey are seventh with three points from five games.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
A live stream of the match will also be available and a link will appear in the Match Centre shortly before play starts.
In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
Since T20 cricket was first introduced in 2003, the two sides have played against each other on 15 occasions. Somerset have won four of the matches, Surrey have won nine whilst two of the fixtures have been abandoned.
Somerset’s highest total in the series is 189 for four at Taunton in 2016 and for Surrey it is 208 for one at the Oval in 2015.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is 86 not out by Johann Myburgh at Taunton in 2017, and for Surrey it is 122 not out by Jason Roy at the Oval in 2015.
The best bowling for Somerset is four for 24 by Jamie Overton at Taunton in 2018 while for Surrey it is three for eight by Matt Dunn at the Oval in 2014.
It was one win each when the two sides met in the 2018 Vitality Blast.
Rain reduced the match at the Oval to 10 overs per side. After being put in to bat Somerset posted 99 for six. In reply the hosts made 102 for one off 6.4 overs.
In the return game at the Cooper Associates County Ground in August it was Surrey who were put in to bat. The visitors scored 176 for nine with Jamie Overton taking four for 24.
Somerset replied with 177 for six in 19.1 overs as Peter Trego top scored with 70.
Lewis Gregory has been ruled out through injury whilst Eddie Byrom has been brought in to the squad.
Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the same squad: The Somerset squad is: Tom Abell (c), Babar Azam, Tom Banton, Eddie Byrom, James Hildreth, Tim Groenewald, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Ollie Sale, Jerome Taylor, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Obviously after the last few results it’s important that we get back to winning ways. The boys have prepped really well over the last few days, so we’re all looking forward to it.
“They are all important games and nobody wants to win more than the lads in the dressing room, and we are doing everything we can. There are small margins in the T20 cricket and we’re doing a lot of really good things and we have reinforced that. We have also identified a couple of areas where we need to improve, and if we do that we will get the right results.
“With the changes that we have made in the side we will have to approach the game in a slightly different way. Hopefully that will be the catalyst for getting some momentum in this competition.
“Unfortunately Lewis has got a foot injury and he will be missing for the foreseeable future. Therefore Tom Abell will captain the side.”
DID YOU KNOW?
So far this season Babar Azam has scored at a strike rate of 160.78 against pace and 140.00 against spin.
ABOUT THE OPPOSITION
Titles: 1 (2003). Finals Days: 6.
Coach: Michael Di Venuto. Has been quietly effective in charge at the Kia Oval since his arrival in 2016, with last year’s Specsavers County Championship title the biggest feather in his coaching cap to date.
Captain: Jade Dernbach.The 33-year-old pace bowler, with 58 England white-ball caps, impressed as Surrey’s short-form captain last year.
Overseas players: Aaron Finch (Australia), Imran Tahir (South Africa).
Since winning the inaugural Twenty20 Cup in 2003 the Brown Caps have been runners-up twice, in 2004 and 2013, and also made Finals Day appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2014. Since then they have suffered short-form frustration, including just missing out on a quarter-final place last season. However, the winter signings of Liam Plunkett and Jordan Clark, and the arrival of leg spinner Imran Tahir as overseas player alongside Australian batsman Aaron Finch, who returns for a fourth successive season, boost an already highly-talented squad.
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 with play due to get underway at 6:30pm.
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, Spudshack, Mint & Mustard, Super Juice, Silvan’s, Somerset Steak House 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 Vilage 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!
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. 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.
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 Sreet 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.
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