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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Surrey

THE MATCH

Somerset are in Vitality Blast action again tomorrow (Friday) when we welcome Surrey to the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Somerset are currently top of the South Group with 16 points from 11 matches whilst Surrey are fifth with 11 points from nine matches. However, they play Sussex Sharks this evening (Thursday).

Play will get underway at 4:30pm

Tickets for this match 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.

A live stream of this match will be available with synchronised BBC Commentary. The link for this will be posted shortly before play begins.

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 the two sides have played against each other on 14 occasions, Somerset have won three of the matches, Surrey nine and two of the fixtures have been abandoned.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 189 for four at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2016 and for Surrey it is 208 for one at the KIA 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 three for 20 by Josh Davey at the Oval in 2016 while for Surrey it is three for eight by Matt Dunn at the Oval in 2014.

In the game between the two sides at the KIA Oval two weeks ago it was Surrey who won the match by nine wickets.

After being put into bat in a match reduced to 10 overs per side Somerset reached 99 for six. Lewis Gregory top scored for the visitors with an unbeaten 50 off 23 balls with three fours and four sixes.

Surrey reached their target in 6.4 overs thanks to 28 from Jason Roy and an unbeaten 43 from Aaron Finch.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset’s starting XI will be selected from the following squad: Tom Abell, Corey Anderson, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory (c), 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 Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Everyone played brilliantly against Hampshire and we were delighted to get the win on what was a tricky surface. It’s Surrey up next and obviously we had a reduced match up there recently so hopefully we can get all 20 overs in tomorrow. Surrey have got some very dangerous players but we’re incredibly confident in the brand of cricket that we’re playing at the moment.

“We’ve learned a lot and evolved throughout the competition. We’re seeing that the players are improving their cricketing intelligence out in the middle with each game. That stands us in good stead for this competition but also for the future.

“The South Group table is getting congested because the top teams keep winning and the bottom teams keep losing. That’s unusual because normally everyone seems to beat everyone else at some point during the season. If you look back to last year we would have qualified with 14 points. We’ve got 16 points already this year and aren’t guaranteed to qualify.

“The home crowd are phenomenal. We’re incredibly fortunate and play in front a big crowds in all three formats. The Members and fans are incredibly supportive and extremely knowledgeable and the guys are well aware of the value that brings to the dressing room and the Club as a whole.”

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 2:30pm with play due to get underway 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.

FOOD & DRINK

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 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

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 prizes up for grabs.

THATCHERS CIDER will be carrying out a special competition on the day and there is a case of Thatchers Gold up for grabs!

THE REAL SHAVING COMPANY are our Official Vitality Blast Partner and they will be giving away free samples on match days. They are also running a season long competition with big prizes for the winners! Make sure you visit them in the St James Street car park for more details.

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.

HARRIS FOWLER. Harris Fowler are our Official Vitality Blast Matchday Partner and a presentation will take place at the end of the game at which the Harris Fowler Man of the Match will be announced.

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.

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