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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Worcestershire Rapids

THE MATCH

Somerset’s 2020 Vitality Blast campaign continues against Worcestershire Rapids at the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Friday).

Somerset are currently third in the Central Group with five points from our five matches whilst Worcestershire Rapids are sixth with one point from their five games.

Play is due to get underway at 6:30pm.

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 Worcestershire Rapids on 14 occasions in T20 cricket.

Somerset have won seven of the matches and Worcestershire Rapids have also come out on top seven times.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 229 for eight at Edgbaston earlier this month and for Worcestershire Rapids it is 200 for seven at New Road in 2006.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 141 not out by Cameron White at New Road in 2006 and for Worcestershire Rapids it is 97 not out by Graeme Hick in the same match.

The best bowling for Somerset is four for 15 by Aaron Laraman at Taunton in 2004 while for Worcestershire Rapids it is four for 44 by Kabir Ali at Taunton in 2008.

The last time the two sides met in T20 cricket was on September 3rd at Edgbaston.

Worcestershire Rapids won the toss and elected to field.

Somerset openers Babar Azam and Steve Davies put on 90 for the first wicket. Babar Azam was the man to fall for 42 from 35 balls. Davies made 60 off 35 balls and a rapid 25 from Roelof van der Merwe from just nine balls saw the visitors to a total of 229 for eight.

Jake Libby (75 not out) and Daryl Mitchell (45) provided good resistance but four wickets for Josh Davey helped to ensure that the hosts could only reach 213 for seven as Somerset won by 16 runs.

TEAM NEWS

James Hildreth has been ruled out of the match after picking up a hamstring injury last Friday. He went for a scan yesterday afternoon and is awaiting the results to know the length of his absence.

Head Coach Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Abell, Babar Azam, George Bartlett, Eddie Byrom, 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 spinner Max Waller said: “I think their side is very much set up for T20 cricket and they’ve been successful in the last few years. They’ve done it on the big occasions recently and they’ve got lots of bases covered. We know what the likes of Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley and Moeen Ali can do and I’m sure they’ll give us a good game.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In all T20 matches at the Cooper Associates County Ground the overall scoring rate from 2003 to 2019 is 8.93 runs per over. Of the 80 venues across the world to have hosted at least 40 T20 matches, none have a higher scoring rate compared to Somerset’s home ground.
  • Somerset have been excellent with the bat in the last three seasons scoring in excess of 9 runs per over in each – 2017 (9.04), 2018 (9.78) & 2019 (9.49).
  • Somerset were excellent across all three phases in 2019 Vitality Blast scoring at 9.11 runs per over in the powerplay, 9.25 rpo in the middle overs and 10.49 rpo at the death.

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 St Margaret’s Hospice Care.

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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