Vitality Blast Preview: Surrey v Somerset


Somerset travel to the KIA Oval tomorrow (Tuesday) to face Surrey in the 2019 Vitality Blast.

The match is due to begin at 6:30pm.

Currently Somerset are fourth in the South Group with 13 points from 12 games, while their hosts are eighth with 10 points from the same number of matches.


You can keep up to date using our dedicated Match Centre via this website and on our Twitter feed. A live stream, courtesy of Surrey CCC, will also be available to view via our website.

In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.


Since T20 cricket was first introduced in 2003 the two sides have played against each other on 16 occasions. Somerset have won five of the matches, Surrey have won nine and two of the fixtures have been abandoned.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 207 for two at the Cooper Associates County Ground earlier this month 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.

When the two sides met at Taunton earlier this month Surrey posted 203 for four after being put in. Aaron Finch hit 72 and Sam Curran made 53. In reply Somerset reached 207 for two after Tom Banton hit 71 and Eddie Byrom scored an unbeaten 54.


Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Tom Abell (c), Babar Azam, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, James Hildreth, Tim Groenewald, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Ollie Sale, Jerome Taylor, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.


Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “There are two matches left and hopefully we can take the momentum from Saturday’s win in to these two games.

“It’s always a good game when we go to the Oval and there’s a great atmosphere when it’s a sell out there. They’re still in the competition and will be endeavoring to win their final two games to give themselves a chance of qualifying. They’ll be up for it and we had a great game against them here in Taunton.

“We know what their strengths are and we’ll be looking to repeat what we did on Saturday.”

Somerset spinner, Max Waller said: “Every result is crucial going towards the quarter-finals and it would be lovely to win both of our last two matches.

“Each game is important to us, so we will be taking every game as it comes. On Tuesday we have a crucial game at the Oval where there is always a fantastic atmosphere, and I am really looking forward to that.”


Somerset dominated the post-Powerplay overs in the 2018 Vitality Blast. Once the field restrictions were lifted Somerset scored at a remarkable 10.36 runs over for the last 14 overs of the innings – no one was quicker.


If you are traveling to the match you can find everything you need to know by visiting the Surrey website

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