Vitality Blast Preview: Surrey v Somerset
Somerset travel to the KIA Oval to take on Surrey in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Wednesday).
Play will get underway at 6:30pm.
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In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.
HEAD TO HEAD
The two sides have met 20 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won on five occasions, Surrey have won 11 times and four matches have been abandoned.
The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 207 for two at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2019, while for Surrey it is 208 for one at the Oval in 2015.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 86 not out by Johann Myburgh at Taunton in 2016, while 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 the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2018, while for Surrey it is four for 25 by Imran Tahir at the Oval in 2019.
Somerset are still without Roelof van der Merwe who has a side strain. Tom Abell is also absent due to a hamstring injury.
Somerset have named the following squad for this match: Lewis Gregory, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Will Smeed and Max Waller.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Although the weather has been frustrating, we have to remember that we are coming off the back of a great win against Kent. We played some really good cricket in that game and it’s important that we take that confidence and momentum into the game at the Oval.
“We played brilliantly as a collective against Kent, which we hadn’t done in the previous games. We’ve started to find that unity now, so hopefully we can go to Surrey and get the right result.”
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
For more information please visit the official Surrey CCC website.
Coach: Vikram Solanki
Captain: Rory Burns
Last Year’s Performance: Runners-up
2020 Leading Runscorer: Laurie Evans (363 @ 45.37)
2020 Leading Wicket Taker: Dan Moriarty (17 @ 18.29)
Overseas players: Hashim Amla (South Africa – whole tournament), Sean Abbott (Australia – Group Stage)
Key man: Will Jacks – The talented 22-year-old had a standout Blast last year, hitting 309 runs at a strike rate of almost 150 and taking 13 wickets with his off spin at only 16 runs apiece and an impressive economy rate of 6.46.
Flies under the radar: Evans – Now 33, the former Warwickshire and Sussex batsman returned to his native Surrey last year and has quietly built a fine white-ball record, with 3,624 career T20 runs.
Best Player Under 24: Sam Curran and Ollie Pope – Difficult to choose between these two gifted homegrown cricketers, both already established Test players. Surrey fans will be especially keen to see Pope’s magical strokeplay throughout the competition if he doesn’t make England’s white-ball teams.
Blast expectations: Very high. Beaten by Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the floodlit final at a dew-soaked Edgbaston on October 4 last year, Surrey’s squad now looks even stronger – particularly in the early games when their England white-ball players Jason Roy, Reece Topley and the Curran brothers are available.
DID YOU KNOW?
- If selected, James Hildreth will make his 200th appearance in T20 cricket.
- Craig Overton needs 17 runs to reach the 300-run mark in T20 cricket.
Somerset’s next match is on Friday when we welcome Hampshire Hawks to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast.
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