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Vitality Blast Preview: Worcestershire Rapids v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset are back in Vitality Blast action tomorrow (Thursday) when we take on Worcestershire Rapids at Edgbaston.

Play is due to get underway at 1:05pm.

Somerset are currently second in the table with three points from three games whilst Worcestershire Rapids are sixth with one point from their three matches.

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The match is being shown live on Sky Sports Cricket with coverage beginning at 1pm. There will be no free live streaming of this fixture from Worcestershire or Somerset.

There will also be commentary of the match via the BBC Sport website.

In addition to this 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 13 occasions in T20 cricket.

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

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 212 for eight at Taunton in 2008 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 the competition was at New Road in 2013.

Worcestershire won the toss that day and elected to field.

Craig Kieswetter (80) and Peter Trego (62) ensured that Somerset posted a total of 188 for four from our allotted overs.

However, a 42-ball 77 from Andre Russell ensured that the hosts reached their target with just two balls to spare as Worcestershire won by five wickets.

TEAM NEWS

Vitality Blast Captain Lewis Gregory and Babar Azam are available for selection but Tom Banton is unavailable due to international commitments and Craig Overton is rested.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following 13-man squad:

Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Abell, Babar Azam, George Bartlett, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Ollie Sale, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The performance against Glamorgan was incredibly polished. We were disappointed with our performance against Northants but the way we came back on Tuesday night was brilliant for the team and gives us huge confidence going into the game against Worcestershire Rapids.

“They are a strong white-ball outfit and I’m sure they’ll be looking to bounce back against us on Thursday. We certainly won’t underestimate them or any team we face this year.

“Lewis will be back to captain the side and I have to say that Tom Abell did a brilliant job in his absence. We welcome back Babar Azam as well, so to boost the squad with two internationals gives us huge strength in depth.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Babar Azam is dismissed every 34.3 balls he faces in T20 cricket. No other player to have played at least 100 innings is dismissed less often. The next best is Virat Kohli at 30.6
  • Lewis Gregory has scored 347 runs and taken 24 wickets as captain for Somerset in the Vitality Blast.
  • Somerset have been the quickest scoring team in the middle phase in the last three Vitality Blast editions with a run rate of 9.28 rpo in overs 7 to 15 – the only team scoring in excess of 9.0 rpo
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