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Vitality Blast Quarter-Final Preview: Somerset v Notts Outlaws

THE MATCH

Somerset face Notts Outlaws in the quarter-final of the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Monday August 27th).

No play was possible today (Sunday) and therefore this match will be played on the reserve day. Tickets for Sunday will be valid for the reserve day.

Somerset finished top of the South Group after claiming 20 points from 14 games whilst Notts Outlaws were fourth in the North Group after securing 16 points from their 14 fixtures.

Gates will open at 11am with play due to get underway at 1pm.

THIS MATCH IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!

This match is not included in Membership and a match-day ticket is required to gain entry to the Cooper Associates County Ground.

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.

In-game clips will also be available via our Match Centre.

There will also be live audio coverage on BBC radio and 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

Since T20 cricket was introduced to the domestic calendar the two sides have only met on three occasions. Somerset have won twice and Notts once.

The first encounter in this format was in the semi-final in 2010 at the Rose Bowl. After being put into bat Somerset scored 182 for five thanks to Marcus Trescothick (60) and Jos Buttler (55 not out).

Chasing a rain reduced total Notts ended on 117 for four from their 13 overs, giving Somerset victory by three runs (D/L method).

The two sides met again in the quarter-final stage at Trent Bridge the following year when the hosts posted a total of 169 for five after winning the toss and batting. Alex Hales top scored with 78 off 51 balls.

When Somerset replied Craig Kieswetter hit 49 at the top of the order, but when he was out at the end of the 14th over the game was still in the balance. Kieron Pollard (47 not out off 25 balls) and Jos Buttler (34 not out off 14) then shared an unbroken partnership of 66 to see Somerset to a six wicket win with five balls to spare, and a place in their third consecutive Finals Day.

The last time the two sides met was at the same stage of the competition in 2017 when Notts came out on top by by five wickets at Trent Bridge.

After losing the toss Somerset were asked to bat first and scored 151 for six from their 20 overs. Steve Davies top scored with 59 whilst Peter Trego made 40, the pair adding 85 together.

When the home side responded they found themselves on 66 for four before Samit Patel (45 off 28) and Dan Christian (36 not out) helped to see them to victory with nine balls to spare.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are still without Tim Groenewald (groin) and Lewis Gregory will be assessed ahead of the match. Somerset’s starting XI will be selected from the following squad: Tom Abell, Corey Anderson, Dom Bess, 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: “Notts are a very strong side, as are all those who have qualified for this stage of the competition.

“Rain is forecast for the weekend but we can’t control the weather, so we will prep with the aim of playing the game on Sunday.

“The intensity has been there in training and we’re coming off the back of a phenomenal win against Essex. The guys really showed what we’re all about character-wise and skill-wise on that last day. Winning like that breeds confidence and there’s a really good feel about the place as we get ready for Sunday.”

IS THIS MATCH INCLUDED IN MY MEMBERSHIP?

This match is not included in Membership and a match-day ticket is required to gain entry to the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Somerset County Cricket Club operates an allocated seating policy for our Vitality Blast matches.

WHAT TIME DO GATES OPEN?

Gates will open at 11am with play due to get underway at 1pm.

WHICH GATE SHOULD I USE?

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 on site in the St James Street side of the ground offering free samples to over 18’s as well as giving away free hats! Look out for our Vitality Blast volunteers who will be collecting names for our special St Austell Giant Can competition which will take place during the interval!

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.

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 a Vitality Blast 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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