County Championship preview: Somerset v Gloucestershire

County Championship preview: Somerset v Gloucestershire

THE GAME

Somerset host local rivals Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground for this LV= Insurance County Championship Division One game.

The game is due to start at 10.30 am tomorrow (Monday September 5).

TO BUY TICKETS

Somerset are currently ninth in the Division 1 table with 99 points from 10 games, while the visitors are currently tenth with 62 points from 11 games.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Ticket buyers can print and download their tickets online through their SCCC account.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking here.

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

All collections of tickets or memberships will be at Jack White Gates (St James Street).

The Club Inquiries Desk will be based at the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion reception and not the Andrew Caddick Pavilion on match days.

Here’s an easy-to-follow guide for those looking to redeem their 2022 guest passes:

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can keep up to date using our dedicated correspondence center via this website and on our Twitter to feed.

A live stream will also be available for fans to watch via this website and our YouTube channel.

In addition to this, a report on the day’s play as well as quotes will be displayed after the close.

FACE-TO-FACE

The two teams have met in the County Championship 202 times. Somerset have won 58 of the games, Gloucestershire have won 69 times, 72 games have been drawn and three have been abandoned.

The series-high team total for Somerset is 591 for seven declared at Bristol in May this year, while for Gloucestershire it is 611 for nine declared also at Taunton in 2003.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 241 not knocked out by Viv Richards at Bristol in 1977, while for Gloucestershire it is 288 by WG Grace at Bristol in 1895.

The best bowling for Somerset is nine for 46 by Jack White at Bristol in 1914, while for Gloucestershire it is 10 for 79 by Charlie Parker also at Bristol in 1921.

The last time the two sides met in first-class cricket was at Bristol in May. It was a game Somerset won by one inning and 246 runs.

The home team won the toss and elected to play first. It was a decision they would soon regret as Matt Renshaw (94) and Tom Lammonby (76) shared an opening position of 172. Lewis Gregory (89) and James Hildreth (53) made half centuries while Tom Abell scored a stunning 142 as the visitors amassed a record first leg score against their local rivals of 591 for seven declared.

In response, Gloucestershire could only muster 186 as Jack Leach claimed five for 49. Subsequently, the hosts were all out for 159, despite 61 from Jacob Bethell.

TEAM NEWS

Tom Abell returns to the squad following a hamstring injury. Craig Overton and Jack Leach are unavailable (international duty) but Imam-ul-Haq and Sajid Khan are included in the squad.

The team for this match is: Tom Abell (c), Kasey Aldridge, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Lewis Goldsworthy, Lewis Gregory, Imam-ul-Haq, Tom Lammonby, James Rew, Sajid Khan and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Before the match, Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: “We’re going to need a few wins in our last four games, there’s no doubt about that. I hope we can start this last block of league matches very well and offer our skills better than the opponent.

“There is a real effervescence within the group. The new signings have settled in very well and the return has reminded everyone of the identity and purpose of this Somerset side. You miss the environment when you’re not there and everyone is eager to contribute in these final matches.

“Gloucestershire will be looking to stay in the Premier League so they are going to give it their all this week. We have to focus on what we can control, and if we do, I think we will be successful.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you’re coming to the game, all the information you need can be found on our comprehensive matchday information page.

This covers everything from planning your trip to where you eat when you get here.

CLARKE WILLMOT LLP

The match sponsor for this match is Clarke Willmott LLP.

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ONLINE AUCTIONS

The Somerset County Cricket Club will support awareness and fundraising efforts for those affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan recently.

The club will use the upcoming LV=County Championship match against Gloucestershire to launch a special online auction, with donations of items from the Somerset playing team, as well as to raise awareness via live stream of the SCCC and in the field.

Auction items, which are now live and run until 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, include:

  • England shirt signed by the whole team for the third test against South Africa
  • Tom Abell shirt worn by Somerset vs Gloucestershire signed game
  • Jack Leach England 2022 Signed Test Shirt
  • Craig Overton England 2022 Signed Test Shirt
  • Imam Ul-Haq Somerset Shirt Signed Somerset vs Gloucestershire Match-wear
  • Canvas print signed by Lord Ian Botham
  • 1995 West Indies Touring Signed Bat
  • Much more!

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MEMBERS FORUM

A Members Forum will be held in the County Hall shortly after the end of play on the second day of this game.

This event will give members the opportunity to hear from James Hildreth, who recently retired from the game after a distinguished career. Peter Trego will be our host for what promises to be an entertaining event.

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next game kicks off on Monday September 12 when we play Warwickshire at Edgbaston in the LV=Insurance County Championship.

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