2022 Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Hampshire Hawks
Somerset welcome Hampshire Hawks to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Thursday June 23rd)
Somerset are currently second in the South Group table with 14 points from 10 games whilst Hampshire are sixth with 10 points from the same number of matches.
Play will get underground at 7:05pm.
Gates will open at 5pm.
Tickets are still available for this match!
Supporters are advised that planned industrial action by the RMT Union will mean that rail services will be severely affected on Thursday.
Great Western Railway will be running a very limited service between 7:30am and 6:30pm only.
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Ticket buyers can print and download their online tickets via their SCCC account.
All ticket or Membership collections will be from the Jack White Gates (St James Street).
The Club Inquiries Desk will be based in the Reception of the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion and not in the Andrew Caddick Pavilion on matchdays.
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This match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket.
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 faced each other 25 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won on 14 of the matches, Hampshire have won seven times, one game was tied and three matches have been abandoned.
The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 220 for four at Taunton in 2010, while for Hampshire 216 for five in the same game.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is 102 not out by Babar Azam at the Ageas Bowl in 2019, while for Hampshire it is 85 by Tom Alsop in 2009 at the same venue.
The best bowling for Somerset is five for 15 by Jerome Taylor at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2018, while for Hampshire it is five for 17 by Liam Dawson at at the Ageas Bowl in 2016.
The last time the two sides met in T20 competition was in May this year at the Ageas Bowl. Somerset won by four wickets.
After winning the toss and electing to field, Somerset restricted their hosts to 123 all out from their 20 overs. James Fuller top scored with 42 from 28 balls, whilst Josh Davey was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three for 21.
Tom Banton (20) and Will Smeed (22) shared an opening stand of 46, which helped to break the back of the Hampshire total. Rilee Rossouw (26 off 18) and Tom Lammonby (33 from 22) took their side to within touching distance of victory and it was left to Roelof van der Merwe and Ben Green to get Somerset over the line with 25 balls to spare.
Somerset are without Craig Overton and Jack Leach (international duty).
Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Tom Abell (c), Kasey Aldridge, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Rilee Rossouw, Peter Siddle, Will Smeed and Roelof van der Merwe.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the game, Jason Kerr said: “I think it’s important that we use last night’s result at the Oval both a learning and motivation. I thought the guys were outstanding in the second half to compete the way that we did. It’s important that we dust ourselves off quickly and get two points against Hampshire.
“Hampshire are an exciting side and the guys are looking forward to walking out in front of our home fans again. The atmosphere was phenomenal at our last home game and hopefully there will be more of the same tomorrow.
“From a workload point of view, the seamers are getting through a lot of work, and we’ve got a lot of cricket coming up, so we’ve added Kasey to the squad.”
First Team Manager: Adrian Birrell
Captain: James Vince
2021 Performance: semi-finalist
2021 Leading Run Scorer: Joe Weatherley (410)
2021 Leading Wicket Taker: Scott Curry (19)
overseas players: Ben McDermott, Nathan Ellis (both Australia), Kyle Abbott (South Africa)
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
If you are coming to the match all the information that you need can be found in our comprehensive match-day information page.
This covers everything from planning your journey to where you eat when you get here.
DID YOU KNOW
- Roelof van der Merwe needs three more wickets to reach the 250 wicket mark in T20 cricket
BE A WINNER
Somerset County Cricket Club and our Official Vitality Blast Partner, Trade Nation are once again giving you the chance to win some incredible prizes during our T20 matches!
Our popular phone-in competition returns this summer as #HowzatTradeNation.
The theme of the prizes this year is “Celebrating the South West”
The rules are simple.
Just enter your details into the online form below and we could be giving you a call during the interval.
You simply have to answer the phone with the words “Howzat Trade Nation” whilst watching our Facebook stream on the night and you will win one of the following prizes!!
– Boardmasters day ticket VIP experience for four people
– Thatcher’s Tour of Myrtle Farm for four people and four crates of your choice
– £300 Gray Nicholls shop voucher
– Hub Box £250 restaurant voucher
– £750 voucher for a stay at the incredible Carbis Bay Hotel in St Ives
– The Wave £250 surf voucher
– Somerset County Sports Club shop £250 voucher
Thatchers Apple Role
Thatchers will once again be providing entertainment during the interval with prizes on offer for the winners of the Thatchers Apple Role.
In a bid to improve the already outstanding matchday experience at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to announce the return of our dedicated fan village at all of our home Vitality Blast fixtures this summer.
There will be a range of food and drink options plus live music!
Thanks to our partners at Trade Nation, we are delighted to be able to announce that we will be joined in our Fan Village by BatFast.
Suitable for anyone of any ability, the BatFast Cricket Simulator is a compelling and innovative way to spread the joy of cricket to the world. The built-in intelligence in BatFast’s software automates the playing experience for users delivering a significantly higher degree of personalization and efficiency.
BatFast uses gamification, storytelling, immersive graphics, competitions and community to create experiences that encourage repeat use, higher lifetime values and very low cost of player acquisition.
After the match, Somerset players will be taking part in a signing session in front of the Ondaatje Stands.
Construction work is nearing completion on Gimblett’s Hill.
The project has been undertaken in order to improve accessibility on matchdays, while retaining the history and character of one of the most popular parts of the Cooper Associates County Ground.
This area will be available during this match, ahead of it’s official opening next week. Priority will be given to those Members and supporters with additional needs.
Don’t forget that our ground-wide Wi-Fi network is fully operational.
The Wi-Fi is completely free of charge and to connect all you have to do is select the option: “_WeAreSomerset” in your settings and enter a valid email address.
You can also update your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.
With the new Wi-Fi you can browse the internet around the Cooper Associates County Ground. This means, for example, that our matchday live stream can be accessed without using your data, meaning instant replays of all the action on the field are available at no extra cost to you.
During each home Vitality Blast match in 2022, Trade Nation will be donating £50 for every six that is hit and £150 for every ball that is hit out of the ground!
At this match we will be raising money for The Somerset Cricket Foundation.
The charity has been chosen by Jack Brooks.
The Somerset Cricket Foundation’s goal is to facilitate the playing and improvement of recreational cricket in Somerset as well as positively impacting our communities through cricket. This involves working in close partnership with many organizations and individuals as well delivering courses, programs and projects.
Somerset’s next match is on Friday (June 24th) when we travel to Sophia Gardens to take on Glamorgan in the Vitality Blast.
A limited number of tickets are still available for this match and can be purchased now!