Metro Bank One Day Cup Preview: Somerset v Sussex Sharks


Somerset welcome Sussex Sharks to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Metro Bank One Day Cup tomorrow (Friday August 11th).

Play is due to get underway at 11am.

Gates will open at 10am.

The Wurzels are scheduled to perform after the match.

Tickets for this match are still available.


Reduced price tickets will be available after the interval (approx. 2:30pm).

Tickets for the second innings will be available from the Jack White Gates at a cost of £15 for adults, £7 for students and £5 for juniors.


Bag searches will be in operation and spectators are reminded that no glass or alcohol will be permitted within the Cooper Associates County Ground.

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 Enquiries Desk will be based in the Reception of the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion and not in the Andrew Caddick Pavilion on matchdays.

Due to the busy nature of a matchday, our telephone lines will closed for the duration of the game and will reopen at 10am on Monday August 14th.

Please note that there is currently a one way system in operation on Priory Bridge Road in Taunton. This may increase your journey time on matchdays.

No re-admission will be permitted after the close of play.

Information on everything that you will need for a matchday at SCCC, including how to redeem your guest passes, how to download your e-tickets and how to use the SCCC Ticket App can all be found in our Visitor Guide:



Our live stream of the action will be available via our Official Match Centre and on our YouTube channel.


You can also keep up to date using our dedicated matchday blog via this website’s Match Centre and on our Twitter feed.

In association with Vertu Motors, Somerset County Cricket Club will be providing radio ear pieces to enable Members and supporters to enjoy our live ball-by-ball match commentary. These will be available to purchase from Reception in the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion at a cost of £12 and these will last all season.

In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.


The Jurassic Fibre Fan Village is situated at the St James Street side of the Cooper Associates County Ground and there will be an increased selection of food and drink options.

In addition to this, there will be all manner of entertainment throughout including live music plus giveaways, competitions and much more!



Captain: Tom Haines
Overseas players: Cheteshwar Pujara (India)

2022 finish: Semi-finalists
2022 leading run scorer: Cheteshwar Pujara (624)
2022 leading wicket taker: Ari Karvelas (20)

Key player: Cheteshwar Pujara – The impact Pujara can provide shouldn’t be underestimated. Sussex were on no-one’s radar a year ago but he scored three hundreds as they topped the group and he led the side shrewdly. He returns in decent form too, having made 133 for West Zone during a brief return to India at the start of July.

Young player to watch: James Coles – Picked up nine wickets last year and his off spin has improved since while he also offers the promise of quick runs in the middle order. The 19-year-old has scored two Championship hundreds this season and the freedom with which he plays should be suited to the 50 overs format.


Somerset will be without Josh Davey (side), Kasey Aldridge (side) and Alfie Ogborne (shin).

A starting XI will be picked from the following squad: Sean Dickson, Andy Umeed, George Thomas, Lewis Goldsworthy, James Rew, Curtis Campher, George Bartlett, Danny Lamb, Josh Thomas, Ned Leonard, Jack Brooks, Shoaib Bashir and JT Langridge.


SCCC Metro Bank One Day Cup Head Coach, Paul Tweddle said: “I think we gave a good account of ourselves with the bat at Northants. It would have taken something special from someone to have gotten us over the line, but I think we can take some positives from the fact that we were able to post a good total. That’s something that we can use as we approach the game against Sussex.

“At times our fielding was not at the level that we expect. That’s disappointing but sometimes that can happen when you’re chasing the game. I’ve got a huge amount of faith in the guys and I’m sure that they’ll put things right moving forward.

“Sussex are a good side and they’ll be frustrated with their start to the comp so far and they’ll be looking to put that right against us, but we know that if we all put in our best performances, we can beat anyone.

“The crowds at the Cooper Associates County Ground for our first two games in the competition have been incredible and the lads have really appreciated the support. We can’t wait to get back out there tomorrow.”


Our classic List A match between the two sides comes from 2003.

When Somerset and Sussex clashed in a 45-over National League match at Hove, it was the visitors who came out on top by 191 runs.

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.

Make Burns made 91 at the top of the order, but it was Ian Blackwell who stole the headlines. In a brutal display of batting, he scored 111 from just 56 balls and helped himself to 13 fours and five sixes. Keith Dutch (44 from 32 balls) and Keith Parsons (40 from 40) also made valuable contributions as Somerset posted 377 for nine.

Blackwell also claimed three for 57 as Sussex were dismissed for 186 off just 30.2 overs. Keith Dutch was the pick of the attack, finishing with four for 34.


SCCC are pleased to be able to announce that the Wurzels will be performing at this match for Members and ticket holders in the Jurasic Fibre Fan Village!

The Wurzels are THE quintessential Somerset band and they will be bring you all their hits on the night, including “Blackbird”.

Join us for a day of outstanding cricket action and a night of classic Wurzels songs!

The Wurzels are due to take to the stage after the match has finished.

The fan village will be the only area of the Cooper Associates County Ground open to Members and spectators after the completion of play.


Today’s match sponsor, WPA Health Insurance, will be taking part in a special charity triathlon challenge.

Earlier this year, a member of staff at WPA tragically lost their daughter who was just 18 years of age. At this game, WPA are aiming to cycle, run and row for the entirety of the match at the Cooper Associates County Ground, and raise as much money as possible for Cardiac Risk in the Young UK.

To donate please use the link below:



Our Principal One Day Cup Partner, Higos Insurance will be attending all of our home Metro Bank One Day Cup games.

You can visit them in the Jurassic Fibre Fan Village where there will be giveaways and you can enter a competition to win a framed Somerset CCC shirt signed by James Rew!


Somerset’s next match is on Sunday August 13th when we take on Gloucestershire at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol in the Metro Bank One Day Cup.

Tickets for this match are still available.