Vitality Blast Preview: Glamorgan v Somerset
Somerset travel to Sophia Gardens to face Glamorgan in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (June 21st).
Play is due to get underway at 6:30pm.
Somerset are currently top of the South Group with 16 points from 10 matches, whilst Glamorgan are sixth with 10 points from the same number of fixtures.
Tickets for this match are still available
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
You can keep up to date with a live blog via our dedicated Match Centre and also on our Twitter feed. A live stream will be available on the Match Centre, courtesy of Glamorgan CCC.
In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.
Captain: David Lloyd
Overseas players: Michael Neser (Australia), Colin Ingram (South Africa)
Finals Day appearances: 2
2022 finish: Sixth (South Group)
2022 leading runscorer: Sam Northeast (510 runs)
2022 leading wicket taker: Michael Hogan (20 wickets)
2023 season so far
2023 leading run scorer: Chris Cooke (388 runs)
2023 leading wicket taker: Jamie McIlroy (16 wickets)
Somerset will be without Peter Siddle (hand), Roelof van der Merwe (hand), Lewis Gregory (hand) and Sonny Baker (back). Matt Henry is rested but Craig Overton returns to the squad. Tom Abell will take on the captaincy in Lewis Gregory’s absence.
The full squad for this match is: Tom Abell*, Will Smeed, Tom Banton, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Sean Dickson, Ben Green, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Jack Brooks, Tom Lammonby, Shoaib Bashir, Kasey Aldridge and James Rew.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
On the eve of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It was a great performance last night and a much more enjoyable bus journey home from Essex than it was last week. The confidence that you build up from winning games means that we’re looking forward to the next one against Glamorgan tomorrow.
“It was a comprehensive win and we can’t underestimate how good the guys were in the first half of the game. It was a good wicket with small boundaries and Essex came at us hard. I thought that Matt Henry and Jack Brooks were outstanding. We kept working away and taking wickets and kept them to a below par score on that surface.
“I think the group is still quite tight. It’s great to be at the top but we’ve got four games left and we’ll be looking to win all four. It’s a challenge, but it’s one that we’re looking forward to.
“Glamorgan have been playing some really good cricket this year and scores have been a lot higher in Cardiff than in recent years. We had a comprehensive win against them at the Cooper Associates County Ground earlier in the competition and we will be hoping to do the same tomorrow.
“This time of the season is an incredibly challenging one for the guys. There are a lot of games at the moment and that means a lot of traveling, large amounts of time in hotels all on top of the mental challenges that the Blast brings. Inevitably, that eventually takes its toll.
“We’re already without Peter Siddle and now Roelof has picked up a hand injury. Lewis Gregory has split his webbing so we’re waiting to see what part he will be able to play. Matt Henry will be rested for this match with one eye on our Championship fixture against Notts at the weekend. Fortunately, we’ve been able to rest some of the seamers this year and we are able to welcome Craig back into the squad.”
Today we go back to 2013 and a match that saw Somerset come out on top by 64 runs.
It was a game that saw fireworks from Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler before Max Waller ripped the heart out of the visitors line up.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
You can find out everything that you need to know about attending the game via the Official Glamorgan Website.
Somerset’s next match is on Friday (June 23rd) when we take on Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast.
THIS MATCH IS SOLD OUT!