Vitality Blast Quarter-Final Preview: Somerset v Notts Outlaws
Somerset take on Notts Outlaws in the Vitality Blast quarter-final at the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Friday July 7th).
Play is due to get underway at 6:35pm.
Tickets for this match are SOLD OUT!
Supporters are being urged not to buy tickets from unofficial sources.
Gates will open at 4:30pm.
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 Cooper Associates County Ground operates a no re-entry policy on Vitality Blast matchdays. If you leave the venue, re-admittance will not be granted.
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 Friday July 14th.
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:
Children under 14 should be accompanied by a responsible adult when participating in the Somerset Cricket Foundation activities.
Scorecards will be available from the SCS Shop and Reception in the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
You can keep up to date with a live blog via our dedicated Match Centre and on our Twitter feed.
In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.
This match is being broadcast live on Sky Sports so there will be no live stream. This also means that spectators won’t be able to follow the live stream commentary on our matchday radios.
In association with Jurassic Fibre, Somerset County Cricket Club will be launching a brand-new fan village at this match. The new and improved Jurassic Fibre Fan Village will still be situated at the St James Street side of the Cooper Associates County Ground and will feature more space and a much wider range of entertainment, food and drink offerings.
The Jurassic Fibre Fan Village will host a large selection of varied food and drink options and a large self-pouring bar.
There will also be live music from The Haus Band.
In addition to this, there will be all manner of entertainment throughout, including a special virtual reality cricket game plus giveaways, competitions and much more!
Captain: Steven Mullaney
Overseas players: Dane Paterson (South Africa), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)
Finals Day appearances: 6
Titles: 2 (2017, 2020)
2023 season: 4th in North Group (16 points from 14 games)
2023 leading run scorer: Joe Clarke (430)
2023 leading wicket taker: Shaheen Afridi (22)
Somerset are without Roelof van der Merwe (hand) and Sonny Baker (back), whilst Peter Siddle has now left the Club.
Josh Davey also picked up a rib injury in the match against Kent Spitfires and is replaced in the squad by Jack Brooks.
The starting XI will be picked from the following squad: Lewis Gregory, Will Smeed, Tom Banton, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Tom Abell, Tom Lammonby, Sean Dickson, Ben Green, Kasey Aldridge, Craig Overton, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Jack Brooks and Shoaib Bashir.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the game, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be in the knock out stages and we’re looking forward to it. The confidence within the group is immense at the moment and we played incredibly well throughout the group stage.
“Although the consequences are different, it’s important to remember that it’s just another game of T20 cricket. The key is to execute your skills and be as clear as you can in those pressure moments.
“The nucleus of this side has been together for a number of years now. The group have experienced Finals Days and they’ve got another year of experience under their belts. You can see the growth in their confidence and skills. If they can go out there and enjoy it tomorrow night and showcase how talented they are then they will get the right result.
“The atmosphere at home games has been superb again this year. We’re sold out again, the weather forecast looks good, so it should be a great spectacle.”
For today’s classic match we revisit the the time that the two sides clashed in the T20 quarter-final at Taunton in 2018. It was a game that saw Somerset reach Finals Day thanks to a 19 run victory.
The stars of the day were Jamie Overton (five for 47) and Lewis Gregory who smashed his way to 60 off just 24 balls.
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Somerset County Cricket Club will welcome five-year-old Bodhi Atterton to the Cooper Associates County Ground on Friday as our Official Mascot.
We first met Bodhi earlier this year when the players visited Musgrove Park Hospital to present the Children’s Wards with a cheque for £1500 and to give away some Vitality Blast shirts.
Bodhi has T cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and is currently receiving treatment in both Taunton and Bristol. Bodhi and his mum, Alice, will be joining us as our guests, and he will accompany the captains for the toss ahead of the match.
The family are currently raising money for the Young Lives vs Cancer charity, who have supported them during Bodhi’s treatment. Mark and Alice are running the London Marathon for them in April.
You can find out more information and donate below:
Somerset’s next match begins on Monday when we take on Hampshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the LV= Insurance County Championship.
Tickets for this fixture are still available: