2022 Vitality Blast Preview: Essex Eagles v Somerset

2022 Vitality Blast Preview: Essex Eagles v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travels to the Cloud County Ground tomorrow (Sunday, June 19) to take on Essex Eagles in the Vitality Blast.

The game starts at 2:30 PM.

Tickets are still available for this match.

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Somerset are currently second in the South Group with 12 points from eight games, while Essex is third with 11 points from nine games.

HOW CAN I KEEP INFORMED?

You can stay informed via our special Match Center via this website and on our Twitter feed.

In addition, a report of the game of the day along with quotes will be posted on this website.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have faced each other 16 times in T20 cricket. Somerset won eight times, Essex came out on top six times and two games were abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 225 for two at Chelmsford in 2011, while for Essex it is 209 for five at Bath in 2011.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 108 not out of Marcus Trescothick at Chelmsford in 2011, while for Essex it is 105 by Ravi Bopara at Chelmsford in 2010.

The best bowling for Somerset is five for 32 by Roelof van der Merwe in Chelmsford in 2019, while for Essex it is four for 22 by Timothy Phillips in Bath in 2011.

The last time the two sides met in the Vitality Blast was earlier this season at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Somerset won the match by six wickets (DLS).

After winning the toss, Tom Abell chose to bowl first in a match that was reduced to 18 overs per game.

Matthew Critchley made 60 from 38 balls while Essex Eagles posted 139 for nine. Marchant de Lange was the bowlers’ pick, claiming four for nine.

Will Smeed (58 from 30 balls) and Rilee Rossouw (67 from 29) made sure Somerset hit their target for the loss of just four wickets with 20 balls left.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset has named the following squad: Tom Abell (c), 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 .

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Before the match Lewis Gregory said: “There is always a pretty rowdy crowd in Essex so we know we have a big task ahead of us. We are playing fantastic cricket at the moment and hopefully we can put in another good performance on Sunday.

“The exciting thing for us is that we have a lot of guys who raise their hands when we need to. That’s what successful teams do and hopefully it will stay that way for the rest of the competition.

“There is never an easy game against Essex. They have some excellent players, and we’re going to have to be at the top of our game to face them on the right side on their own patch.

“We’re playing fearless cricket at the moment and I’m excited to see what the rest of the league has in store for us.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

For more information, visit the official Essex CCC website

THE OPPOSITION

ESSEX EAGLES

Coach: Anthony McGrath

Captain: Simon Harmer

Performance 2021: Seventh (Group South)

Top scorer of 2021: Michael Pepper (260 runs)

2021 Leading Wicket Taker: Sam Cook (20 wickets)

foreign players: Simon Harmer (South Africa) and Daniel Sams (Australia)

NEXT GAME

Somerset’s next match is on Tuesday (June 21) when we take on Surrey at the Kia Oval in the Vitality Blast

Tickets for this match are still available and can be purchased now!

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