Somerset v Worcestershire LVCC preview: Somerset aim to keep that winning feeling

Worcs LVCC HSomerset have opted not to break up a winning squad and have stuck with the core of their one-day team for tomorrow’s return to red ball cricket against Worcestershire at Taunton.

Director of Cricket Matt Maynard has kept faith in the bowling attack who performed so well during the Royal London Cup campaign, with youngsters Craig and Jamie Overton, Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach as well as 31-year-old Tim Groenewald all named in a 13-man squad.

The move means that there is no room for veteran Alfonso Thomas who stood down as captain for the 50-over tournament in place of Jim Allenby and went out on loan to Sussex.

When I spoke to Maynard for The Incider before the start of the one-day campaign, he admitted that momentum from the Royal London Cup could be key if Somerset were able to take a winning run from that competition into the LV=County Championship run-in.

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Royal London One-Day Cup: Rampant Somerset annihilate sorry Leicestershire

RLODC LeicesterSomerset ended their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign on a high at Grace Road today, as they romped to a 9-wicket win over Leicestershire with some 211 balls to spare.

On a somewhat overcast morning in the East Midlands, former Leicestershire all-rounder Jim Allenby won the toss and elected to field first, presumably influenced by Monday’s successful run chase against Surrey as well as the overhead conditions.

To keep his bowlers fresh for the County Championship, Director of Cricket Matt Maynard left Jack Leach and both Jamie and Craig Overton out of the playing XI, with Tim Groenewald, Josh Davey and Max Waller coming into the side. For Leicestershire, Rob Sayer was dropped and Clint McKay was ill, meaning Wayne White and Dan Redfern came into the side in the two changes from yesterday’s defeat at Worcester.

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Trescothick defies blow to score 100 for the Seconds

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Marcus Trescothick scored 127 for the Seconds today. Photograph by Alexander Davidson.

Somerset Championship skipper Marcus Trescothick defied a blow on the wrist to score a century for the Seconds at Taunton Vale today (Monday 17 August).

Playing in the Second XI Championship match against Hampshire to get match practice ahead of Somerset’s return to County Championship action this weekend, Trescothick had to retire hurt on 13 after being hit by a rising ball.

He returned returned to the crease later in the day to add a further 114 runs to his total.

The former England opener shared a 107-run stand with Zimbabwean teenager Eddie Byrom who also scored a century, to go with the 32 the pair had put on at the start of the day before Trescothick was forced to leave the field.

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Gloucestershire v Somerset RLODC preview: Barrow earns recall for West Country derby

RLODC GlosSomerset keeper-batsman Alex Barrow has been rewarded for his return to form in the Second XI with a recall to the senior side for today’s (Sunday) West Country derby against Gloucestershire in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Barrow scored two half-centuries in the Seconds’ recent win over Kent and will today make his first appearance for the first XI since early June when Michael Bates took over behind the stumps.

Bates has been widely acclaimed for his wicket-keeping and his reliability behind the stumps has been credited with bringing an increased confidence in Somerset’s bowling and out-fielding. However, he has failed to make a sizeable contribution with the bat, although he did play an excellent supporting role to Tom Cooper on Friday when Somerset took 70 off the last five overs against Worcestershire.

Barrow’s inclusion is the only change to the 13-man squad heading for Bristol today, with Somerset looking to follow up their 56-run win over Worcestershire, their first in the tournament, with another victory.

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Somerset v Worcestershire RLODC: Cooper leads Somerset to vital win

RLODC WorcsTom Cooper helped the new-look Somerset open their account in the Royal London Bank One Day Cup against a spirited Worcestershire side in front of a large crowd at Taunton on Friday which is also his sides’ first win in ten games in all competitions. This 56-run win was game three of eight group games in the 50-over format for the cider county having lost both opening games in the previous six days at home.

If the first defeat against Derbyshire was rather farcical due to the influence of bad weather the loss to Durham did at least show some encouraging signs with bat as Somerset racked up over 300 runs to test the reigning tournament champions.

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Somerset v Worcestershire Royal London One Day Cup preview

RLODC WorcsSomerset welcome Worcestershire to the County Ground today (Friday), hoping they can notch up their first win in this year’s Royal London One-Day Cup, against a side whose have had a similarly disappointing start to the tournament.

The visitors will be looking to pick themselves up from yesterday’s comprehensive 133-run defeat to Yorkshire at New Road, in which they conceded 345-6 and were then bundled out for just 212, Steven Patterson taking 5-51.

If the visitors’ confidence will be low, Somerset are also smarting after two defeats in their opening two games, a 29-run loss to Derbyshire in the rain on Sunday and another by seven wickets to Durham on Wednesday.

However, the hosts did have some genuine positives to take away from their encounter with the 2014 Royal London champions.

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Somerset v Durham RLODC: Cooper’s first ton not enough as Stoneman, Mustard chase big target with ease

RLODC DurhamSomerset 327-8 from 50 overs (Cooper 104, Trego 53, C Overton 49, Hose 41; Hastings 5-41, Arshad 3-80) lost to Durham 331-3 from 46.3 overs (Stoneman 112, Mustard 98, Borthwick 66*) by 7 wickets. Durham 2 points, Somerset 0 points.

Tom Cooper’s first Somerset century was not enough as Durham chased down a formidable 328 with consummate ease. The defeat made it ten games without a win for the cider county in all formats.

Durham openers Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard did the bulk of the work, putting on 211 for the first wicket – the highest one-day partnership for Durham against professional county opposition.

Somerset captain Jim Allenby won the toss and chose to bat, and he also made the decision to demote himself in the order – Tom Abell, on List A debut, joined Adam Hose at the top.

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Somerset v Durham Royal London One-Day Cup preview: 50-over competition starts here for Somerset

RLODC DurhamSomerset will look to start their 50 over competition in earnest against defending champions Durham tomorrow, following Sunday’s rain-affected defeat against Derbyshire.

Ironically after targeting the Royal London Cup as an opportunity to start afresh in white ball cricket after a disastrous NatWest T20 Blast campaign, Sunday’s game was reduced to a 10-over thrash, exposing Somerset’s weaknesses in the shortest form of the game.

With the weather currently set fair tomorrow, Somerset will hope to put their new 50-over strategy into action for the first time, with Tom Abell expected to make his list A debut and anchor the innings.

Indeed getting batsmen to bat deeper, was the theme of Director of Cricket Matt Maynard’s pre-match pep talk for his players, who collapsed in a frenetic rush of miscues and top edges on Sunday as the run rate grew higher and higher among the showers. They will need to put that experience and mindset behind them quickly and concentrate on the tactics required in a 50-over contest.

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Somerset v Derbyshire Royal London One-Day Cup: Somerset lose rain-affected opener after dismal batting collapse

RLODC DerbySomerset lost a rain-reduced opening match of their 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup campaign by 29 runs after a collective batting failure in pursuit of a revised target of 104 runs from 10 overs.

With the entire country affected by wet weather, this match was the only one to reach a result, and in hindsight Somerset would have been better served with a washout.

The rain was on and off all day, until a sufficient break meant that a 14-overs-a-side game could start at quarter past four. Jim Allenby won the toss and chose to bowl with the threat of rain still looming.

As promised, Somerset picked a fairly young-looking side, which included both Overtons, Lewis Gregory and new signing Adam Hose for his List A debut.

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Somerset v Derbyshire preview: Somerset’s ‘fearless youth’ aim to return to winning ways

RLODC DerbySomerset aim to make a fresh start in white ball cricket tomorrow (Sunday 26 July) with the start of their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.

With new one-day skipper Jim Allenby in charge, Somerset host the Derbyshire Falcons at the County Ground in Taunton, the first of eight group games in the 50-over competition this season.

Looking ahead to the game Allenby said: “The 50 over game is a format that I enjoy playing. It rewards bowlers who put the ball in good areas and it rewards batsmen who get in and try to get hundreds. I think it is set up well for the side that we are going to have because we’ve got some batsmen who can bat for long periods while being aggressive. We also have bowlers who are wicket takers and that’s the most important thing in one-day cricket.

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