LVCC Warwickshire v Somerset preview: Midnight dash to Edgbaston as Somerset look to bounce back from T20 knockout

Warks LVCC AIf recent changes were designed to make the county cricket fixture list clearer and easier to follow, it’s hard to square that with Somerset’s schedule this week.

There is something almost perverse about sending a side, which has just been knocked out of one competition, 120 miles through the night from The Kia Oval to Edgbaston to play a four-day game the next morning.

For the second week running Somerset have no day off on a Saturday and play a Championship match 15 hours after a fast-paced T20 clash.

They will need to dust themselves off quickly and hope they can continue their unbeaten run in the LV=County Championship First Division which has seen them climb from bottom to fifth place in the table.

After back-to-back wins against Nottinghamshire and Hampshire, they got out of jail against Sussex to secure a draw at Taunton thanks to a heroic rearguard from Peter Trego and Lewis Gregory on the final evening. They then drew again, away to Middlesex last weekend as the weather emerged the winner despite the captains’ best efforts to get a result on the final day.

Tom Cooper is recalled for the trip to Birmingham after impressing for the 2nd XI. Photo by Alexander Davison

 

Craig Overton returns to the squad today after being sidelined for a week with mild concussion after being hit on the helmet while batting against Sussex. Brother Jamie is also included in the squad along with Alfonso Thomas and Tim Groenewald, while Gregory is rested.

Craig Overton
Craig Overton returns to the squad after recovering from mild concussion. Photograph by Alexander Davidson.

Meanwhile batsman Tom Cooper has earned a recall after batting well in two Second XI games and could put pressure on Johann Myburgh and Jim Allenby for their places.

Somerset’s hosts today are one place above them with 17 more points from the same number of matches and an extra victory.

Looking ahead to today all-rounder Trego said: “It is always a hard game against Warwickshire so we have got to make sure that we are on it straight away. We have had some great games up there in recent years so we go up with fond memories of quality cricket matches where it is always a good pitch.”

Talking about Somerset’s recent good run Trego said: “Over the last six weeks our Championship cricket has been good overall. We have had a few blips but on the whole have played some good cricket and we are lying mid table at just over the half ways stage. If we can pick up at least a couple more good wins you never know what the end of the season might bring, so we will look to capitalize on the few bowlers that they are down on and see if we can get a positive result.”

Somerset will choose their final line up from the following squad: Marcus Trescothick (Captain), Tom Abell, Johann Myburgh, James Hildreth, Jim Allenby, Tom Cooper, Peter Trego, Craig Overton, Michael Bates (wk), Tim Groenewald, Abdur Rehman, Alfonso Thomas and Jamie Overton