Sky Sports has announced the schedule for its live coverage of domestic and international cricket in 2015 and Somerset will feature four times in the t20 competition initially, including three away games.
The broadcaster starts the domestic coverage on Friday 15th May with a NatWest t20 Blast game featuring Notts Outlaws and last season’s winners the Birmingham Bears at Trent Bridge.
Somerset will first feature about one month into the campaign when they visit Cardiff to play Glamorgan on Saturday 13th June with Somerset’s Jim Allenby and Glamorgan’s on loan Craig Meschede both facing old pals. The Somerset boys will be back on TV six days later at Bristol on Friday 19th June. The return game against Glamorgan will be shown on Sunday 28th June – with Chris Gayle likely to be playing for Somerset – and the cider county’s last scheduled live game will be at Canterbury on Friday 10th July when Kent Spitfires will be the hosts.
There are two games scheduled to be shown on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July to finish off the group stages but these games will be announced nearer the conclusion. Somerset are due to complete their group campaign on the Friday at home to Nick Compton’s Middlesex so let’s hope that game is considered by Sky as it will most likely mean Somerset have a chance of progressing to the quarter-final’s.
There are six Royal London One Day Cup group games scheduled to be shown on Sky with the first on Saturday 25th July when Northants Steelbacks host 2014 winners Durham. Somerset launch their campaign on the following day with a home game against Derbyshire but will not feature on TV in the group stages unless selected for the as yet unannounced final group game on Tuesday 18th August, when the cidermen are visiting Leicestershire. Somerset will feature if they progress to the quarter-final stage of course.
Sky will also show one game from the final LV= CC games starting Tuesday 22nd September and chairman Andy Nash announced on Media Day that this game was most likely to be Somerset’s final game at home to Warwickshire with the new stand complete. This decision will most certainly be subject to the league table and will only be covered if either team are competing for the title or to stay in the top flight.
On the international front it will be a busy year with England playing New Zealand in two Test Matches, one t20 and five ODI’s before hosting the Australians in a five Test Ashes series. There will also be a further five ODI’s and one t20 against the Aussies too.
Sky will supplement this comprehensive schedule with coverage of the Women’s Ashes series which starts at Taunton with a one day international on Tuesday 21st July, the first of three ODI’s. There will be one Test Match and three t20 international’s to complete the series.
Future talent will be showcased on Monday 17th August when the England and Australia under-19 teams go head-to-head at the SWALEC in Cardiff.
It is set to be an exciting summer of cricket whether going to the grounds or watching from TV.
Somerset on TV:
- Sunday 13th June v Glamorgan (A) NatWest t20 Blast
- Friday 19th June v Gloucestershire (A) NatWest t20 Blast
- Sunday 28th June v Glamorgan (H) NatWest t20 Blast
- Friday 10th July v Kent (A) NatWest t20 Blast