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Match Preview: Somerset v Lancashire

Match Preview: Somerset v Lancashire

Ashley Giles has urged his players to keep their feet on the ground after the winning start to the new season against Nottinghamshire recently.

Lancashire travel to Taunton on Sunday for their second Specsavers County Championship match of 2016, against a Somerset side who have drawn their opening two Division One matches.

Squad: Steven Croft (captain), James Anderson, Tom Bailey, Karl Brown, Alex Davies (wicketkeeper), Haseeb Hameed, Kyle Jarvis, Simon Kerrigan, Liam Livingstone, Alviro Petersen, Luke Procter, Neil Wagner

Giles knows that if the Red Rose do the simple things well, they will be tough to beat, and his thoughts have been echoed by new ball seamer Jimmy Anderson, who continues to be available prior to next month’s Test series between England and Sri Lanka.

“When we go there we just have to remember what we have done – do the simple things well and not get carried away. We have to pick our moments to attack,” said Giles, Lancashire’s cricket director and head coach. 

“Somerset are a good side, they are all good sides in Division One. But if we repeat what we did, we will be difficult to beat.”

This will be Somerset’s first home match of the campaign following winter drainage work done at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

They have drawn weather-affected matches against Durham and Surrey, showing enough to demonstrate they will be a tough proposition for a buoyant Red Rose outfit, who beat Notts before lunch on day four midway through last week.

Marcus Trescothick is in good form for Somerset after scoring a century against Surrey this week, while the hosts will be captained by Anderson’s old Ashes adversary Chris Rogers.

Anderson took an impressive 3-29 from 22.5 overs in the second innings against Notts, providing excellent support for eleven-wicket debutant Neil Wagner.

“It will be tough, but we know what we are going to come up against,” said the England ace.

“It’s a flat wicket at Taunton with a small boundary, and it is a quick scoring ground. So we are going to have to be prepared for that and find a way to get a win.

“Marcus Trescothick is still a class act, and their batting is probably their strength.

“If we bowl like we did against Nottinghamshire, though, we will have a great chance of winning the game.”

Lancashire’s Alviro Petersen will return to Taunton for the first time since leaving Somerset at the end of the 2014 after two seasons as their overseas player.

 

Match Facts:

  • The last four encounters between these counties have ended in a draw.
  • Lancashire have managed to avoid defeat in 10 of their last 11 visits to Somerset (W4 D6).
  • Somerset are currently on a five-game unbeaten streak; four of those matches were drawn however.
  • Neil Wagner comes into this game having taken 11 wickets for Lancashire on debut; the first time he'd ever taken that many in a first-class match.
  • Marcus Trescothick (Somerset) needs one more century to reach 60 in first-class cricket.

 Squad: Steven Croft (captain), James Anderson, Tom Bailey, Karl Brown, Alex Davies (wicketkeeper), Haseeb Hameed, Kyle Jarvis, Simon Kerrigan, Liam Livingstone, Alviro Petersen, Luke Procter, Neil Wagner

 

You can listen to commentary of the game courtesy of the BBC by visiting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/cricket/35873176

 
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