PREVIEW: Somerset v Lancashire
Match Preview: Somerset CCC v Lancashire CCC, Specsavers County Championship
Lancashire remain in the hunt for the Specsavers County Championship title with three matches left to play, starting against Somerset at Taunton tomorrow.
The second-placed Red Rose travel to face the relegation-threatened Cidermen knowing they have very little wriggle room.
They are 36 points behind leaders Essex having been unable to make any ground on them during last week’s rain ruined draw at Emirates Old Trafford.
Somerset beat bottom side Warwickshire at Edgbaston to breathe life into their battle to beat the drop.
Lancashire will be without Jos Buttler against his former county because of England limited overs duty against the West Indies this weekend.
In-form Alex Davies will therefore regain the wicketkeeping gloves having been rested from the role in the clash with Essex.
This match is played over exactly the same dates, September 12-15, as the 2011 clash between these two sides at Taunton. And we all know what happened that year!
Fingers crossed for another title this season, even if it is a long shot.
Somerset v Lancashire
Tuesday 12 – Friday 15 September
Cooper Associates County Ground
Somerset went so close to winning their maiden Championship title last year, finishing second behind Middlesex.
Unfortunately for them, they endured a nightmare start to this year’s campaign, losing four of their first six matches, including against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford in late April.
But they have only lost one of their last five matches, winning two of them, to give them renewed home of Division One cricket next season.
They beat Warwickshire at Edgbaston last week by 169 runs, with Marcus Trescothick scoring a second-innings century and Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald both taking five-wicket hauls.
Somerset now sit 13 points adrift of safety, with Middlesex and Yorkshire on level points directly above them.
LAST TIME OUT
Lancashire bounced back superbly from being bowled out for 109 in their first innings, with Craig Overton taking five wickets and Liam Livingstone starting a memorable debut as stand-in captain with 68.
South African Dean Elgar carried his bat for 113 not out in reply as the visitors posted 278, including four wickets for compatriot Ryan McLaren.
Then came the remarkable turnaround.
Livingstone and opener Alex Davies shared a third-wicket partnership of 245 and both hit centuries as Lancashire recovered from 23-2 to post 463.
Davies hit 130 and Livingstone 168 to set a target of 295 during the fourth morning.
McLaren claimed four more wickets as Somerset were bowled out for just 130, handing Lancashire their first win at the third attempt this season.
WHAT THEY SAID
“If we’re honest, we need the game between Essex and Warwickshire to go our way,” said coach Glen Chapple, a hero with the ball at Taunton in 2011.
“It’s our responsibility to win our game. If that happened (and Warwickshire won), it would be a very exciting end to the season.
“Our job is to just continue the cricket we’re playing and make sure we go right to the end of the season playing tough, quality cricket.”
Take a look through the other fixtures in the next round of the Specsavers County Championship
- Middlesex v Hampshire, Uxbridge Cricket Ground
- Warwickshire v Essex, Edgbaston
- Surrey v Yorkshire, The Kia Oval
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