Somerset v Durham - Match Preview

Somerset v Durham - Match Preview

Somerset v Durham - Match Preview

Paul Collingwood and Marcus Trescothick (photo:Ian Horrocks)

Less than a month after the two sides met in the North-East, Durham make the long trip to face Somerset at Taunton on Monday (11am start)

Jon Lewis' team make the 327 mile journey to the West Country fresh from a victory in the first NatWest T20 Blast game of the season.

A sparkling debut knock of 80* from Calum MacLeod and a fine all-round contribution from Paul Collingwood ensured a winning start for the newly-named Durham Jets.

Victories in the LV=County Championship have been harder to come by however, with the county champions drawing all four of their games so far this season. The smart money is on another draw against Somerset too, as Taunton has lived up to it's reputation as a batsmen's paradise in 2014.

Only 24 wickets fell in the game with Yorkshire and just 23 were taken as Marcus Trescothick's men drew with Nottinghamshire. That result leaves Somerset 6th in the table, with Durham just two places and nine points behind.  

Last season, after flirting with relegation, Trescothick's talented side eventually recovered to finish 6th. They re-shaped their coaching structure during the close season and recruited Johann Myburgh, who had a spell with Durham last season. One notable departure was Jos Buttler, who left to join Lancashire.

We'll have daily reports from the match here on and you can also receive regular updates by following our Twitter account @DurhamCricket

Ticket details:
You can purchase tickets online here. The price is £13 for adults and £1 for children, with an additional £1.50 transaction fee.

Last County Championship meeting:
Sunday 20th - Wednesday 23rd April 2014 - Match Drawn

Durham 1st innings 308 all out (Jennings 80)
Somerset 1st innings 185 all out (Wright 87)
Durham 2nd innings 213-9 declared (Collingwood 52*)
Somerset 2nd innings 246-4 (Compton 100*, Kieswetter 78*).

A word from the away camp:
Paul Collingwood, Durham Captain: "We'll have to wait and see what the conditions are like down there, it's usually a pretty good batting wicket but we've got to find ways to try to put them under pressure and take 20 wickets"

Did you know?
Despite an unbeaten start and a strong batting line-up, Somerset do not have any players in the list of top 20 Championship run scorers this season. Durham have two - Michael Richardson has scored 370 runs at an average of over 50, and Keaton Jennings has also contributed 272 runs, which has included three half-centuries.

Team News:
Head Coach Jon Lewis is without the injured Graham Onions for this game after the seam bowler injured his back in the draw at Sussex. Scan results were positive though, and the 31 year old's absence isn't expected to be long term. Jamie Harrison has recovered from a foot problem and returns to the squad, whilst Ben Stokes played for the academy side over the weekend but won't feature against Somerset.

Durham squad:
Keaton Jennings 1
Mark Stoneman 23
Scott Borthwick 16
Michael Richardson 18
Paul Collingwood 5 *
Phil Mustard 19 +
Usman Arshad 78
Mark Wood 33
Chris Rushworth 22
Jamie Harrison 13
Gavin Main 20
Ryan Pringle 17
Gordon Muchall 24