Royal London Cup preview: Somerset v Sussex Sharks


Royal London Cup preview: Somerset v Sussex Sharks


Somerset take on Sussex Sharks at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Royal London Cup tomorrow (August 19).

Play is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and doors will open at 12 p.m.

During this match, we will be hosting a special beer and cider festival for members and ticket holders.

The event will feature:

  • Over 50 different local beers and ciders
  • Live music from outstanding local artists
  • Special dining options tailored to the fan village

Tickets for our Royal London Cup home matches are now available!


Tickets cost £26 in advance for adults and £5.50 for juniors.


The gates to James Street and the Fan Village will open at noon for the Beer and Cider Festival. All other areas of the Cooper Associates County Ground will remain closed until 1 p.m.

Ticket buyers can print and download their tickets online through their SCCC account.

All collections of tickets or memberships will be at Jack White Gates (St James Street).

The Club Inquiries Desk will be based at the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion reception and not the Andrew Caddick Pavilion on match days.


You can keep up to date using our dedicated correspondence center via this website and on our Twitter to feed.

A live stream will also be available for fans to watch via this website and our YouTube channel.

In addition to this, a report on the day’s play as well as quotes will be displayed after the close.


The two teams have met 65 times in List A cricket. Somerset have won 31 of those matches, Sussex have won 33 and one match ended in a draw.

Somerset’s highest team total is 377 for nine at Hove in 2003, while for Sussex it is 341 for seven at Taunton in 2018.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 177 by Jimmy Cook at Hove in 1990, while for Sussex it is 137 by Matt Prior at Arundel in 2008.

The best bowling return for Somerset in List A games between the two teams is five for 34 by Geoff Hall at Taunton in 1964, while for Sussex it is five for 36 by Yasir Arafat at Taunton in 2014.

The last time the two sides met in List A cricket was at Hove in 2019. It was a game Somerset won by 68 runs (D/L method).

Sussex won the coin toss and elected on the field.

James Hildreth scored in the lead with 81, while Azhar Ali (68) and Lewis Gregory (50) also went half a century as the visitors posted a combined 283 for eight of their 50 overs.

Sussex’s response had reached 62 for four after 16.3 overs, but the rain came. No further action was possible and when play was halted the hosts needed to have scored 131 points to win.


George Scott has joined the club on loan from Gloucestershire and is available for selection, but Sonny Baker has been called up by Southern Brave. Somerset will also be without Ben Green (thigh), Peter Siddle (back) and Ned Leonard (back).

Matt Renshaw will once again be team captain.

Somerset have named the following team for this game: Matt Renshaw (c), Kasey Aldridge, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Lewis Goldsworthy, Jack Harding, Alfie Ogborne, James Rew, Ollie Sale, George Scott, Josh Thomas and Andrew Umed.


Ahead of the match, Royal London Cup head coach Paul Tweddle said: “The support we have received from members and supporters throughout this tournament has been first class and the players are desperate to put on a good performance and get that win. in front of a very special crowd.

“We know how much this competition means to everyone, and I can assure you it means a lot to the players as well.

“Being without a number of players who started competing for us is a bit frustrating, but it does provide opportunities for some of the younger guys to come and show what they can do on the big stage.”


If you’re coming to the game, all the information you need can be found on our comprehensive matchday information page.

This covers everything from planning your trip to where you eat when you get here.


Somerset County Cricket Club would like members and ticket holders to join us tomorrow (Friday) and show your appreciation as Somerset legend James Hildreth, who recently announced his retirement from the game.

James will be joined by his immediate family and will proceed to the field where he will receive a guard of honor at approximately 1:45 p.m.


As part of our special beer and cider festival, we will offer you live music in the Fan Village:

Karl Ficarotta is a veteran singer-songwriter from Taunton, with many years of entertaining across the UK behind him. Well known for its eclectic mix of covers and its own hardware, it’s sure to leave you with a smile on your face.

Stevie began performing in theaters. His love for the arts remains, bringing a theatrical sound to his music.

She performs a wide range of covers as well as originals exploring the darker sides of love and life.

You can see more of Stevie on YouTube.


As part of the day, Somerset County Cricket Club will help support Cooper Associates who are running a very special charity challenge.

The staff of Cooper Associates, our soil naming rights partner, raise money for the Cooper Associates Foundation by cycling the distance from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in one day!

They will cycle in a stint at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Friday’s Royal London Cup clash against Sussex Sharks.

Cooper Associates are looking to raise at least £5,000 which will allow them to fund a number of good causes that are in dire need of support.

Be sure to donate to this worthy cause through their Just Giving page or by using a unique QR code, which will be shared on the day.

The Cooper Associates Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Cooper Associates Group, supporting charities associated with the Cooper Associates community. All funds raised from this challenge will support a number of charities and good causes within the local community.


The Showtime Bar, which is located on the Priory Bridge Road side, will operate a priority queuing system, which will allow SCCC members to be served more quickly and efficiently.


Construction work is nearing completion on Gimblett’s Hill.

The project was undertaken to improve accessibility on game days, while retaining the history and character of one of the most popular parts of the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Part of this area will be available during the match but priority will be given to Members and supporters with additional needs.


Somerset’s next match is on Tuesday August 23 when we play Warwickshire at Edgbaston in the Royal London Cup.


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