Match Preview: Somerset v Hampshire Hawks, Vitality Blast

A 13-player squad has been named for the Hawks’ opening 2023 Vitality Blast match against Somerset at The Cooper Associates County Ground

Somerset v Hawks
Vitality Blast
Wednesday 24th May (7pm Start)
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Hampshire Hawks begin their Vitality Blast title defence with a trip to The Cooper Associates County Ground to take on Somerset.

The two sides have met six times in the past two years, facing off in the semi-finals at Edgbaston in back-to-back seasons. The Hawks won on Finals Day last year on their way to a third T20 trophy.

In their last trip to Taunton, James Vince made his career best T20 score (129*) as the Hawks secured a 14-run victory.

Hampshire Squad

The Hawks have named a 13-player squad for the match on Thursday night.

Overseas stars Ben McDermott and Nathan Ellis have rejoined the squad from last year.

Brad Wheal will miss the competition due to a stress fracture, while Benny Howell is still recovering froma calf injury.

Full Hampshire Squad

James Vince (14) Captain

Toby Albert (15)

Mason Crane (32)

Scott Currie (44)

Liam Dawson (8)

Nathan Ellis (72)

James Fuller (26)

Ben McDermott (28)

Tom Prest (24)

John Turner (6)

Joe Weatherley (5)

Ross Whiteley (4)

Chris Wood (25)



2022 Season In Numbers


Hampshire’s record in Vitality Blast v Somerset

P: 24, W: 9, T: 1, L: 14

Last 5 meetings:


Tickets for the Hawks’ match against Somerset on Wednesday are available by clicking here.


The match is live on Sky Sports Cricket, and thus won't be streamed.

Both the Hampshire Cricket App and will also host a live match centre with scorecard, statistics and insight available throughout the match.

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