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CB40 about to get under way

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James Hildreth

James Hildreth is excited about the first CB40 game of the season at the Kia Oval

Everyone at Somerset is really excited about tonight's Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Surrey.

It's a great first game for us being a repeat of last year's final, which Surrey won, and it's on Sky too.

We will be taking a young team to the Kia Oval and it's a good chance for them to show what they are about. It's also an opportunity for Somerset supporters to see what the future looks like in terms of our young players.

That they are being given a chance tonight is mainly due to some unexpected injuries to the likes of Marcus Trescothick, Steve Kirby and Gemaal Hussain.

Tres being out means that I will be captain, which is always a challenge - especially in one-day games.

I have captained limited-overs games before but you really notice the difference compared to championship matches. The pace of the game is so much quicker, there is the restriction on overs, fielders being outside the circle, powerplays - there is a lot to think about.

You don't get much time to think about your own game.

I am expecting a tough game tonight. Surrey have some good players - a mix of both young and experienced. We are going to have to be at our best to beat them.

We want to win every competition we enter and that includes the CB40. We want to start well, get to the top of the division and let the other teams chase us.

We've been to the previous two finals so we know what needs to be done in terms of reaching Lord's. We have performed well in this format in the past and are pretty confident in the processes we use in this competition.

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