Congratulations to young all-rounder Lewis Gregory who has won The Incider’s player of the month award for April, the first ever monthly award for our site, which is in association with Somerset County Sports who are based at the County Ground.
Incider readers were asked to vote for their player of the month and Lewis was the emphatic winner, collecting 90% of the votes.
Lewis played in all three of Somerset’s LV=CC games in April contributing in each. In the first game of the season, a home game against Yorkshire, Lewis scored 69 batting at number 8 helping his team to 553 all out in a match that ended up drawn.
And he helped Somerset to a first win of the season at Sussex with a great all-round performance hitting 47 runs batting at number 11 in Somerset’s 372 all out before taking 5 for 49 and 4 for 48 to skittle the home team out for a combined 361 runs in both their innings to lead Somerset to an innings victory.
Lewis was handed a bottle of champagne by Steve Jennings of The Incider (left) and Richard Brice of Somerset County Sports.
After the presentation on the pitch at Taunton Lewis spoke exclusively to The Incider.
April had been a really good month with several great contributions but did any one performance stand out for him? He said: “I think the Sussex game. Not just from a personal view, although personally it went very well and I scored some runs, but as a team as we had made a good start to the season and in that game we came together as a team.”
“I think the mentality the team has at the moment is to keep plugging away and keep making things happen and the game can change very quickly. As we saw in the last game when ‘Fonsie’ took the four (wickets) in four balls.
“We have dug in, battled hard and had tail end runs that have got us out of sticky situations.”
Lewis’s excellent start this season is in contrast to last season when injuries and a loss of form meant he was out of the team and went back to club Cricket in Devon to get some games. They say you learn more about yourself when the chips are down so what did he learn from the disappointing start?
“It wasn’t going to plan. I got injured in a one day game and found myself playing club and second team Cricket. But you got to keep plugging away, keep practicing and keep doing your thing. I worked hard with Jason (Kerr) in the second team developing my skills and I felt an opportunity was not too far away as I was bowling OK.”
Lewis worked hard and when the opportunity did arise he put in some solid performances so did he actually want last season to end?
“Probably not. It was great to finish the season playing some ‘champo Cricket’ and to get the fivefer at Lords was a highlight.
“It was fantastic for me but also for the team to get a big win there and push our case for first division survival and we did that. That game gave me confidence and acted as a catalyst for the start of this season.”
And how is the fitness developing?
“I reckon I am about one week away from playing again so the rehab has gone well. I am hoping to play the 2nd XI game against Essex away so soon be back.”
So what are the aspirations for the rest of the season and did Lewis have a message for the Somerset supporters who voted for him?
“As a team it is the holy grail of winning the County Championship, that would be amazing. Thank you for voting and I hope to keep my form going until the end of the season.”
And so do we Lewis.
Thanks to Somerset County Sports for their support. Visit them at the County Ground or on the web at http://www.somerset-countysports.com/