Somerset’s overseas replacement for Matt Renshaw is experienced Pakistan opener Azhar Ali, one of the world’s top batsmen. He has a compact technique, built around getting behind the line of each delivery. He averages 45 in test cricket and certainly knows how to knuckle down and play a long innings, with 14 test centuries and a strike rate of 42. First class cricket is his … [Read more...] about Azhar Ali to join the Somerset cause
Somerset’s Q&A sessions are always a valuable source of information from the club; the latest one contained a few useful titbits. Andy Hurry began with a review of the season so far – he was obviously very pleased with how Somerset won their opening two County Championship matches, and showed resilience to draw with Lancashire. There was of course disappointment that the … [Read more...] about Q&A feedback
Well we didn’t need that, did we? Just a couple weeks on from Lee Cooper’s announcement that he’s stepping down, Somerset’s new overseas signing has been accused of ball tampering. Cue the outrage and the calls for him to be sacked, banned, thrown in the gulag etc. It’s pretty clear that Bancroft has done a bad thing – he broke the laws of cricket. Not only that, but … [Read more...] about Should Somerset terminate Bancroft’s contract?
After two years of failure in the t20 Blast – in which they finished 8th and 9th, winning just seven out of 25 completed games – Somerset made progress this year, scraping through to the quarter-finals on net run rate before falling to an expert Notts side. It was an unusual South Group – a number of no results and the lack of any particularly strong or weak teams meant the … [Read more...] about Somerset t20 Blast review: “Progress, but not there yet”
Since reaching three consecutive finals between 2009 and 2011, Somerset’s t20 side has been in decline. In 2012, the cider county reached finals day but lost to Hampshire in the semi-final. The following year, Surrey defeated us in the quarter-final. In 2014, we didn’t even make the knockout stages, finishing fifth in the South Group. Last year we won just four games all … [Read more...] about Somerset can have a t20 blast in 2016 by Dan Kingdom