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
Yet again changes are afoot in the county game. Since the new millennium, we’ve seen the Twenty20 Cup replace the Benson & Hedges Cup and grow from 5 games per team to 8, to 10, to 16, back to 10 then up again to 14. It was originally in a block but is now spread throughout the season. In 2006, the C&G Trophy switched to a league format having been a knockout … [Read more...] about Another new structure for county cricket – but will it work? by Daniel Kingdom
For the third consecutive season, Somerset finished sixth in the County Championship in 2015, and for the second time of those three the cider county escaped relegation in the final match. As discussed in a previous article, it was poor batting that was the chief reason for this – too many collapses and not enough runs on the board for the bowlers to bowl at. That is not to … [Read more...] about Take Five: Somerset’s bowling in 2015 by Dan Kingdom