Somerset knew as August turned into September that, at Headingley, nothing short of perfection was required if they were to complete a Championship and T20 double. While the former seemed an increasingly distant possibility the latter was very much on the cards as three second division teams filled the other semi-final places on Finals Day. Somerset’s first championship game … [Read more...] about September ’18: The Dashing of Dreams
By the end of August Somerset could honestly have done no more. Across the T20 and Championship they had played 9 and won 8. The 1 was, you’ve guessed it, in controversial circumstances, at Canterbury so we can all agree doesn’t count, although you have to ask when will the cricketing Gods wake up and realign our fortunes against those Kentish boys. From a position in the … [Read more...] about August ’18: High Hopes and Great Expectations
Having ended June on a very down note Somerset desperately needed to bounce back but frustratingly the structure of the 2018 season meant that we would have to wait until the 22nd of July to resume Championship action. In the meantime, 4 T20 Blast fixtures spread over the next 19 days were the matter in hand. While this is a review of the season I think this is an … [Read more...] about July ’18: T20 Starts as Surrey Open Gap in The Championship
Late last week one of those moments all cricket-lovers wait for in the long winter months took place. As the last of the floodlights were being installed at the County Ground, Tom Abell, Dom Bess and Peter Trego were selected for the trip to Dubai to face Surrey from 24th March. For Tom Abell, overlooked for the Lions squads over the winter, this is a clear indication that … [Read more...] about What Does MCC Selection Do for Somerset’s 2019 Season?
Writing these season reviews has emphasised to me how a different perspective changes so much. Usually the shift is a time one. Looking back on a particular game, a month or a season when you know the outcome fundamentally changes the view of that particular event, even when, in this I had planned ahead and kept a decent diary of the season day by day. For me however, June … [Read more...] about June ‘18: Somerset, Surrey and San Francisco Sunshine