Somerset enter this 50-over campaign off the back of a mixed white ball season in 2018. A dominant group T20 campaign ending in real disappointment on finals day. In the 50-over format failure to qualify for the knock out, despite beating eventual winners Hampshire away in the last group game, was a big disappointment. With the experience of last year Somerset should be aiming … [Read more...] about Royal London OneDay Cup Preview – White Ball Lottery
For the last few years, Somerset have alternated between harrowing relegation battles and thrilling title fights in the County Championship. In 2013, 2015 and 2017, we were nearly relegated each time. In the intervening years, we finished second. There are many ways to describe how it feels to be a Somerset fan, but ‘relaxing’ is certainly not one of them. By this tenuous … [Read more...] about 2019 – The Talking Points So Far
Time, before the 50-over cup takes control of the schedule for the next month, to reflect on the first two weeks of action in the championship. Time to draw some real positives for Somerset fans. Pleasingly only one team has a 100% record after playing two games and for Somerset the manner of both victories gives great encouragement. The come from behind win against Kent … [Read more...] about Flying Under The Radar?
I was recently writing a short biog of Somerset’s 2001 campaign for another project I am working on. I started the piece by saying, ‘this was Somerset’s most successful, and arguably most satisfying season to date.’ The reason for such a profound statement was that the club had won a trophy for the first time in 16 years that summer by beating Leicestershire at Lords with Keith … [Read more...] about Time to emulate the spirit of ‘79
As it happens thoughts on the press conference Somerset are holding to open media day at the CACG from Steve Tancock. Andrew Cornish referring yet again to the preparation and squad's fitness levels compared to the (unnamed) other counties in Abu Dhabi. On that basis it narrows it down to Essex, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. No real surprise given Andy Hurry's background … [Read more...] about Media Day, pre-season press conference