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”
We all love a trip to the seaside, don’t we? This past week Somerset’s players took a little jaunt up north to delightful Scarborough by the sea and had a wonderful time. But this was no holiday – far from it – the west countrymen were seeking a first win in the Specsavers County Championship after seven games that had yielded four defeats and three draws. Second from bottom, … [Read more...] about Tykes beaten as Craig issues the perfect response
Honesty doesn’t come with frills. You can wrap it in bows and shower it with sweet smelling perfume but it can still look and smell bad. And the truth is that Somerset has failed to deliver in the past two seasons of T20 cricket and have been – without shadow of a doubt – the poorest team in the southern group. Under Matt Maynard’s tenure as Director of Cricket the cider … [Read more...] about Time for Maynard’s men to deliver T20 promise
The simple answer is yes. At this point last year I would have said no. Flat pitches at home, an inconsistent side, and slow starts to the season put this out of reach, as well as a weak mental approach. However, the arrival of Chris Rogers changed the team, with his approach strengthening the side’s mentality, as well as getting results pitches produced at the Cooper … [Read more...] about Can Somerset win the County Championship?
If you look through the annals’ of Somerset County Cricket Club, as I so often do, then you cannot fail to note one striking consistency that has plagued the county’s history since it’s conception way back in 1875 when it was decided after a game at Sidmouth that Somerset should have their own county club. Money. Or, to elaborate, a complete lack of it. There are plenty of … [Read more...] about Guy Lavender’s legacy