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 pitch died against Hampshire and we were unable to force the win. But the implication was there that we are ‘executing our skills’, to use classic coach speak, more consistently than under Matt Maynard.
Hurry was also happy with Somerset’s start in the One-Day Cup, but cited inconsistency between games three and seven as the reason we were eliminated. He mentioned that some of the back-up bowling hadn’t been good enough, but oddly did not mention the consistent failure to get off to a good start with the bat.
From here the floor was opened to questions from members. Inevitably the 50 over opening combination was mentioned; Hurry said that a move up the order for Renshaw was discussed. He also clarified that the Australian’s absence from the opening two one-day matches was partly due to his career 50-over record, and partly the desire to give Tom Banton a deserved run of games. Despite not making any particularly notable scores, Hurry said that the young Somerset ‘keeper has learned a lot from his run in the side and he knows what he needs to work on.
Renshaw’s Australia A call-up did come as a surprise, but Hurry said that talks are ongoing with potential replacements. Renshaw’s last game is not clear – based on his original contract, one would assume he will play the Essex Championship game at Chelmsford before leaving but in a recent interview he implied that he will play the Worcs match too.
One member asked the question ‘does Peter Trego have a red-ball contract?’ Hurry simply replied ‘yes’ before later elaborating that he was in contention for the current Notts match. He has certainly not been forgotten in terms of County Championship cricket.
The question of Somerset’s second t20 overseas player was deadpanned with the much-repeated ‘we’ll see if anyone comes up who meets the team’s needs’ line. Hurry is certainly in no rush and may well only sign someone if injuries arise.
Lewis Gregory’s contract situation was brought up – Somerset have offered him a contract but he is going to listen to other counties’ offers before meeting with Hurry and talking through his options. Hurry was keen to imply that Gregory is just going to see what they say; no decisions have been made either way and it would be unwise to discern that he is off.