Excitement among Somerset fans is at fever-pitch following Gayle’s incredible innings of 92 at Chelmsford last night (Friday), which managed to silence the Essex faithful and set up a dramatic last-ball win for the West Country side.
Gayle struck six maximums at the ground dubbed ‘Fortress Chelmsford’, dispatching some of the biggest sixes observers had ever seen at the Essex headquarters.
Now Somerset fans are hoping for a repeat performance tomorrow afternoon against group leaders Kent in front of a full house at Taunton.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “We were delighted to get over the line at Chelmsford last night. We have had two last-ball games which is T20 cricket, but it was great to get our first win.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow, Maynard said: “Kent are top of the table at the moment and are a dangerous side who are playing very well. The fact that they have got no overseas players means that there is no expectations on them apart from what they expect of themselves.
“They are a very young side who have got a lot of ability to play freely so we have got to be on the top of our game on Sunday. We have got to respect them and will have to play some good cricket to beat them.”
Matt talked about the presence of Chris Gayle in the team: “The three home games that Chris will be playing for us are all sold out which says it all. That’s the effect he has wherever he goes and he draws the crowds in. If he produces an innings like he did last night then everyone will be very happy!”
In addition to the XI that played at Chelmsford, both Tim Groenewald and Johann Myburgh have been added to the Somerset squad for tomorrow which is – Alfonso Thomas (captain), Jim Allenby, Tom Cooper, Chris Gayle, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Jamie Overton, Sohail Tanveer, Pete Trego, Marcus Trescothick and Max Waller.