by Jeremy Blackmore
Somerset Seconds have qualified for the Second XI T20 Finals Day for the very first time.
They travel to the picturesque setting of Arundel Castle in Sussex today (Thursday 5th June) where they will join Lancashire, Hampshire and Leicestershire to battle it out for the title.
Lancashire and Leicestershire will contest the first semi-final in the morning, while we have been drawn to play Hampshire in the second match starting at 2.30pm.
Andrew Flintoff is likely to continue his comeback trail by appearing for Lancashire’s Second XI and will be a star attraction for spectators.
Looking ahead to Finals Day, Somerset Director of High Performance Andy Hurry, who is in charge of the Second XI, told the club website: “This group of players are incredibly proud at their achievement of qualifying for the Second XI T20 Finals Day for the first time in the club’s history.
“They have a huge amount of belief and confidence in themselves and this has shown in the way that they have played this format of the game all of this season.”
Andy went on: “They go into the Finals Day on the back of what they have achieved in the group stages and now they are there with the three other top teams from throughout the competition.
“It has been a regional competition up until now so we will be one of the four best teams in the country so this is very much an opportunity for us to find out exactly where we are in our own T20 game compared to the others around the country.”
He added: “It is going to be a tough ask for our boys, because there will be some quality performers there on the day so it will be a big challenge and chance to test ourselves both as individuals and a unit.”
Somerset will be represented by a young team at Arundel, but one which includes a number of players with plenty of experience.
Our 12-man squad comprises:
Chris Jones, Tom Abell, James Burke, Josh Davey, Alex Barrow, Max Waller, James Regan, Jack Leach, Nathan Roberts , Robbie Montgomery, Chris Skidmore, and Callum Stewart.
We wish the lads all the very best for Finals Day and congratulate them on a brilliant achievement in reaching the final four for the first time.