Worcestershire defeat a “wake-up call” – Maynard

Director of Cricket Matt Maynard. Photograph by Alexander Davidson
Director of Cricket Matt Maynard. Photograph by Alexander Davidson

Somerset’s crushing loss to Worcestershire in two and a half days was a “wake-up call” for the players, Director of Cricket Matthew Maynard said today.

Speaking to BBC Radio Somerset’s Emma Britton, Maynard said the players were working hard to turn things round following a worrying start to the season, which sees them lying at the bottom of the division one table after three defeats.

“We played some good cricket in the games against Durham and Middlesex and failed to seize our advantage in both and that cost us with the results,” said Maynard.

“In the Worcester game we were just under par. We had Alfonso Thomas coming back into the side and the very promising Craig Overton coming back into the side and maybe it was a little bit of complacency [that] crept in. Worcestershire executed their skills better than we did and fully deserved the win.”

Maynard denied that other sides in the division were better than Somerset, citing confidence as the key issue.

“It boils down at the end of the day to a bit of confidence,” said the former Glamorgan and England batsman.

“We’ve only got one batsmen who’s in consistent form and that’s James Hildreth who’s playing as well as ever. But we haven’t been consistent through that middle order, five, six, seven, eight. We haven’t got the runs from there and we’ve got a lot of work to put that right and hopefully we can start that against New Zealand [this weekend].

Matt head“I wouldn’t push the panic button quite yet. But we know that we need to improve our performance. We need to match the performance that we put in against Middlesex on a more consistent basis.

“That was a good team performance. Unfortunately we lost Jamie Overton to injury which nullified our attack in the fourth innings of the game and they put on a 200-run partnership which effectively won the game for them.

“But cricket is a funny game in that it can turn round very quickly. The guys are working hard, we’ve got guys coming in to nets today, they’re very keen to turn it around. I think the game against Worcester was a bit of a wake-up call all-round.”

Asked by Emma Britton whether he was too nice and needed to give the players a stern talking to, Maynard replied: “I think you have two different personas. You have your professional persona and your have your public persona which tends to be more like your normal self and if that’s what people say about me, I’m very grateful for that.

“But in the dressing room, I can be a completely different animal and I think you have to be at times; you can’t be too close to the players. But you can’t be too detached as well, because ultimately we are there to help the players and support the players as best as possible.

“In terms of throwing the toys out [of the pram], I’m not a big fan because when I’ve been in a dressing room as a player and a coach has done that, it actually doesn’t resonate. After a defeat as a player you’re absolutely gutted, for the coach then to add, those words are not very powerful. It’s better to wait, pick your moment, I believe, and then go for it.”

  • You can listen to Emma Britton’s full interview with Matt Maynard here: https://audioboom.com/boos/3155165-matt-maynard?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_somerset&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=english_regions – thanks to Emma for the link.