What a week it was last week to be a Somerset supporter. I wasn’t one of the privileged few who were able to cheer the boys on against Yorkshire in Leeds but followed pretty much every minute of play via the radio and internet and felt justifiably proud of the team who gave the two-times Champions a thumping in their own back yard. It was emphatic and arguably the best ever performance by a Somerset team, certainly the best I can remember in the forty or so years I have been supporting the club.
That win keeps Somerset in third place in the table on 203 points with one game to go against already relegated Notts at Taunton. Yorkshire are one place and one point above Somerset and they play leaders Middlesex at Lords who have 213 points.
I said to Charlie Taylor on BBC Somerset before the Yorkshire game that the boys could play the last two games without fear, and that is most definitely what happened at Headingley and they must repeat that this week against Notts. The team cannot determine what happens at the home of Cricket and can only concentrate their efforts on winning their game and I am sure that is what Matt Maynard will be telling them going into the start of the game on Tuesday.
Somerset know they have the ability to beat Notts; the team are playing with a lot of confidence and swagger at the moment and will go for their opponents from the first delivery, but they will have to show the same determination and patience throughout the four days, something they have done very well of late.
I just wonder how Middlesex and Yorkshire will go into their encounter. First and foremost neither side will want to lose this important game and I sense a bit of cat-and-mouse in the early stages and a large amount of nerves on show. If either or both sides apply caution in their batting and bowling then vital points may be lost which would be vital to their cause when the final tally is being counted come Friday evening.
Somerset cannot rely on that of course and the focus will be on beating Nottinghamshire, something they managed at Trent Bridge earlier this season by 10 wickets. Marcus Trescothick scored a wonderful 218 in the first innings of that game before leading Somerset home with 37 not out in the second. A similar result would be just the ticket.