Somerset v Middlesex Preview
Somerset will be looking for an improved performance when we host Middlesex in the LV= County Championship First Division match which starts on Sunday at 11am at the County Ground in Taunton.
In the opening match of their four-day campaign Somerset were beaten by seven wickets with a day to spare, yet it could have been a very different story.
Looking ahead to the Middlesex game Club Captain Marcus Trescothick said: “Our first plans are to improve on the way that we played in the Durham game where we did some good things for a short period of time but we couldn’t sustain them and push for a victory. We started off well but we didn’t maintain it for the whole game, so our aim is to improve on what we did last week.”
Marcus continued: “We are very disappointed and didn’t perform up the standards we wanted to and expect of ourselves, however as a team unit we are in a very good place. This is really encouraging and it is what helps to get you through the tougher times. However, this counts for nothing unless you put in the better performances to match up to the hunger and desire over the four days.”
The Middlesex side will include Nick Compton who returned to the London based county after five seasons at Taunton about which Marcus said: “It is going to be a tough game against Middlesex as they have some quality players including of course Nick Compton who will be returning to play against us for the first time.”
Matt Maynard the Director of Cricket at the Club said: “The Durham game was a tough one for us and the result is still hurting but now we have got an opportunity to put that right. I thought that we did a lot of good things and we mustn’t forget that and there were a lot of positives to take away from the game. However, we couldn’t sustain them for long enough so we have got to put a performance together for the next game and beyond.”
The DOC added: “We have done some very good prep work and both our batsmen and bowlers know what we want from them. It has worked really well with the full squad over the last few days and we have got a final practice on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s game so we are really looking forward to it.”
Somerset have added Tom Abell and Alfonso Thomas to the team that played in the Durham game two weeks ago and will choose their side from the following squad: Marcus Trescothick (capt), Tom Abell, Jim Allenby, Alex Barrow, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Jamie Overton, Abdur Rehman, Alfonso Thomas and Peter Trego,