Somerset travel to Essex for Friday’s T20 Match
The Somerset squad departed from the County Ground on Thursday afternoon heading for Chelmsford where they will face Essex in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday evening.
Whilst Somerset have lost their only match so far when they were beaten by Sussex at Taunton last Friday, their hosts have played four games already and only won one of them.
Somerset will be boosted by the addition of International T20 Superstar Chris Gayle to their line up, who will be making his debut for the Club at the Ford County Ground in Chelmsford.
Looking forward to Friday’s match Jim Allenby, who top scored for Somerset last week said: “I am certainly looking forward to batting at Chelmsford but not to bowling! There is a great atmosphere there and they really do T20 well, almost as well as we do at Taunton.
“There will be a good crowd with good pitches and some entertaining cricket. They are probably second or third best at hosting it- obviously we are best, but no I can’t wait to get there. It’s the one you mark in your calendar, batting at Essex.”
With Gayle coming into the team Allenby expects that he will drop down the order a bit to allow the big man to open in his place about which he said: “ I expect I will have to drop down because I know I am not going to replace him.
“I am happy to do that and used to doing that in T20′s when I was younger. Opening in T20 is great and it’s the best spot to bat, but we have probably got ten people who want to bat there. When Gayle goes back then hopefully I will go back up the order.
“We are going to be an entertaining side with Chris Gayle going our ranks, but that is what we want and what T20 is all about. Since I started playing T20 I have said it’s about winning but it is also about entertaining and Gayle is the best at doing that and Somerset favourite Pete Trego isn’t far behind him.
Jim went on: “If the rest of us do our jobs then we are not only going to be entertaining but hard to beat as well so it is looking quite positive for us for the rest of the tournament.”
Looking ahead to the match DOC Matt Maynard said : “It can be quite a fortress up at Chelmsford with the support that they get but it is our job to silence them and with their recent results they are in a must win situation which is a bit of added pressure on them.
Matt added: “They are a strong chasing side but if the wicket looks good then we will make a call. Batting first up there won’t scare us and if our guys come off then we will get an above score on that wicket and we have got the bowling attack to defend.”
The Somerset squad which has travelled to Essex is – Alfonso Thomas (capt) Jim Allenby, Tom Cooper, Chris Gayle, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Jamie Overton, Sohail Tanvir, Pete Trego, Marcus Trescothick and Max Waller.