Somerset v Yorkshire: Preview
Somerset will be hoping to notch up their second LV= County Championship Division One win of the season when they host Yorkshire at the County Ground starting on Sunday at 11am.
Buoyed by their recent emphatic three-day success over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge Somerset have now enjoyed the sweet taste of success and go into this game knowing that another victory will elevate into the top half of the table.
Jim Allenby, who joined Somerset from Glamorgan during the winter, made vital contributions with both bat and ball in the recent success to show just how useful a player he is to have in the line up. Looking forward to Sunday’s encounter Jim said: “It’s no secret that we needed a positive result which is what we got. Probably more importantly, however was the way we played which was more in the style that we are wanting to play.
“The three losses hurt us but the manner in which we lost was even more disappointing so to have gone up to Trent Bridge and played one of the toughest games we are going to have all the year and play in the manner that we did was exceptionally pleasing. For that to turn into a win as well just capped it off for us. That win gives us just a bit more confidence and belief in our game plan that we are now going to have to follow for the rest of the year.”
Talking about his own performance the all rounder said: “It was nice to do well personally and the game that I had in Nottingham was what I expect of myself every time I play. I have been really disappointed by my start and the manner and style I have played isn’t my natural way. To go up to Trent Bridge and have played more naturally, and for Marcus to give me a really good crack with the ball while it was still seaming and swinging was really nice because it really was a good bowling pitch. It was nice to be able to show him that I am capable of getting important wickets.
“Yes, it was a good game for me, but it is no more than I expect of myself and I know what I am capable of so that sort of game should be the norm rather than the exception for me for the rest of the season.”
Talking about performances Jim said: “There has been some good input from the younger players all through the year, in fact it has been some of us older guys who haven’t really performed as we should. Lewis Gregory has had a great season, Craig Overton had an unbelievable game at Notts to get 50 off 30 balls and six or seven wickets for the game.
“However it really was an all round performance and twice in the game four bowlers had all got two wickets each. In our first innings of 300 or so for the highest score to only be 60, most people got at least 20 or 30 so we spread it out. Even though Marcus didn’t get any runs, his catches in the second innings were something else.
“He took one of the best catches I have ever seen for an ‘old bloke’ and it was really nice to see how happy he was just to contribute in that way and his captaincy this week was first class. I’m sure he will have enjoyed the fact that he got so much right this week, despite his pair that we keep on telling him about!”
The victory was also Matt Maynard’s first taste of success since he took over as Director of Cricket at Somerset back in the autumn. “Yorkshire are a very tough side,” he said. They have proven that since they came back into Division One. They are always hard to beat because they have got all of the bases covered with experienced seam bowlers, the likes of Bresnan, Plunkett, Brooks and Patterson, and they have got a good spinner in Rashid. They are strong in the batting as well.
“Like every game, this is going to be a challenge to us, but we have a lot of confidence from the last game and we have also got a huge amount of talent here.”
Regarding the team Matt said: “It will be great to see Alfonso Thomas back in the squad and playing along with Jamie Overton who has proven his fitness for the Seconds this week where he picked up five wickets, so it should be an excellent game.”
Lewis Gregory is rested for the Yorkshire game which means that the Somerset squad for the game is: Marcus Trescothick (captain), Tom Abell, Jim Allenby, Alex Barrow, Tom Cooper, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Alfonso Thomas and Peter Trego.