Three players make their mark in New Zealand match
Somerset’s recent Tourist Match against New Zealand gave two team members a chance to notch up career bests that will hopefully stand them in good stead looking forward to the rest of the season.
Bowler Tim Groenewald claimed four for 71 in the tourist’s first innings, which was his best for Somerset since he joined from Derbyshire mid way through the 2014 season. In the second innings Tim produced even better figures of five for 65 to give him match figures of nine for 136, a First Class career best for him. Aferwards Tim said: “I have felt good about my bowling since the start of the season, so it was great to get my rewards in the game against New Zealand. Its great to put in a good performance for your new county and I’m sure that this has done my confidence a great deal of good going forward.”
Alex Barrow claimed seven catches behind the stumps, a new record for Somerset against New Zealand about which he said: “ Its always nice to get a few catches in a game and I have got to thank the bowlers for that because they got the nicks for me to hold onto. I was happy with the way that I kept in the game, although I have got a few bruises on my fingers as a result but it has felt good. To play against touring teams is always good for the county. Games against touring sides have got a different feel to an LV = County Championship match. You are also playing against the guys who are the best from that country so it’s a good place to test yourself.”
Peter Trego was also a happy man because he had the chance to captain the side for the second time in his Somerset career. “Being captain in the game against New Zealand was the second highlight of my career,” he said. “I had the opportunity to captain in a match against Pakistan a few years ago and that ranks along with this game for me.”
Tregs added: “It’s a great honour to lead a great bunch of blokes and I have loved doing it.”