County Ground ready for Chris Gayle’s swan song
Chris Gayle makes his final appearance for Somerset in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast at the County Ground when they host Surrey on Friday evening starting at 5.30pm.
So far in the 2015 campaign Somerset have notched up two wins from their four matches, with Gayle making a massive contribution to every game that he has played- 92, 151 not out and 85 not out.
During the course of those three innings the world boss has wowed the crowds wherever he has appeared, hitting no fewer than 29 sixes in a display of big hitting the like of which has never been witnessed previously at the County Ground.
Currently Somerset find themselves fifth in the South Group table, with four points from as many matches.
Friday’s opponents Surrey are bottom with one win from their four games so the hosts will be hoping that the big man can sign off with another match winning innings.
Looking forward to Friday’s match leg spinner Max Waller, who has over the years enjoyed considerable success in the T20 format said: “In the context of the group the match against Surrey on Friday is a big one for us because things are quite tight and every fixture is important now.
“The South Group is very strong and everyone is beating everyone else so we have just got to focus on one game at a time so come the end of the group stages we will be right up there and hopefully get a home tie in the quarter finals.
“I always enjoy bowling in T20 but this year at Taunton it has been pretty tough because the wickets have been very flat and we haven’t been getting much assistance.
Max added: “However it helps having Chris Gayle in the side to knock the runs off and he has been a great signing and done fantastically well for us. He has also been great off the field with the members and supporters and its just disappointing that we have been unable to have him here for longer.”
Somerset have named the following squad of 13 for the Surrey game- Alfonso Thomas (capt), Jim Allenby, Tom Cooper, Chris Gayle, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Jamie Overton, Sohail Tanveer Pete Trego, Marcus Trescothick and Max Waller.