Michael Bates set to make Somerset debut
Somerset give 24 year old former Hampshire wicket-keeper Michael Bates, who has joined on a one month contract, his debut when they take on Nottinghamshire in the LV= County Championship at the County Ground that starts on Sunday.
Currently Somerset are at the bottom of the Division One table with 56 points and one win from the six matches whilst their visitors Nottinghamshire are two places above them with 61 and two wins from the same number of matches.
When the two sides met at Trent Bridge earlier in the season it was Somerset who won by 133 runs with a day to spare, a feat that the team will be hoping to repeat.
Looking ahead to the game Matt Maynard the Director of Cricket at the club said: “This is a big game for us on the back of two T20 games just prior to that. We have got to be careful how we look at the make up of our side and the bowling attack in particular.
“However we are very confident because we had a really good win against them at Trent Bridge earlier in the summer and it would be nice to do the same here.”
Talking about the make up of the squad for Sunday, Maynard said: “ We welcome back Abdur Rehman to the squad who had been de-registered for the time that Chris Gayle was here, so we look forward to him coming back in and hopefully the wicket towards the end of the game will give him some assistance. We know he is a world class performer and he has had plenty of time to work on his game so we hope he will be able to make an impact later on.
“Michael Bates also comes in on a one month contract after impressing with the seconds. Alex Barrow’s form has dipped recently and James Regan has only just come back after three weeks injury.
“Bates has got a good record behind the stumps and has got a first class century so he is a decent player and a good character and we welcome him to the side.”
Pakistani left arm spinner Rehman who is just itching to get back into action after a three weeks break said: “I am definitely looking forward to coming back on Sunday. I played the two day game for the Seconds this week and bowled 30 overs to get back my rhythm.
He added: “I will try to bowl in the right areas and hope to win the game for Somerset. I am looking forward to performing for my club again in the championship after three weeks off.”
The full Somerset squad for the Nottinghamshire match is- Marcus Trescothick (c), Tom Abell, Jim Allenby, Michael Bates (wkt), Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Jamie Overton, Abdur Rehman, Alfonso Thomas and Pete Trego.