Regan on the way back
Somerset ‘keeper James Regan has had to sit on the sidelines for the last three weeks after breaking his finger playing for the second XI, but things are looking up for him now and he plans to play again on Saturday.
The 21 year old who hails from Surrey but played a lot of his cricket for Hampshire, first played for the Somerset Seconds in 2011 and was awarded a contract after graduating through the Academy.
Last season James played in nine Second XI Championship matches in which he scored almost 500 runs at an average of over 40, which included two centuries, so was looking to push on in 2015, so this injury has come as a bit of a setback.
On Friday morning James said: “I broke my metacarpal on my right index finger just on the knuckle, which happened a little more than three weeks ago, which has been extremely frustrating for me because, being a cricketer, all you want to do is play the game so I am very keen to get back out there in the middle.”
However there is some good news at last for James as he explained: “This week things have stepped up really well for me and I have managed to bat and keep and have just come through a half hour spell with the gloves on back to normality.”
How had his season gone before he broke his finger? “We hadn’t played a lot of cricket so it was probably the worst possible time for me to get an injury,” he said. “But that’s professional sport and hopefully I will come back stronger and I’m pretty relaxed about it. There is a lot of cricket left this season so I am just going to try to score as many runs as I can and take as many catches as possible.”
James added: “For me now it is very simple. Score runs and take catches behind the wicket and I believe everything else will take care of itself after that.”