Somerset v Derbyshire: Royal London One-Day Cup Preview
We open our Royal London One-Day Cup account on Sunday when we host Derbyshire Falcons at the County Ground, Taunton.
We will play eight group games in the 50 over competition this season and the teams that finish in the top four will qualify for the quarter finals, following which there will be semi finals with a Lord’s final on September 19th.
Looking ahead to the game Jim Allenby, who has been appointed captain for the competition said: “The 50 over game is a format that I enjoy playing. It rewards bowlers who put the ball in good areas and it rewards batsmen who get in and try to get hundreds. I think it is set up well for the side that we are going to have because we’ve got some batsmen who can bat for long periods while being aggressive. We also have bowlers who are wicket takers and that’s the most important thing in one-day cricket.
“We will have at least three lads who are going to hit the wicket hard and get genuine four-day type dismissals for a lot of the game. The 50 over game does reward good cricket and is less reliant on tosses or one side having a good day. It is more reliant on having a whole team effort and getting the tactics right, so I am a big fan of it.”
Talking about the side that he will be leading on Sunday the new captain said: “I have never captained a side with so much talent as this, so its up to me to try and get these guys playing in a way that we want them playing. Its up to us to get the tactics right so these boys can go out, play and enjoy it.”
The squad includes 21 year old batsman Tom Abell, who will be making his 50 over debut if selected.
Somerset will name their final line up from the following squad: Jim Allenby (capt), Tom Abell, Michael Bates, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Peter Trego and Max Waller.