Somerset v Sussex (preview)
Somerset return to red ball action on Sunday when they entertain Sussex in the championship starting at the County Ground in Taunton on Sunday at 11am.
After beating Nottinghamshire in their previous home match, Somerset made it a double when they overcame Hampshire away last week, and will now be hoping to make it a hat-trick of victories to continue their climb up the table.
At the halfway stage of the Championship, a competition they have never won, after a disappointing start to the campaign Somerset are fifth and if they continue to perform as they have in their last two games are well capable of keeping that run going.
One player who has played a key part in enabling the hosts to enjoy so much success is all rounder Craig Overton, the former Academy boy who hails from North Devon, who so far this season has claimed 28 wickets at 15.79 runs apiece to top the Somerset averages and averages 28.17 from his eight innings.
In the most recent game Craig took four wickets in each innings to help his county to a nine wicket victory with more than a day to spare.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s match the 21 year old said: “In the last few games I have taken some wickets which is always but it will be a bit different bowling back at Taunton where the ball doesn’t do as much. I have just got make sure that I hit decent areas and get my wickets that way especially as their batters had a decent game last time out.
“It will be tough to get them out but we will keep fighting and hopefully we can get a result down here.
“I was away for the Notts game with England but to come back and play a part in the win at Hants was great and shows that a coupe of wins can get you right back in the hunt- so we need to keep that run going and you never know.
Craig added: “We just have to keep things going and take it one game at a time and see where we get to as the season moves on.
Skipper Marcus Trescothick said: “ We have been good in the championship in our last few games so we have got a bit to live up to. We have played some fairly good cricket and been pretty consistent too so now we have to keep that going a work our way up the table.
“When you are leading the team and its not going so well it is always a bit of added pressure but we have done some good things over the last few weeks to improve our position but we have got to keep it going because you cant afford to take your foot off the gas at any stage.
Marcus added: “In this top division you can beat anybody, but you can also lose out to anyone so you need to keep pushing forward to make sure you are on it and looking for that next victory.”
Somerset will select their final team from the following squad- Marcus Trescothick (captain),Tom Abell, Jim Allenby, Michael Bates (wk),Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Abdur Rehman, Alfonso Thomas and Pete Trego.
Before play commences on Sunday the Annual Church Service is taking place in the Somerset Stand starting at 10.15am to which all are invited. Entry for the service is through the Brian Rose Gates on the Brewhouse side of the ground.
The guest speaker will be Rev Keith Powell who is an active cricketer and the vicar of several parishes on the Somerset Levels.