Jim all set to return to action.
Jim Allenby is looking forward to returning to action on Monday when he leads the side out at the County Ground against Surrey in the Royal London One Day Cup.
Following Friday’s training session the one day skipper said: “The squad is well rested now and we have all had a few days away which is what was needed by everybody after a busy period. Everyone is fresh and full of energy and we can’t wait to get out there and finish the Royal London One Day competition on a high.
“We had a great win over Yorkshire at Scarborough which made the long journey really worthwhile. We had good support up there as well and we played the best we have in white ball cricket all year.
“We started off with our opening pair Craig Overton and Josh Davey bowling fantastically well on what was a good cricket pitch and to put a strong Yorkshire side under pressure like that was fantastic.
“It’s frustrating that we haven’t been able to play that way throughout this tournament but we have said all along that the 50 over competition was about finding out about some of our players and in that respect it has been successful.
Jim went on: “Then for Tom Abell to be able to finish it off and show us what we all know, that he is a class player in all formats. The situation was set up very nicely for Tom because they were bowling four day lengths on a good cricket pitch with the slips in, and he showed his technique and class.
“Tom has been about to have a score like that the whole tournament and that’s why we have kept him in and he is only going to get better by doing it. Rather than chopping and changing we have given him and Adam Hose the chance to open up front and see how they go.
“It was pleasing to see him get that score personally, but also from our point of view to confirm what we know about him and it also gives him a nice platform for the last two games and then going into the rest of the season.”
Talking about the make up of the side at Scarborough the one day captain said: “It was a pretty young side as well, in fact there were only a couple of us older guys out there. However I have said all along that they may be a young squad that we are picking but it is a good squad, with fine players and everyone deserves their spot.
“I think that it is a sign of things to come with the youngsters taking more responsibility, the new ball and key positions in the batting order and then finding their ways of playing because the only way you find out is by playing.
“You don’t learn cricket, especially the one day game in the Seconds because you get a lot of loose balls, whereas in the first team you have high quality bowlers against you and the only way to find out is to do it.”
Reflecting on the 50 over competition overall Jim said: “The really positive thing about the Royal London Cup is that we have had a lot of guys doing things they would have done otherwise.
“There is a chance that we can qualify, but it’s more about the way we play and getting our plans in place and having two more opportunities to see a couple of guys showing what they can do.”
Looking ahead Jim said: “I think it’s really important that we finish on a positive note going into the last championship matches. Obviously we are in a position where a couple of wins gets us up the table and challenging for that top three or four spot, while a couple of quiet games makes it tough for us.
“It’s important that we get some momentum out of these last two white ball games going into four day cricket because that’s a really big target for the rest of the season, to finish that competition off well and if we have a good week here we can push on towards that.
“We haven’t played as well as we would have liked at Taunton this year and I’m not entirely sure why but I think we are still trying to find our best way of playing here regarding tactics and batting and bowling orders.”
Jim added: “It is important that we finish off well because we have had great support all year without the success we have wanted and we want to end our white ball cricket here with a victory over Surrey.”