Alfonso looks back on his time with Somerset
Alfonso Thomas is playing his final game for Somerset against Warwickshire and today when he walked out to bat he was greeted by generous applause.
Afterwards the man who has taken over 550 wickets for the County in all formats over eight years said: “It felt quite emotional going out to bat, probably more in the first innings when the bat felt like it weighed five pounds in my hand.”
Reflecting on his time at the County Ground he said: “It has been eight wonderful years and there have been so many fond memories. I think the year (2011) when we came second in a whole lot of trophies and then had to go over to India and within a day we had to play. To me the way that the guys got together was really fantastic and showed great character.
Could he pick out a highlight from that time? “We had a couple of stunning games that year,” he said. “When we chased 400 twice and won with a wicket to spare a couple of times.”
He went on: “There have been some great T20 games down here and some brilliant Friday night games that I was fortunate enough to have been involved in. I have also been to a few finals days that were very entertaining, but for me to single out one game is not possible.
“To take four wickets in four balls is obviously a personal highlight but to me the most important thing was that the team won. I am quite happy to take 0 for 100 as long as the team wins, rather than take four in four and still lose the game, so for me all eight years have been the highlight for me.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed it here and this has become home to me and my family. I have got three children in school here and my wife works in the town and we are quite happy.”
Talking about the future Alfonso said: “I’d like to stay in cricket and I haven’t quite decided yet to call it a day on my playing career. I am going to re-assess over the next couple of months when I have got a few coaching gigs happening and Millfield School has asked me to fall in with them, starting next week. I am looking forward to playing some sort of part in helping with the youngsters.”
He added: “The IPL might come up again, but for now I’m going to take stock and try to enjoy the things that normal fathers do.”