Steve impressed by Second’s appetite to learn
Somerset’s Second XI have completed the competitive part of their season during which they have enjoyed considerable success, reaching the semi finals of the 50 over trophy and challenged throughout the season in the championship.
This was Steve Snell’s first year as Second XI coach so how did he feel about the way things had gone.
“It is difficult to measure because my role is primarily about development but for me it is important to develop in a winning environment, so we have tried our best to be as competitive as we can in the championship table.
“We were up there in the Second XI Championship but in the end we didn’t quite qualify for the final.
“The guys have been challenged at times to chase tough targets and put themselves under pressure knowing that sometimes you are not always going to win those games, but to win as many as they have while doing that has been really encouraging to me.”
Steve went on: “Had we beaten Sussex who chased down 420 to win, and beaten Middlesex who put on 50 for the last wicket to beat us then we would probably have ended top of the group. This was encouraging but frustrating at the same time to me as a coach.”
Talking about the 50 over competition the Second XI Coach said: “In the Trophy we played some good cricket and got the results with a couple of the guys, Josh Davey and Adam Hose getting their opportunity in the first team as a result, which was very pleasing.
“Eventually we lost out to a strong Durham side in the semi finals but they had a number of people in their team who have played a lot of senior cricket so our younger guys will have gained a lot from that.”
“I have been trying to give some exposure to the likes of Ben Green, Sam Underdown, George Bartlett, Liam Redrup, Calvin Harrison and Dom Bess because they are all on the Academy
“This has given the likes of Ben Green a chance to score hundreds for the Seconds and Liam Redrup the opportunity to show what he is capable of and they have reaped the benefits of this.
“We have also benefitted greatly from some of the more experienced players like Max Waller and George Dockrell who have offered help and advice to some of our younger players as well.
Summing up Steve said: “It can always be better and you can never say that it has gone as well as it can do because there are so many things that I look at and think that we could have done better.
“However I think the way that Adam Hose has come into our environment and made his first team debut, Eddie Byrom has shown that he is someone who is going to be an exceptional player in the future is pleasing to see.These are guys that we didn’t know about at the start of the season and they look like they can be first team players for Somerset and also good that the guys who were already in the Academy system like George Bartlett and Ben Green are what we thought they would be.
He added: “I can’t take any credit because it is the players who have worked very hard in what has been at times a punishing schedule. There enthusiasm and their appetite to keep learning is what has been the most impressive from my perspective.”
Somerset Seconds begin a three day match against Gloucestershire at Taunton Vale on Tuesday starting at 11am.