Alex sets his sights high for 2016
Alex Barrow is one of several Somerset players who is remaining back at the County Ground for the first part of the winter.
By his own admission 2015 didn’t work out in the way that he had hoped as he explained when we caught up with him this week: “ The 2015 season didn’t fulfill what I had hoped for at the start either as an individual or as a team. We didn’t have our best season and it’s always disappointing when things don’t go as well as you hope for but that’s professional sport and we have got to look at how we can improve for the coming seasons. We don’t just want to be preserving our first division status in the County Championship, we want to be challenging for the title and competing in the one-day competitions.
“This isn’t just going to happen and there is a journey to be run and a lot of hard work to be undertaken over the winter and the coming seasons to make sure that we are right up there again. We haven’t got to the standards that we set for ourselves over the last few years when we had a successful period and that is where we need to get back to and make sure we are challenging for trophies. At the moment it has been a bit more of a fight for survival and whilst it’s obviously good to have come through that thanks to a couple of good performances in the last few matches, we don’t want to be doing that. We want to be fighting it out at the top of the table.
“There is a lot of hard work to be done, but we have got a good squad and a good group of coaches and staff around us. It’s definitely possible so it’s about getting those results back out on the pitch now.”
Talking about his own 2015 season, Alex said: “It was a disappointing first part to the summer from a batting and ‘keeping point of view, but I went away and came back in the second team where I put in some good performances and got myself back into the one-day squad, which meant a lot to me. It was great to be in the Championship squad for the last three games and I was disappointed not to get picked but it was pleasing to get back in the frame after the start that I had. Like everybody I have got work to do and it’s about how I can achieve that and help Somerset to progress in the future.”
After Christmas the 23 year old will be heading to the Southern Hemisphere about which he said: “I am really looking forward to going out to play in New Zealand and it’s a place I have always wanted to go to. The chance came along to go and play for Cornwall Cricket Club in Auckland which is going to be challenging. I want to get everything done that I can back here before I go out there to play. It also looks like I am going to be coaching a young side as well whilst I am out there which is something I haven’t done before so it will be challenging and will give me a chance to use my Level 2 coaching award.
“I have done one to one coaching up at King’s College but haven’t done anything team wise so I am looking forward to that. Cornwall is a successful and highly regarded club in Auckland and I’m looking forward to getting there. I will be playing Twenty20, 50 over and some double weekend cricket as well as hopefully some mid week games too.”
Looking ahead to 2016 Alex said: “First and foremost I want to play first team cricket and I want to be keeping wicket and batting in the top six. Obviously we have signed Ryan Davies so there will be competition for me but that is great for any squad because that’s what you need.”
He added: “ The new season will come around really fast and it’s time for me to put in some big performances and win some games for Somerset. I want to start to score hundreds and make an impact here for the county.”