Matt reviews the 2015 season
2015 was Matt Maynard’s first season at the helm of Somerset.
How does our Director of Cricket feel this summer went for the Club? “It’s been a bit of a mixed bag,” he said. “What I’ve been really pleased with is the way that we went about playing in the pressure situations at the back end of the season. We knew that if we didn’t play well we could be relegated. That obviously put a lot of pressure on the players but the way we responded in the last five games was absolutely terrific, bar the Yorkshire game. It was not a great performance at Yorkshire but the way the players responded was fantastic, led of course by the batting of Hildreth, Trescothick, Trego and Abell.”
This year has seen a number of fine performances from the Somerset 2nd XI and this has led to greater competition for places amoungst the first XI which is something that Matt is delighted with. “At the start of the season there wasn’t really a lot of competition for places,” he said. “All the guys in the first team weren’t really being pushed by those in the second XI but then the likes of Adam Hose came through and did really well. Eddie Byrom also played well at the top of the order for the 2nds and a lot of the bowlers started to push for selection too. Obviously Jack Leach started to put pressure on Abdur Rehman and the likes of Josh Davey also really showed their credentials and highlighted the potential that they have. We have a lot of good young players here so the future is really exciting.”
Matt also outlined the importance of the team working as a unit: “We’ve had some great individual performances this season. There will always be individuals and that is absolutely fine but the critical mass has to be about team success. Therefore it’s really important for me that we all get in the dressing room and start discussing each day and have input from both senior players and junior players about the game of cricket plus how we can improve as a team going forward. I think we made big strides in that regard during the season.”