Tregs looks back on 2015
The dust has now finally settled on another busy cricket season and this week we caught up with all rounder Peter Trego to get his thoughts on the last 12 months and what 2016 has in store.
“It wasn’t the best season for us but it certainly wasn’t the worst,” he said. “There were some big individual performances this year and the players that you would expect to stand up and be counted when we really needed them did just that. Marcus and Hildy in particular had some fantastic knocks in tough situations. Tom Abell had a fantastic year and so did the Overton boys and Lewis. It was great to see Leachy come back so impressively at the end of the year too after his injury setback. These were all huge positives for us but it’s only half the job really because just surviving in Division One isn’t really where we want to be as a Club. We want to be up there challenging at the top of the table so we’ve got to knuckle down, work hard and improve in a few areas.”
2015 was a big year for Tregs. Not only was it his benefit year, he also captained Somerset against New Zealand. “That was great,” he said. “Obviously it’s a huge honour to flip the coin for the Club but overall I was really pleased with a lot of aspects of my game this year. Certainly I think that my Championship batting really developed. It wasn’t the blasting type innings that I’m maybe known for it was more about batting for longer periods of time and on a couple of occasions trying to bat to save a game which is maybe something that I’ve not been overly good at in my career so that was pleasing from my point of view. Obviously knocking on the door of a thousand runs has to be my target for next season.”
What were the highlights of 2015 for him? “Being at the other end whilst Chris Gayle was smashing it or how he was down at my benefit match in Devon are up there. He was quite something to be around. There were a couple of good one-day performances by the team towards the end of the year and the win against Yorkshire at Scarborough against a very strong team was a great team performance.”
Tregs is looking forward to playing alongside Chris Rogers in 2016 and believes that the signing of the Australian will be of major benefit to the Club. “His quality speaks for itself,” he said. “He’s been a successful Test cricketer and an incredibly successful first class cricketer for many years now. Having Marcus, Tom Abell and Chris Rogers at the top of the order should give us some real stability and will hopefully give us some really good starts so that the so called more expressive players can come in and really capitalize on their hard work.”
The 34 year old also let us know what he has planned for the winter: “The lucky ones and the single guys are going to be spending the winter in the sunshine but my plans are certainly UK based. I’ll be working hard physically as I normally do and doing some training in the gym with Daz (Darren Veness, Somerset’s Head of Strength & Conditioning). There are still a few benefit events to look forward to and there is possibly the potential of some overseas cricket in the various T20 competitions in the New Year but we will have to wait and see.”
We also asked Pete how the benefit year has been going. “It’s gone really well,” he said. “It’s been very well supported and that’s all you can ask for. The events have been good fun and everyone has got in to the spirit of the thing and we’ve had a great time. Thank you to everyone who has got involved.”