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Greg Kennis casts his eye over the 2nd XI fixtures

The Second XI fixtures for 2018 were published recently and we caught up with Second XI Coach Greg Kennis to get his thoughts.

After a number of friendly matches Somerset will get their Second XI Trophy campaign up and running with a match at Kent on April 23rd.

The same side will provide the opposition for the opening Championship match of the season the following day.

The T20 campaign will begin with an away match against local rivals Gloucestershire on June 26th.

Following the publication of the fixtures Greg said: “We want the players to be genuinely pushing for places in the First XI and the only way that they can do that is by performing well in competitive Second XI matches.

“We begin with some friendly matches against our neighbouring minor counties which will not only give us a chance to see our players in action, it will also give us a chance to see a number of players from across the region.

“We then play a three-day friendly against Worcestershire at Taunton Vale which will get us up to speed for our opening Trophy and Championship matches away to Kent.

“As always, it will be a tough season with a lot of traveling but we certainly have a enough quality to be pushing for honours in all formats of Second XI cricket this year.

“We have seen over the last few years that the Somerset Pathway is producing high quality young players who are capable of performing, initially for the Second XI but also for the First XI when called upon. I am confident that we will see this again in 2018.”

Whilst the majority of Somerset’s home matches will be played at Taunton Vale Sports Club, the Second XI will take on Yorkshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in a three-day Championship match beginning on August 28th.

 

The full fixture list is as follows:

Date Duration Home Away Venue Comp
Tues 10th April 1 day Somerset University of Exeter Taunton Vale SEF
Sat 14th April 1 day Somerset Cornwall Taunton Vale SEF
Sun 15th April 1 day Devon Somerset TBC SEF
Wed 18th April 3 days Somerset Worcestershire Taunton Vale SEF
Mon 23rd April 1 day Kent Somerset Polo Farm SET
Tues 24th April 3 days Kent Somerset Polo Farm SEC
Tues 1st May 3 days Somerset Surrey Taunton Vale SEC
Tues 8th May 1 day Somerset Surrey Taunton Vale SET
Thurs 10th May 1 day Somerset Glamorgan Taunton Vale SET
Mon 14th May 1 day Unicorns Somerset  TBC SET
Wed 16th May 1 day Somerset Gloucestershire Bath CC SET
Tues 22nd May 3 days Glamorgan Somerset Newport CC SEC
Mon 4th June 1 day Essex Somerset Bishop Stortford SET
Tues 5th June 3 days Essex Somerset Bishop Stortford SEC
Mon 11th June 3 days Middlesex Somerset TBC SEF
Fri 15th June 1 day TBC TBC TBC SET Semi-final
Thu 21st June 1 day TBC TBC TBC SET Final
Tues 26th June 1 day Gloucestershire Somerset Bristol CC SET20
Thurs 28th June 1 day Glamorgan Somerset Port Talbot CC SET20
Mon 2nd July 1 day Somerset Hampshire Taunton Vale SEF
Wed 4th July 1 day Somerset Essex Taunton Vale SET20
Tues 10th July 1 day Somerset Sussex Taunton Vale SET20
Wed 11th July 3 days Somerset Sussex Taunton Vale SEC
Mon 16th July 1 day Hampshire Somerset Ageas Bowl SET20
Tues 17th July 3 days Hampshire Somerset Ageas Bowl SEC
Mon 23rd July 1 day Somerset Middlesex Taunton Vale SET20
Tues 24th July 3 days Somerset Middlesex Taunton Vale SEC
Mon 6th Aug 3 days Somerset Hampshire Taunton Vale SEF
Thu 9th Aug 1 day TBC TBC Arundel SET20 Finals Day
Tues 14th Aug 3 days Somerset Gloucestershire Taunton Vale SEC
Tues 28th Aug 3 days Somerset Yorkshire Cooper Associates County Ground SEF
Tues 4th Sept 4 days TBC TBC TBC SEC Final
Mon 10th Sept 4 days Somerset Warwickshire Taunton Vale SEF

SEF = Second XI Friendly

SET = Second XI Trophy

SEC = Second XI Championship

SET20 = Second XI T20

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