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Jason's thoughts on the 2022 fixtures

Now that everyone has had the chance to cast their eye over the 2022 fixtures, we thought it would be a good idea to get the thoughts of Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr.

2022 has seen a change to the structure of the season, with the Vitality Blast taking place earlier and more LV= Insurance County Championship cricket set to be played at the height of summer. What does Jason think of the re-vamp?

“It’s always exciting when the fixtures come out and there’s been a subtle change,” he said. “We start with Championship cricket, as you would expect, and the Blast has been brought forward which means that we will complete the competition before we really move back to red-ball cricket. I think that’s important. It means that if you get some momentum going in the T20 it can only bode well for you. Continuity is key, but inevitably it’s difficult to get that when you’re trying to fit four competitions into one summer.”

Somerset begin the Vitality Blast campaign with a repeat of the 2021 final when we take on Kent Spitfires at Canterbury in May.

“We’ve got a bit of a drawn out history against Kent over the last few years,” said Jason. “We thought we’d turned our fortunes against them around last year, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be in the final. They were deserved winners, but we will be looking to start the competition well and getting the added bonus of getting revenge for what happened at Edgbaston last year.

“I know that our Members and supporters will be looking forward to the Blast games against Gloucestershire. Those are always brilliant fixtures and we anticipate that we will be having full crowds. The atmosphere is always great on those days.”

The Club’s quest for that elusive County Championship title will begin at The AGEAS Bowl in April when we take on Hampshire. It’s a fixture that Jason is really looking forward to.

“When the fixtures come out, you always look at that first one,” he said. There’s no easy games because all the teams in Division One are strong. What better way to start the season than with two quality sides at a Test match ground. We’ve been working really hard this winter and we are determined to start the season well.

“I think the return to the two division system is the correct decision. The best teams rise to the top over the course of the summer, and hopefully we will be fighting for that title come the end of the season. The teams that consistently play the best cricket over the course of the season will be challenging in September.”

Our first match in the Royal London Cup will see Notts Outlaws visit the Cooper Associates County Ground in early August. This is a competition which Jason is optimistic about.

“What we saw in 50-over cricket last year was incredibly exciting,” he said. “Some of the young players really took their opportunity last year and I think we’ll see that again this season. That’s exciting for the future of the Club.”

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