Moments you might have missed
2021 was a season full of incredible action resulting in far too many outstanding moments to remember.
We have been looking back at the season and have picked six pivotal moments that you might have missed.
Sonny makes a big impression
It was a year to remember for Sonny Baker.
The young Somerset paceman made his debut for the Club in the Royal London Cup win over Derbyshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in July.
Although James Hildreth and Steve Davies made the headlines as Somerset chased down 299, Sonny’s opening spell was superb.
His first over for the Club, which was the second over of the match, was a maiden. He took his first wicket with the third ball of his second over, conceded only a single in his fourth over and claimed his second wicket in his fifth over. He went on to finish with figures of three for 46.
It was an outstanding opening spell and by the end of the summer the 18-year-old had 10 wickets in the competition, had signed his first professional contract and was joining up with the England U19s.
Devon shines in derby win
Somerset’s first T20 win in Bristol since 2015 saw Lewis Gregory claim career best figures of five for 24 as the hosts were restricted to 161 for seven from their 20 overs.
From that point onwards, it was the Devon Conway show. The New Zealand international opened the Somerset reply and helped himself to 81 not out from just 65 balls and in doing so passed the 50-mark for the third time in four innings.
It was a superb innings and one that earned Somerset supporters the local bragging rights.
James Rew faces India
James Rew was named in the County Select squad for the three-day match against India which took place this summer at Emirates Riverside.
The match formed part of India’s warm-up schedule ahead of the Test series against England.
James made quite an impression, stumping Cheteshwar Pujara in the tourists first innings. He also removed Axar Patel.
“That was a really special game,” he explained. “I really enjoyed the opportunity to play against one of the best Test sides in the world. That’s not something that happens very often and I’m very thankful for the opportunity because it was a great experience.”
Josh and Max receive County Caps
Before our home Vitality Blast clash against Gloucestershire, Max Waller and Josh Davey were presented with their County Caps by Club Captain, Tom Abell.
After receiving his cap, Max said: “It was a very proud moment for me and it really means a lot. It was nice to be able to share it with my family because they’ve been there for me for the duration of my career. I’ve been here since I was 11 years old, so this was very special. During that time I’ve got to know the Members and fans and all the people around the ground. The Club has a real family feel to it and I love playing for Somerset.”
Regarding his cap, Josh said: “It’s a great honour. It’s been a long journey, and to get this recognition from the Club is very pleasing. It was very special to have my family there because it’s not just me that’s got me to this point. I remember my parents driving down little country lanes in Norfolk and Suffolk every Sunday afternoon when I was 12 looking for the various clubs we were supposed to be playing at. To have my name on the same list as some of the world greats is a very proud moment.”
Roelof’s stunning catch
Somerset sealed a place in the Vitality Blast quarter-finals as they hammered Glamorgan by 74 runs at Sophia Gardens in July.
New Zealand run machine Devon Conway batted Somerset’s full 20 overs for an unbeaten 70 from 52 balls as Glamorgan’s bowlers struggled at both ends of the innings.
However, the moment of the match belonged to Roelof van der Merwe.
The all rounder took an absolutely stunning catch to remove Marnus Labuschagne.
— Somerset Cricket 🏏 (@SomersetCCC) July 16, 2021
Josh puts Leicestershire to the sword
Josh Davey may be one of the most feared bowlers on the county circuit, but he also gave everyone a reminder of his prowess with the bat in 2021.
The Scotland international made a career best 75 not out in Somerset’s first innings of the LV= Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire. He also shared in century stands with Roelof van der Merwe and Marchant de Lange as Somerset wracked up 461 for nine declared.
2021 was a great year and hopefully 2022 will be even better!
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