Ben and Paul to take the reins again in the RLC
Somerset County Cricket Club are proud to be able to reveal that Ben Green will once again captain our Royal London Cup squad.
The 24-year-old led the team with distinction in 2021 and is looking forward to the challenge that awaits in 2022.
“It’s an absolute honour to captain this Club again, he said. “I’m delighted with how it went last year and hopefully we can build on that this summer with the squad that we have and push for the title.
“We all took some huge learnings from last year’s campaign with both the bat and the ball. This year it’s again about staying in the game for as long as we can. We’ve got some experienced heads in the squad who have played a lot of 50-over cricket, so I can learn from them and we’re all really looking forward to it.”
Ben believes that one of the key elements of Somerset’s 2021 Royal London Cup campaign was the performances of some of the Club’s younger players, who were given the opportunity to represent their county.
“One of the real highlights from last season was the emergence of some of our young lads,” he said. “That can only put them in a good place to perform again at that level this year. Last season’s experience will be a terrific building block for those players. The way that they coped with the pressure is a real testament to the system that we have here at Somerset. Our Pathway system gives these players the opportunity to flourish. The character of the guys we have here in the locker room is first class. They were unfazed by the crowds and the Test match venues, and they all stepped up at certain intervals throughout the competition. Hopefully, they can do the same again this year.”
The allrounder is also looking forward to playing the format alongside the likes of Matt Renshaw and Peter Siddle.
“To have those two involved is an exciting prospect,” he explained. “I’m really looking forward to playing with them in 50-over cricket, and as a captain, they are the kind of guys you want in your side to lean on.”
Somerset can also reveal that Paul Tweddle will fulfil the role of Head Coach during the tournament, and this is a decision that has been welcomed by the skipper.
“I get on tremendously well with Tweds,” Ben said. “I think he also learned a lot last year, but I felt that he stepped up to the role very well. He showed a lot of great traits that will stand both him and the Club in good stead for the future.”
Paul is also relishing the opportunity of taking the reins again.
“I’m really proud to have been given this opportunity again and I’ll approach it with the same enthusiasm and passion that I did last year,” he said when we spoke to him this week.
“I think that the squad did themselves proud last year. There were a few things that didn’t go our way, but to a man those who were given the opportunity to represent the Club in 2021 took the chance really well. The younger guys will have gained some valuable experience of the First XI environment and they performed superbly.
“Once again, the squad has a good balance of youth and experience and that’s really important. Youth on its own provides tremendous enthusiasm, but in the key moments you need the senior players to help with decision making and that consistency. You have to get the blend right.
“A lot has been said about the young guys who came through, and rightly so, but I was extremely impressed with the more senior players because they knew and understood that they had a part to play in the successes of the younger players. They took on the roles and had a big influence on the field. Players like James Hildreth and Steve Davies got us runs at the top, which put us in strong positions and helped to build confidence. With the ball, the likes of Jack Brooks and Josh Davey were excellent too. JD stood up and took on the mantle of the captaincy during the competition. Those sorts of things were really important because those guys brought a sense of calmness and stability.”
Our Royal London Cup Coach is looking forward to working alongside Ben again in 2022.
“Ben Green is someone who has experience of the format, is highly regarded within the squad and has been playing some really good white-ball cricket this year. I feel that the captaincy brings the best out in Ben as well, so I’m glad he agreed to take on the role again. In last year’s competition I thought he was excellent on the field, tactically and within the group as a whole. He made some really good decisions on the pitch and was vocal within the dressing room.”
What does Paul think the key will be to progressing in the competition?
“We will play some good cricket during the competition, but we could also potentially lose a few games, and the key thing for me is how we come back from that. Last year we got off to a good start, but when a few results went against us we struggled to wrestle back that momentum. It’s important to make people understand that there will be good days but also some days when things don’t click as well, also because of the condensed nature of the comp we will have to be unfazed and adaptable trying to stay level-headed throughout. We’ll be putting our best foot forward and will be looking to win as many games as we can so that we can progress through the competition.”
What would Paul consider success to be this year?
“You want to win every single game that you play, and success should be judged on how well you do in a competition. Hopefully, we can progress to the knock-out stages and then go on to win it. I genuinely believe that we have the squad to do that, and we will be doing everything we can to achieve that goal.”
Tickets for our Royal London Cup fixtures are available now, and each match has a special theme!
Join us on Friday August 19th for the biggest beer garden in the South West!
As part of our Royal London Cup fixture against Sussex Sharks, Somerset County Cricket Club will be holding a special beer and cider festival for Members and ticket holders.
The event will feature:
- Over 50 different local beers and ciders
- Live music from outstanding local performers
- Special food options tailored to the fan village
Can’t make the Beer and Cider Festival? Don’t forget our other Royal London Cup Matches…………
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Join us on Sunday August 14th for our Family Day!
As part of our Royal London Cup fixture against Middlesex, Somerset County Cricket Club will be holding a special family themed day for Members and ticket holders.
Throughout the day there will be children’s entertainment within our safe and secure fan village which will be tailored to ensure that children have a brilliant day out!
LADIES DAY 2022
Join us on Wednesday August 10th for our Ladies Day!
As part of our Royal London Cup fixture against Durham, Somerset County Cricket Club will be holding a special ladies day for Members and ticket holders.
Fizz, fashion and fun will be the order of the day, so don’t miss out on what promises to be a fantastic occasion!Back to News