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Ben looks back on a night to remember

Somerset’s first home match of the 2020 Vitality Blast campaign was a night to remember for Ben Green.

The 22-year-old claimed his first T20 wickets for the Club and finished with four for 26 and also claimed two catches as Somerset came out on top against by Glamorgan by eight wickets at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The Devonian was clearly pleased by how the evening panned out.

“It’s great that I’ve been able to take a couple of opportunities and it was good fun out there,” he said. “Obviously I’m buzzing. This is what I’ve been hoping for and working towards for the last few years. It’s an experience that I’m loving at the moment.”

Despite his impressive performance, Ben was quick to emphasize that it was a team effort.

“The guys were great today and everyone executed their skills to a really high level. The wickets kept falling and that’s the main reason we were able to limit them to that score. The bowlers did a great job of limiting the batsmen’s opportunities of hitting it to the short boundary. Batters want to free their hands in T20 cricket so we tried to trap them for room.

“Having so many bowlers in the side really gives us good flexibility. You know things are going well when you have someone like Craig Overton not bowling his full quota.

“Tom Abell played a real captain’s innings. He showed great composure and his skill execution was outstanding. He just played the situation perfectly. He didn’t take any unnecessary risks, kept the ball on the carpet and hit really strong shots. That’s something that we’ve talked about a lot and he demonstrated that perfectly.

“Hildy was excellent too. He’s perfect for that kind of situation and they both really showed their class out there.”

Ben outlined that the mood in the camp is excellent again now that the team have bounced back from defeat at Northants Steelbacks.

“It’s a huge momentum shift since Northants,” he explained. “We were pretty disappointed with how we played there but this game has proved that we’re a top side and can push hard in this competition. To have Babar Azam and Lewis Gregory coming back only adds to the strength of the squad. Babar is the best batsman in the world and everyone is looking forward to having him back in the ranks. He’s a great character, he’s got good banter and it’ll be good to have him back.

“We all back everyone in the squad, so whoever gets picked will get the full support of everyone.”

Head Coach, Jason Kerr was impressed by Ben’s performance.

“What we’ve asked of a young side is for them to challenge their skills in T20 cricket,” he said. That’s incredibly difficult. I thought that Ben and indeed the whole bowling unit were excellent last night. Ben had a tough challenge because there was a short boundary on one side and it isn’t easy delivering the amount of yorkers as well as he did last night. That’s a real testament to the amount of work that he’s put in and we’ve seen it a lot in practice.

“We’ve created an opportunity for him to see if he can deliver his skills in games and certainly he was incredibly successful last night.”

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