Busy winter for Tim in South Africa

Somerset bowler Tim Groenewald has been spending the winter in South Africa at Pietermartizburg.

The 34-year-old, who recently signed a new contract extension, has taken over 150 wickets across all three formats of the game since joining the County in 2014.

Talking from South Africa recently, Tim said: “I’ve been busy following my winter training programme and also doing some coaching at Hilton College. I’ve started stepping things up now and have started bowling again as well as putting bat on ball.”

Regarding the changes in the Club’s management structure Tim said: “I worked with Sarge (Andy Hurry) for three months when I first joined Somerset so I got to know him quite well. It’s really good to have him back at the Club and I’m sure he’s got some unfinished business. I think he is a very good appointment and I’m looking forward to working with him again.

“It’s also great that Jason Kerr is stepping up to be Head Coach. He’s helped me a lot since I’ve been at Taunton and both him and Sarge have got the Club’s best interests at heart. They both want to take the Club forward, so they are great guys to have in charge.”

Tim has also been impressed with the way that his Somerset bowling colleague Craig Overton performed in the recent Ashes series.

“It was an amazing opportunity for Craig to be selected to go out and play for England,” he said. “He did really well and showed exactly what he’s capable of as a cricketer at such a young age. To see him step up and play so well against Australia is great. I’m really pleased that he has done so well and coped with the pressure of the situation.”

Regarding the Somerset bowling attack for the coming season Tim said: “I’m sure that Craig will be around at the early stages of the coming season which means that we can choose our bowling attack from Craig and Jamie Overton, Lewis Gregory, Josh Davey, Paul van Meekeren and myself, so we will have a good bowling attack.

“I cant wait for the start of the season and we’re now at that time in the winter when we start to up the training and put in the hard work. It’s good to see that we have got a couple of home games to start with, so hopefully we can start better than we did in 2017.”

Tim added: “The time between now and the start of the season will go very quickly, so I’m really looking forward to getting going again.”

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