Corey discusses his debut

Although today’s poor weather resulted in the abandonment of our match against Dorset at North Perrott without a ball being bowled, the lack of cricket did give us the opportunity to catch up with our newest recruit.

New Zealand’s Corey Anderson has signed for the Club for this seasons NatWest T20 Blast and made a stunning debut in the narrow loss to Surrey at the weekend.

We sat down with the 26 year old in the shelter of the pavilion at North Perrott and asked him what his debut for Somerset was like.

“It was good,” he said. “Being the overseas player you always want to come in and stamp your mark on the competition and show your teammates what you can do. I was glad that I was able to do that in the first game but it’s obviously disappointing not to get the result that you want. From where we were I think we did well to hang on in there and it ended up being a pretty close game. I guess we got a little bit lucky with the penalty they had, which worked in our favour and put us right back in the game but that’s just how T20 cricket goes sometimes. There’s so many ups and downs and it only takes one or two guys to do something special during the game and you end up being on top. It was just a shame we didn’t have quite enough on the day. We’re all disappointed but we’re looking forward to the next game against Essex. Obviously it was a disappointing start to the competition for us but hopefully we can turn it around and get a on bit of a role in the next few games.”

Has Corey had a chance to get to know his new teammates yet? “I got here about a week before the Surrey game,” he said. “The rest of the team were off playing a Championship game so I was a bit delayed in meeting everyone but the bus rides over here always give you plenty of time to get to know everyone. I’ve enjoyed my time with the all the guys so far and they’ve really welcomed me in to the team so I’m just looking forward to getting stuck in for the rest of the competition.”

The games come thick and fast in this seasons NatWest T20 Blast but the all-rounder is glad that the fixtures are so close together. “The body would probably prefer a bit more of a break between games,” he joked. “T20 cricket is all about momentum though so I think it’s better to only have small breaks between games. The guys in the team were saying that in the past they’ve had to play Championship games and then go in to T20 the next night. It can be really hard to go from one competition to the other like that, especially between red ball and white ball because of the different intensities, so I think that having it in a block this year can only be a good thing. When the games come in dribs and drabs it means that some overseas players can only come over for a handful of games at the beginning or the end because of the international schedule and they can’t commit to the whole competition. The way the schedule has fallen this year allows me to come over for the whole competition and it’s always nice to be able to see something through to the end.”

Corey’s international teammate Luck Ronchi played for Somerset in 2015. Did he ask Luke about the Club? “I did actually. He told me a little bit about the place and about the guys in the team and things like that. He said it was a great setup and a great environment. He wasn’t wrong! It’s been a great week or so and hopefully that will continue. I’ve been down to the Cooper Associates County Ground a couple of times to have a bit of a look and it’s a bit hectic down there at the moment with the ICC Women’s World Cup but I’m looking forward to being able to run out on the field there, play a home game, see the crowd and hear the atmosphere. The guys have told me that it’s a great ground to play at so I’m looking forward to what should be a really good spectacle.”

Corey and Somerset are next in action on Thursday when we take on Essex at the CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford.

Our next home match is against Gloucestershire in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday July 21st. This match has sold out! You can still buy tickets for the remaining six home fixtures in the competition by clicking here

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