Donald impressed with Somerset bowling attack

Somerset have the seamers to bowl them to a first ever Specsavers County Championship title this summer according to South African pace legend Allan Donald.

After watching his side bowled out for 131 at Taunton on Monday afternoon to lose an opening game they had controlled for long periods, the Kent assistant coach expressed his admiration for the home attack.

“I think Somerset have ammunition to take a Championship challenge all the way this summer,” said Donald.

“They have a great variety to their bowling ranks, including guys who are very experienced and know their roles.

“It wasn’t nice sitting in the dug-out watching them build pressure on our batsmen ball after ball.”

Lewis Gregory, who claimed five for 18 on the final day against Kent, was well supported by winter signing Jack Brooks, Craig Overton and Josh Davey.

As Donald well knew, Jamie Overton, Tim Groenewald, Paul van Meekeren and Ben Green were among the Somerset seamers not involved at the Cooper Associates County Ground last weekend.

“I watched a few of those not playing, such as van Meekeren, on the pitch during an interval and there were some tall guys,” he said.

“They were working on some white-ball skills and it was clear there is a good spread of talent outside the current first team.

“Somerset are very lucky to have such strength in depth when it comes to pace bowling. Over the course of a long Championship season they may well need every one of them.

“We would have been chasing around 140 if we had taken all three remaining wickets quickly on the final morning. But, even when the target went above 200, I fancied our chances.

“Somerset bowled magnificently. There was no width and they gave us so little to hit, which is how top sides operate.”

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