Eddie and Craig reflect on record-breaking win

Somerset’s record-breaking victory over Cardiff MCCU will be an especially memorable occasion for two of the players because during the game they recorded career best performances.

In Somerset’s first innings batsman Eddie Byrom made an unbeaten 58, beating his previous First Class career best for the County of 56 by two runs.

In the second innings, Eddie again batted at number six and went onto score his maiden First Class century for Somerset, remaining unbeaten on 115.

Before the start of the Cardiff game Craig Overton’s career best for Somerset was six for 74, which he improved upon considerably on Thursday by taking six for 24 from his eight overs.

Looking back on the match, Craig said: “It was just nice to get out on to the grass and take some wickets to help us to a win.

“I felt a little bit rusty to start with, but got into a rhythm which is what I wanted to do before our opening County Championship match against Kent next Friday.

“There have been a few things that I’ve worked on over the winter, which I tried to take into this game. There is still a little bit to work on but it has definitely improved on where I was last year.”

Eddie Byrom was equally delighted to score his maiden century for Somerset.

“It’s always nice to get runs early on and build on what we did in Abu Dhabi,” he said. “Obviously we’re still building towards that all important first game against Kent at the moment.”

Before the pre-season trip to Abu Dhabi, the young left hander identified the fact that he needed to be more attacking in his game, something which was very apparent during his unbeaten century.

“My game is evolving and I definitely need to learn how to put pressure on the bowler at certain times. I’m still learning that skill, but today I felt that I got things pretty much spot on. The challenge for me now will be to do that against better bowling, so there’s still a lot to work on.

“There’s a lot of competition for places in the starting line up and obviously I want to play. That means I need to score runs and if that means me batting at number six then I am happy to do that.”

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