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Jason and Lewis can’t wait for Thursday

Somerset take on Lancashire Lightning in the Vitality Blast on Thursday knowing that the Club are just one win away from Finals Day.

The quarter-final will see the two teams clash at a sold out Cooper Associates County Ground. Head Coach, Jason Kerr and Vitality Blast Captain, Lewis Gregory can’t wait to sample that atmosphere at Taunton once again.

Jason Kerr: “One of the most exciting things about the game is that we’ll be playing in front of a full house. The game sold out a long time ago and the anticipation and excitement are continuing to grow as we get closer to the game.”

Lewis Gregory: “There’s not much that’s better than playing in front of a full house in Taunton. It’s been a while since we were able to that, so everyone is looking forward to it. It’s a big game and hopefully we can put in a good performance.”

What is the mood like in the camp this week?

JK: “A huge strength of ours is the unity of the squad. The guys have had different experiences over the last few weeks, but it’s all been white-ball cricket. There have been some outstanding performances across the formats by the Somerset players over the last few weeks. We’ve got plenty of guys in good form, so there will be plenty of competition for places. I know for a fact that the players who have been away are really excited to get back and perform for Somerset.

“Everyone who’s been away has kept a close eye on what’s been going on with Somerset, and they know that there is going to be real competition for places. They know that they have to perform because the guys who came in made significant contributions.”

LG: “Everyone was back together today and the guys have been in good touch in both the Royal London Cup and the Hundred. It’s nice to be together again. Everyone will be training as hard as we can for the next few days and then we’ll go from there.”

What would it mean to the Club to qualify for Finals Day?

LG: “Those are the sort of days that we want to be competing in and it would mean a lot to be back at Edgbaston this year. I think we’ve got the squad and the calibre of players to make it there. Hopefully, we can do that and then put in two good performances on the day and come back with a trophy.”

JK: “To get to Finals Day would be huge. We’re on a little bit more of a journey with our T20 cricket, and to see the growth of the team through the competition so far has been exceptional. We’re starting to understand our formula and how we want to play as a team, and that really came to fruition towards the back end of the group stages. Finals Day would be a just reward for the hard work that everyone has put in and it would be fully deserved if we can get there.”

What about the opposition?

LG: “Every game between now and the end of the season is going to be tough. Lancashire have played some really good cricket to get to where they are, but so have we. The team that turns up and puts in a performance to warrant winning is going to be the team that goes through. Fingers crossed, that will be us.”

JK: “Lancashire have played some good cricket over the last few years in T20, and they’ve got some well-known names who perform well in the format, but cricket isn’t played on paper. The winner will be the team that delivers their skills and handles the occasion best on the day.

“We need to execute our skills and enjoy the day because it doesn’t get any better than winning in front of a full house at the Cooper Associates County Ground.”

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