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Jason full of praise for Lord's-bound squad

Head Coach, Jason Kerr was full of praise for his squad after victory over Worcestershire secured a place in the final of the Bob Willis Trophy.

Somerset topped the Central Group after four wins out of five saw the team claim 97 points.

Our opponents will be Essex at Lord’s later this month in the five-day final which will crown 2020’s domestic First Class champions.

“Obviously I’m delighted,” he said after the win at Blackfinch New Road. “I think we’ve been excellent in this format this season. Worcestershire provided us with our toughest test on a surface that challenged the bowlers. The players were outstanding again and as a team and a unit they’ve been brilliant.

“Tom Lammonby’s century was outstanding and for someone so young to show so much maturity and composure was great. His decision making was incredible and it was one of the best hundreds I’ve seen in a long time.

“I think we’ve been the standout team in our division and we would have won five out of five if it wasn’t for the rain.

“For obvious reasons this season is very different and there’s a lot more at stake in the world at the moment than just cricket, but I believe that what the lads have achieved and the dominance that they’ve shown in this competition means that they deserve to go to Lord’s and get the right result.

“As cricket management we pride ourselves on creating and building a team and we set ourselves incredibly high standards. It’s not about individuals and everyone has played their part this year.

“Craig Overton has led the attack brilliantly and he’s been supported equally as skillfully by Josh Davey, Jack Brooks, Lewis Gregory and Jamie Overton. You can’t achieve anything without your teammates. Yesterday was a great example of that. Tom Lammonby played brilliantly, but there were also significant contributions from others which allowed him to get to his century and ensured that the team got in to a winning position.”

How does Jason feel about facing Essex, the team who pipped Somerset for the First Division title last season?

“Essex have won the County Championship twice in recent years and are regarded as one of the best sides in the country, so I think it’s a fitting final.

“We’ve got the opportunity to challenge ourselves to raise our standards even further. Essex are a good side and we are really excited about this opportunity.

“To win a red-ball trophy at Lord’s would mean a hell of a lot to everyone associated with the Club.”

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