Jason hopeful that Lewis will be fit to face Notts

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr is hopeful that Lewis Gregory will be fit to to lead Somerset against Notts Outlaws in Sunday’s sell-out Vitality Blast quarter-final at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The all-rounder sustained a groin injury in the thrilling Specsavers County Championship win over Essex this week and did not bowl on the final day.

Regarding his Vitality Blast Captain, Jason said: “Lewis will be working with our physiotherapist over the next couple of days but there is still a good chance that he will face Notts. It would be a blow losing him because he has had a phenomenal group campaign, playing brilliantly and leading the team really well.”

“We have an England player as a potential replacement in Craig Overton, but I’d be very disappointed for Lewis if he couldn’t lead the team out on such a big occasion.”

Understandably, Jason is keen to once again field the team that has been so impressive during the campaign with very little alteration in personnel.

“We have backed players even through temporary lapses in form because they don’t become bad overnight,” he said. “Each of them had shown his quality at some stage of the group campaign. There will be a fantastic atmosphere and we have players like Peter Trego, who thrive on big crowds and important games. We’ve also got Johann Myburgh who is coming to the end of his career and wants to go out on a high.

“The message to all the players from me will be that these games are there to be enjoyed, so go out and relish every moment.”




What does Jason think of Sunday’s opponents?

“Alex Hales is one of the best in the world,” he said. “Notts have adopted a similar policy to our own in packing the side with batsmen who can clear the ropes. However, we have Corey Anderson who has batted superbly for us. Plus we have a team who work incredibly hard and trust each other as cricketers. We have huge respect for Notts, but we know that at our best we can beat anyone in T20 this season.

“There is a tremendous feel-good factor about the Club at the moment with fantastic support, and we can use that buzz to our advantage on Sunday.”

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