Jason pleased with two-division structure

It was announced last week that the LV= Insurance County Championship will return to a two-division competition in 2022.

Somerset will compete in the 10-team Division One, whilst Division Two will feature eight teams.

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr believes that this is the right move.

“I think that the pre-Covid, two-division setup is the best format for the competition,” he said when we spoke to him earlier today. “It’s conducive to the best team over a sustained period of time winning the title.

“The conference system certainly served a purpose, especially in 2020 when it was excellent that we were able to play some cricket, but over the course of a 14-game season you want to know that the best team in the country is going to come out on top.

“Extending the top division to 10 teams obviously means that you won’t play every team twice, but that’s the nature of the beast. Everyone knows what they’re getting into at the start of the year.”

With cricket, and indeed the rest of the word, returning to some kind of normality, Jason also took the time to look back on a turbulent two years.

“It’s been an incredibly challenging time for so many people,” he said. “We’ve been so fortunate to be able to play cricket and there are a lot of people behind the scenes who got us playing. They deserve a lot of credit. Hopefully, we were able to bring some joy to our Members and supporters. It was certainly an emotional moment when crowds returned to the Cooper Associates County Ground.”

After a long season, the players and coaches are currently taking a short break, as Jason explained.

“The guys are taking a well-deserved break at the moment, but it won’t be long before we’re all back in getting ready to challenge in all three formats next year. The support staff have worked incredibly hard again this year. They’ve given a huge amount of time, effort and support to the players and we’re already in discussions about how we can ensure that we hit the ground running in 2022. We know that we need to improve on the things that we did last year, and we also need to make our strengths stronger.”

Several Somerset players will be involved in competitive cricket this winter, and Jason is delighted that so many of the squad are receiving the recognition that they deserve.

“It’s great for Jack and Craig to be in the Ashes squad and I’m pleased that they are getting recognition for what they’ve both been doing over a number of years. Every time Jack has played for England, he’s been outstanding, and Craig showcased how well he’s bowling in the Tests he played this summer, and he thoroughly deserves this opportunity.

“I think Tom Abell is quite unlucky not to be on that ‘plane because his growth as a person and a player has been phenomenal again this year. Hopefully, he can showcase his skills with the Lions and in the Big Bash.

“It’s also great that Will Smeed, Tom Banton and Marchant de Lange will be involved with the Abu Dhabi T10 competition. It will be a great experience for them, as it will be for Roelof van der Merwe and Josh Davey in the World Cup.”

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