Jason praises players after two-day win

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr was full of praise for his side following their two-day Bob Willis Trophy victory at Northamptonshire this weekend.

“To wrap the game up in two days is outstanding from the lads,” he said. “Especially given the position that we were in on day one.”

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Somerset slipped to 96 for seven before Jack Brooks again provided some lower order resistance. Jason believes that the eventual first innings total was extremely important to the outcome of the game.

“The contributions and partnerships that eventually got us to 166 were vital,” he explained. “They seem quite small from a numerical point of view but they were extremely significant within the context of the game.┬áIf you look at the partnership between Tom Banton and James Hildreth, we were seven for three when they came together. They took us to nearly 40 just before lunch and in the context of the game that was significant.

“We bowled them out for 67, so to make 166 against a First Class attack was a very decent effort.”

Jason was particularly impressed by his bowlers over the course of the two days.

“To be batting again at the end of day one after bowling them out for 67 was a fantastic position to be in. All the bowlers were outstanding. They are all playing their part, hunting in packs and doing their job very well.”

The Overton twins have been in the news recently and Jason has been impressed with their performances in the opening two fixtures.

“If there’s anyone bowling better than Craig at the moment in this country then I’d be amazed,” he said. “He’s really at the peak of his powers right now. He’s hitting the crease hard, bowling quickly, getting lateral movement both ways and it’s fantastic to see.

“Jamie doesn’t know how to not give 100%. He’s always been like that and I’m sure he will continue in that way. He’s really enjoying his cricket right now and you can see that coming to the fore. He’s bowling beautifully and he’s influencing games with both the bat and the ball. His innings certainly helped to change the game yesterday. For him to get his highest First Class score under that kind of pressure was fantastic and it gave us a lot of momentum. Things always happen when he bowls and I’m really pleased for him.”

Jack Brooks is currently topping the Somerset batting averages, and his impressive displays with the bat have come as no surprise to those at the Club.

“We know that he’s got great hand-eye coordination and he puts a lot of work in to his batting,” explained Jason. “He certainly enjoys it and the situations have allowed him the freedom to go out there an express himself. He’s batting really nicely and we can’t underestimate how important the partnerships he’s been involved in have been. Since we’ve been back, he’s got the confidence back in his bowling too and he’s now transferring that into the game. He’s bowling beautifully.”

That’s two comprehensive victories in the Bob Willis Trophy for Somerset now, but Jason isn’t looking any further ahead than the next fixture against Warwickshire which begins on Saturday.

“Now it’s important to regroup and refresh. I’ll be making sure that the guys concentrate on the processes that we need to go through ahead of the trip to Warwickshire at the weekend. Edgbaston is a place where we had success last year, so we’ll be looking to repeat that again this year.”

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