Jason proud of his team

Despite the disappointment of missing out in the final of the Bob Willis Trophy, the overriding emotion in the Somerset camp is one of pride.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr was back at the Cooper Associates County Ground this morning and we sat down with him to reflect on the dramatic final.

“Obviously we’re all disappointed and there are a lot of emotions flying around which are still pretty raw,” he reflected. “Having said that, the overriding emotion is one of pride. Pride in the way that the guys have played this season and certainly in the way that they conducted themselves during the five days at Lord’s.

“For me, there is pride in our performances and the fact that we have improved on where we were last year. For me, arguably the best side in the competition didn’t get the result that they deserved. Essex are an outstanding team and Sir Alastair Cook played an outstanding innings which was arguably the difference.

“The players have been outstanding all season and if it wasn’t for the weather we’d have won five out of five in the group stage, and it was a hard fought draw at Lord’s in the final. It was an incredibly competitive game of cricket and neither side backed down. It was a true reflection of the two best teams in Division One.

“When I came into this job I wanted to create an environment that is about growth, whether that’s young players or senior players. It’s got to be about finding ways of improving, ensuring that they have a growth mindset and that they want to continually improve. The reflection at the end of very year is about how we can get better. For me we’ve done that as a unit. The way we’re operating and playing our cricket is fantastic.

“The skill levels and attitude levels are extremely high and the exciting thing is that we are improving every year. That gives us a great foundation to build on going in to next year, whatever that might look like. Confidence levels are high and we have young players who are that much more experienced now.”

Jason also had a message for the Somerset Members and supporters.

“There is no doubt that we are very aware of the incredible support we get, even when the fans aren’t able to attend the matches,” he said. “All the guys are on social media, so they know all about how fortunate we are to have such knowledgeable and passionate supporters.

“There’s no doubt about the fact that we also feel their frustration this week. I can assure everyone that no one is feeling the emotions of this weekend more than the players and the staff. We know that our supporters are on this journey with us and we are incredibly fortunate to get the support that we do get. There’s no doubt that county cricket is alive and kicking in the South West and we are very grateful for that.”

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