Jason's thoughts on 2020 fixtures

The fixtures for the 2020 season were revealed yesterday.

We sat down with Head Coach, Jason Kerr as he cast his eye over them.

We started off by discussing next year’s County Championship.

“To have that first Championship match at home is really important for us,” he said. “After a long winter that will certainly be something for our supporters to look forward to. The season is divided in to blocks again. The advantage of that is that the guys know what they need to be doing and when. There isn’t a huge amount of crossover. The modern-day player is used to adapting to different formats in a short space of time, but ultimately the fixtures look pretty well balanced.

“It’s well documented that we get brilliant support down here, but the number of weekend fixtures in the Championship will hopefully mean that we see some bigger crowds at the away grounds that we visit. Ultimately the guys want to be playing in front of as many people as possible and there’s no better place to do that than here in Taunton.

“The reality is that with ten teams in the top division we won’t be playing every team twice. You can talk about the merits of that but ultimately, it’s the same for every team and you have to play the opposition that is in front of you.”

Jason is looking forward to local derbies against Gloucestershire in red-ball cricket for the first time since 2007.

“It’s been a long time since we last played Gloucestershire in the Championship,” he said. “I was here the last time we played them in four-day cricket, and it will definitely have an edge to it. Whatever format we play Gloucestershire in, there will always be that rivalry. They’re a very well drilled side. Richard Dawson has done a really good job there and they’ve deservedly come up from Division Two. Hopefully we’ll be able to get the local bragging rights. Playing against them will certainly be a challenge, but it’s one we’re really looking forward to.”

Somerset won the Royal London Cup in 2019 and as Jason explains, the Club will be doing everything possible to win it again.

“To retain that trophy would mean everything,” he said. “It would certainly be a testament to the depth of the squad. There are some incredibly exciting and talented players here who haven’t played a lot of 50-over cricket who are more than capable of winning that competition. To win it again would mean a huge amount to the Club and to the individuals who will be given that opportunity.

“It’s exciting that we are getting to play some different opposition in the Royal London Cup this year. It will be good for the supporters to see different teams and different players. We’ve played the same teams for a few years now, so to see the likes of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire coming here in the 50-over competition gives us the opportunity to test ourselves against different sides that we haven’t played for a while.”

It’s a local derby that launches our Vitality Blast campaign in 2020, with Gloucestershire making the short journey down the M5 at the end of May.

Regarding this, Jason said: “To start the competition with a big local derby is brilliant. We know there will be a huge crowd here for that. We need to build and improve on last season because we were below par in the competition. We need to improve our performances. We’ve seen how exciting and entertaining T20 cricket is here, especially under lights and hopefully we can give our amazing Members and supporters something to cheer about.”

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