Johann looking to sign off in style

Vitality Blast Final’s Day at Edgbaston on Saturday will be a bitter sweet occasion for Johann Myburgh.

Although the day promises to be a spectacular occasion, it will also be the last time that Johann pulls on a Somerset shirt.

Once the weekend is over he will hang up his boots for good and head off with his family to Suffolk to take up his full-time post at Framlingham College.

In the five years since he joined Somerset, the 37-year-old has become hugely popular both on and off the field and has given his time generously to support events in the local community.

On the field he has proved to be a valuable asset. In the Specsavers County Championship Johann has scored over 1300 runs in 28 matches, whilst in List A cricket he has made 585 runs in 21 games. In T20 cricket he has scored over 1000 runs in his 46 games to date.

We spoke to him earlier this week and asked him how he was feeling about Finals Day.

“Saturday is going to be a special day for everyone,” he said. “To be part of a sold out Finals Day at Edgbaston with the possibility of winning the competition is very special for all the guys. I’m glad that I’m able to be a part of that and I’m looking forward to it.

“This will be one of the biggest crowds that I have played in front of. There will be a lot of noise but once you get out onto the pitch and into your routine you will be absorbed by what you want to do. First up that will be to get into the final and once you get there you want to win that.”

Johann also talked about the 2018 Vitality Blast campaign as a whole.

“Regardless of what happens on Saturday this has definitely been the most successful T20 campaign that I have played in at this club,” he said. “We’ve played a lot of good cricket and been a very dangerous side. We’ve been very brave but at the same time been very intelligent. There are so many people who can win matches from difficult positions, so we’re going into Finals Day with people thinking that we are a dangerous side. That will give us confidence.

“One of the big differences this season is that we have had lot of people who have stood up at various times to win matches with both bat and ball. The bowlers have done a superb job when they have been put under pressure and they have progressed as the competition has gone on.”

What does he think has been the stand out performance of the competition so far?

“For me it would be Lewis Gregory’s captaincy. As an older player, seeing how he has responded as a captain when he has had to make tough decisions has been impressive. The game is very quick and you have to make decisions in a very short space of time, so I’ve been very impressed by the way that he has led the team both on and off the field. He is still relatively young so this is very exciting and he can do the job for a number of years. First and foremost his performances on the field have been very good.

“It’s also good to see Jamie Overton starting to bowl like everyone expects him to.  He is certainly improving which is also exciting for the Club as well.

“There are so many guys who have done well with the bat, so to single anyone out would be tough. So many have put in match winning performances.”

Johann went on: “I’ve never played in a T20 Finals Day in England, so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve seen some of it on television, so I’m sure it will be very exciting to be a part of.

“Once we get there, the day will go by so quickly and we will all get caught up in the cricket. So once everything is done, which will hopefully be after we have lifted the trophy, we will all sit down and I’m sure that the emotions will kick in when we realize what has happened.”

Johann added: “Until then however, I would like to think that I will be focused on what it is I’m trying to do and that is to win the Vitality Blast for Somerset.

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