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Lewis in the form of his life

Lewis Gregory is currently enjoying a rich vein of form and over the last few weeks has produced a number of impressive performances with both bat and ball.

In the Specsavers County Championship this season the 26 year old, who hails from Plympton and made his debut for the County in 2010, has scored 394 runs, including three half centuries in his last four innings, as well as being Somerset’s leading wicket taker in the red ball competition with 30 at 27.73.

In the Vitality Blast, where he has captained the side to the Finals Day at Edgbaston, the Somerset Academy graduate has scored 321 runs at an average of 53.50 and taken 17 wickets at 30.88 apiece.

We sat down with Lewis this week to find out what he puts his run of good form down to.

“I don’t know really,” he said. “I guess being fully fit probably helps and with that comes having the confidence in my body to go out and do what I know is possible. Plus the whole team has got confidence flowing through them, so the guys help each other and go out and put performances in.

“The Vitality Blast has given the guys a lot of opportunity to go out and express themselves and play in a manner that is flowing and free. That’s the message we wanted to give and that’s transferred into the four-day stuff as well.

“To be honest, we’ve been playing some brilliant cricket throughout the whole year really, so to be able to go out there and put in performances across all formats has been really pleasing for me.”

In the recent Championship match against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley the all rounder scored 50 in each innings, the first time he has ever achieved that feat. He also took six wickets in the match to help Somerset to victory.

Looking back at his performance in the game he said: “That was definitely something I was pleased about. Any match where you contribute towards a win is very satisfying. There were a lot of other performances in the Yorkshire game that set it up for me to play in the way that I did, which is what we are doing at the moment. We have guys putting their hands up when they are needed.

“Hopefully I can continue with what I’m doing for another month and then I can put my feet up!”

In the light of his recent performances, does Lewis think of himself now as a genuine all rounder?

“I think more so in white ball cricket,” he said. “There are still things that I need to work out in my game in the Championship with the bat. That will put me where I want to be in order to put in the performances that I know I’m capable of.

“In white ball cricket I know what I’m trying to do a lot more and throughout this year I’ve shown that more than I have in the past. It’s very nice to put in those performances and keep on improving throughout the years and contribute towards winning games of cricket for Somerset.

“As a sportsman you want to be the person putting in performances to win games and being the indispensible guy. To be fair we’ve got a few of them in the side at the moment, which is quite nice.”

What has been his best match so far?

After some thought Lewis said: “I guess my performance at Headingley would be my stand-out game this season in terms of an all round contribution with bat and ball in both innings. I’d done it with either bat or ball before but the game against Yorkshire was my most complete in four-day cricket to date.

“I’ll just keep on going out and doing what I’m doing and hopefully it’ll be good enough to help us win some more games.”

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