Lewis looks back at the 2018 Vitality Blast: Part One

Somerset Vitality Blast Captain, Lewis Gregory has enjoyed a successful 2018 season.

The 26-year-old played in 33 matches across all three formats, scoring almost 900 runs and taking over 60 wickets.

His impressive form during the 2018 season has seen him receive a call up to the England Lions squad.

We caught up with Lewis a few days ago to discuss his season.

Here is Part One:

Given your injury problems in 2017, what were your thoughts going in to 2018?

“After last winter we weren’t sure how fit I would be or how much cricket I’d be able to play. To be able to play as much as I did is testament to the surgeon, Joel Tratt (SCCC Head of Strength & Conditioning), Jamie Thorpe (SCCC Head of Science & Medicine) and all the guys who have put a lot of work in on my behalf.

“It’s been really nice to have such a good season, and to cap it off with a Lions selection is really good. It’s a proud moment for me to be picked for the England Lions. I was picked a few years ago, but that was scuppered by injury.”

How did you feel when you were given the Vitality Blast captaincy?

“Being asked to captain the T20 side this year was a very proud moment for me. It was also very exciting to be able to lead such a talented group of players in this years competition.”

How do you think the team performed this year?

“The way that we played throughout the season and the way that we went about it made it easy for me. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for us at Finals Day but that’s something for us to build on for next year.

“I guess that it was a disappointing but pleasing season at the same time. I think we played some amazing cricket throughout the campaign and made real strides in the way we went about our T20 cricket.

“There are still some areas that we can improve on, and we will be looking at those over the winter.”

What was it like to lead the side out at Finals Day?

“Of course it was really pleasing for us all to get to Finals Day and it was a really good campaign, but there’s a rather bitter taste left with how we performed at Edgbaston.

“We’re here to win trophies, and while it was a good campaign it wasn’t quite good enough. Over the winter we’ll be looking to improve and get better so that we can enjoy success at the end of 2019 and bring the silverware home.”

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