Lewis ready for Finals Day

Lewis Gregory has been an inspirational captain for Somerset in this year’s Vitality Blast.

The all rounder has led from the front with major contributions with both bat and ball and now his side are just two victories away from bringing silverware back to Taunton.

The 26-year-old, who comes from Plympton and graduated through the Somerset Academy, shared his thoughts with us ahead of Finals Day at Edgbaston.

“To be leading Somerset out at Edgbaston on Saturday is really exciting and I’m hugely proud,” he said. “Although I led the side in a few games last year, this is my first proper stint as captain in this format. It’s been both tough and exciting at the same time.

“The guys have all been brilliant throughout. To put in the performances that we have and to be able to beat a lot of very good sides convincingly is testament to the quality that we have in the squad. Now we’ve got two more games to win to do the job properly.

“Over the last few years we haven’t been involved in too many Finals Days, so there will be a lot of guys who haven’t experienced the sort of pressure that goes with that. I’ve got every faith in them to go out there and do what’s needed. We’ve got a very talented squad and the confidence is flowing for everyone in all formats.”

Which game has given Lewis the mast satisfaction as a Captain?

“That would be the last match against Notts in the quarter-final. During this campaign we’ve had some wins from positions that we shouldn’t have won games from, and things weren’t looking too good for us in the Notts game.

“However, in those high profile games you need a couple of players to step up, and that’s what we’ve had throughout the whole of this year’s competition. When we’ve needed people to put their hand up and put in a performance to get us over the line somebody has done it. That win over Notts in a high pressure situation was pretty special from the lads.

“We wanted to go into this competition and play with a lot of freedom and that’s what we’ve been doing. The batsmen ahead of us have gone out and set it up for the likes of Cory Anderson and myself to go and do what we have done. It’s been a hugely rewarding year so far.”

What about facing Sussex in the semi-final?

“They are a very good T20 team with potentially one of the best attacks in the whole competition. We’re going to have to step up and counteract that. However, equally I think that we have got one of the best batting line-ups in the competition, so it’s going to be a big match. We’ve already beaten them once this year and put in a really strong performance at their place, so hopefully we can go and do the same on Saturday.

“Our supporters have been fantastic throughout the season and the crowds have been rocking at all our home matches. That really does help and the buzz that the guys out in the middle get from it is massive.”

The skipper added: “Hopefully we can win two more games to top off the season at Edgbaston on Saturday.”

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