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Mixed emotions for Tom

Tom Abell had bitter-sweet emotions on Friday evening.

The Somerset Club Captain scored his maiden T20 century but ended up on the losing side s Middlesex pipped Somerset to a place in the Vitality Blast quarter-finals.

Talking after the match Tom said: “Even though I scored my first century in T20 cricket, the overriding emotion is obviously disappointment. We haven’t finished the competition well and it’s cost us.

“At times we have been really good in this competition, but at other times we have let ourselves down a little bit. I don’t think that we have achieved our potential in T20 this year.”

Tom paid tribute to the crowds who have once again turned out to cheer Somerset on.

“We have had great support right throughout the competition. Even against Middlesex when we were under the pump, the support we got was huge and it’s just a shame that we couldn’t get a quarter-final for our supporters.

“In all three disciplines there have been games when we have performed really well, but also games when we haven’t been at our best.

“We are a relatively young side and we have certainly learned from our experiences. I don’t think we have fulfilled our potential, but we will be better for it. We felt capable of doing something pretty special this year but that’s not quite happened for us.”

Regarding his maiden T20 century Tom said: “To be honest I wouldn’t have picked myself for the Second XI in this format at the start of the season! However, I’ve worked really hard behind the scenes with Jason Kerr, Paul Tweddle and Greg Kennis on my T20 batting and I’ve just been trying to find something that works for me.

“It obviously helps when the majority of the time you are coming in behind Babar and Tom Banton, who have got us off to great starts and allowed us to play with great freedom.

“It’s been a case of trying to find something that works for me and I’m happy when I’m contributing, but against Middlesex it wasn’t quite enough.

“I had shivers down my spine when I got to my 100, and it makes you feel very proud whenever you do it for your county. On a personal level it was a very special moment for me, especially in front of a sold-out crowd.”

Tom added: “As a team there have been some really exciting things to take from the Vitality Blast, especially with the bat. The way that Tom Banton has played has been absolutely phenomenal. He’s an incredible talent and the sky’s the limit for him.  Also, to see Eddie Byrom and Tom Lammonby come in and do well for us was great.”

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