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Paul casts his eye over the opposition

With Somerset’s Royal London Cup campaign set to get underway on Sunday, we caught up with Head Coach, Paul Tweddle to discuss our opponents in this year’s group stage.

Derbyshire

“It’s been a long time since the sides have met in this competition. They are a good white-ball outfit and they will be a tough opponent with quality in their side.

“They’ve had a period of isolation, so I am sure they will be really excited and raring to go.”

Glamorgan

“We’ve had some really good games against Glamorgan. 2019 was a particularly close encounter and we were able to build some good momentum following that game at Sophia Gardens.

“They’re well disciplined in what they do and they’ve got some quality performers in this format. We are fully expecting them to be a difficult opponent. We’ve played them a lot over the years so they’ll have a good understanding of what we do, but that works both ways.”

Nottinghamshire

“The game is being played at Welbeck rather than at Trent Bridge, and I’m it will be a great occasion. I have no doubt that it will be well attended and you get that festival atmosphere at outgrounds.

“We’re all looking forward to playing there and I’m sure that Pete Trego will be up for the game against his old Club. He’s a very experienced and quality 50-over performer who knows what we’re about, but we also know a lot about him, so it should be an interesting encounter.”

Yorkshire

“One of the exciting elements of this competition is that we get to play against some teams that we don’t normally face. It will be really interesting to see what these teams will bring, and it means that we have to do our research really well. Ahead of that game we will know exactly what Yorkshire are all about.

“they are another good side with a great tradition and we are all looking forward to playing them at the Cooper Associates County Ground.”

Surrey

“During this competition, a number of players will be going to grounds that they’ve never been to before. It’s important that they understand what playing at somewhere like the Oval brings. It’s a venue with a lot of history and hopefully the guys can put in a quality performance like those who have gone before them. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our players to show what they can do against a quality side at a great venue.”

Northamptonshire

“Northants are traditionally a strong white-ball outfit and they play an attacking brand of cricket. We have to be aware of that if we’re to be successful.

“It’s somewhere we haven’t been in awhile in this format and it’s a game that I’m looking forward to.”

Leicestershire

“They are another side who are strong in white-ball cricket and Paul Nixon has got them very well drilled in all areas.

“They’ve put in some really strong performances this year. It should be an entertaining game and we are looking forward to hosting them.”

Warwickshire

“Edgbaston is another great ground to go to. The facilities are great and it’s somewhere where a lot of domestic and international cricket has been played over the years. It’s important for us to be respectful of that but also to see this as an opportunity to put in a match winning performance at a Test match ground.”

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