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Tim impressed by team effort in 2018

Now that the dust has settled on the 2018 cricket season, Tim Groenewald is in reflective mood.

Whilst it was a good season for the Club, Tim missed a large part of the campaign through injury.

Despite his personal disappointment, Tim is delighted that Somerset performed so well this year and was impressed by the way that everyone in the squad played their part.

“Everyone put in the hard yards together and everyone contributed to victories across the year,” he said. “That’s the most pleasing thing, because it’s not just been a case of one or two guys putting their hand up every week, everyone played a massive part. If you look at the stats across all the competitions, the wickets were really shared around this year. This shows how well everyone performed in order for us to get as many bowling points as we did.

“This year we played cricket that showed that we can win trophies. We went close this year and we’ll strive to improve and we’ll be pushed hard. We will be set new challenges and new goals and I’m sure we’ll build on this. Everyone is determined to go that extra mile and win a trophy for the Club and our supporters. It’s been too long and our squad is too talented not to go the whole way.”

Tim suffered a groin injury during the campaign which saw him miss a large part of the season.

“It was hugely frustrating for me,” he said. “The injury put a bit of a dampener on things but that’s part and parcel of sport and you have to deal with it. Hopefully the injury is behind me now and we can move on.”

It was made all the more frustrating because Tim believes that he was playing his best cricket for Somerset since joining the Club in 2014.

“I think I was playing the best cricket that I’ve played for Somerset. I felt in a really good place going in to the season. I had a lot of confidence and I felt really backed by the Club, the coaches, the Captain and the players. That put me in a good place and I think that showed on the field.

“Hopefully I’ll feel like that again at the start of the new season and hit the ground running.”

What did Tim put his good form down to?

“I get on really well with Andy Hurry (Director of Cricket) and Jason Kerr (Head Coach) and I think that they are the right guys to take the Club forward. I feel really supported by them and they gave me a lot of confidence. They instilled a lot of confidence in the group and that was clear to see at the start of the season. There was a great feel about the place and what we had worked on just seemed to click.”

Tim puts some of Somerset’s success in 2018 down to the impact that the overseas players made.

“They were massive for us. I have to say that when we signed Matt Renshaw I wasn’t sure what we were going to get. I’d seen him play on tv a few times and he seemed like the kind of guy who would try and bat all day for us and get a 250-ball hundred. He seemed like quite a quiet character and I couldn’t have been more wrong on either count! He was brilliant in the dressing room. He was full of life and was a real character.

“The way he came out and batted in the first few matches really took the game to the opposition. Those were some of the best knocks you will ever see in April in England. The conditions were helpful for the bowlers and everyone else seemed to struggle, but he came over and made a big impact for us. Credit for that has to go to Andy Hurry and Jason Kerr for signing him and all the overseas players too. Everyone who came in was absolutely brilliant both on and off the field this year. They were all absolutely world class and that just shows that the people in charge are making the right decisions for the Club.”

What does the winter have in store for Tim?

“I’m heading back to South Africa where I’ve got a coaching job at a school. I’ll be doing that during the winter, but I’ll be back in Taunton for two weeks in December to touch base and do some training. Then I’ll head back to South Africa before returning to Somerset in February.”

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