Lewis Goldsworthy has agreed to keep Somerset Members and supporters up to date with everything that is happening behind the scenes at the Cooper Associates County Ground this season by providing this website with a monthly diary.
Here is the first installment:
It was good to get the lads back together after a few weeks off at the end of the season. I think that break was important, and I used the time to go back home and see my family and friends. I enjoyed the time off, but you do miss being at the CACG. You want to get back out there on the field, and we’ve now come back, and everyone is looking to hit the ground running. The lads are all really dedicated and have been getting stuck right in.
It’s been a long winter and I’ve been doing quite a bit of gym work, plenty of running sessions and a lot of work in the nets. It’s been nice seeing everyone again, and we can’t wait for the season to start.
I quite enjoy this time of the year because it gets you ready to go for the season. It’s really important to put the effort in now so that you are robust enough to make it through the duration of the season. You need to be in the best shape possible for the start of the season.
In my down time I’ve been playing a lot of table tennis and darts with the lads. In fact, Brooksie just beat me 3-2 which I’m not too happy about!
Everything seems to have happened really quickly for me. It wasn’t that long ago that I was playing for the Second XI and then I was playing regularly out here at the Cooper Associates County Ground. At the time it was quite surreal. Now that I’ve had time to reflect on everything, I still can’t really believe how much First Team cricket I played. I’ve certainly not had a season like that before and I loved every minute of it. It was a brilliant year, but we were all gutted at the end with how things went in the Vitality Blast final. For us to get that far with such a young squad was a really good effort and hopefully we can kick on from that in the future.
We set ourselves very high standards and therefore it was seen as a bit of a disappointing season even though we got to the T20 final and were in division one of the Championship. That’s not too bad when you think about it, but silverware is what we’re looking for and hopefully we can achieve that this year.
We want to be competitive in all formats this year. With the squad that we have, we should be competing for every trophy. I think we showed glimpses of what we are capable of last year and we just need to kick on from there. There’s no point standing still and thinking that we’re good enough. You are never good enough because you have to keep improving. You have to get better in every session, and you have to get better every season. Hopefully, we can start the season well and we’ll see what happens.
There’s a really good atmosphere in the camp at the moment and we’re really excited about the signings that we’ve made. Matt Renshaw was great when he was here before, and he really stamped his authority on the County game. I’m certainly not looking forward to facing Peter Siddle in the nets, if I’m honest but he’s a brilliant signing for us. Hopefully, they can help us bring success to the Club.
We’re also excited about going away for pre-season. This will be my first pre-season tour and I can’t wait.
Keep an eye on the website for the second installment in March.