‘It’s ours to lose’ skipper Edness
We have to worry about ourselves and what we need to do to win the game instead of worrying about what they are doing. This according to Somerset skipper Jekon Edness.
With the eternal rivals set to do battle for the 2013 edition of Cup Match at Wellington Oval starting tomorrow, the stage is set for what could be a historic two-day spectacle.
Of key note, and what will be in the minds of both sets of fans, is that fact that St George’s made sweeping changes to the side that surrendered the trophy last summer, with four colts ready for their first taste of the classic at the expense of veteran players.
The captain of the champions, however, isn’t buying into the notion that they are weaker and the match will be easy, but rather making sure his troops are ready for the fight that is about to ensue.
“I think it is a young and exciting team on their side, but I’ve never thought going to St George’s would be a walkover because the game is played on the field,” said Edness.
“We want to go there, execute the game plan we set ourselves and bring the Cup back home with us.
“The winner will be the one who makes the least mistakes and makes the most of the chances that come their way.
“My job is to go out there and get the job done, keep the guys in the game regardless of what is going on.
“We picked a team that can win the game so we are pleased.”
Somerset have pinned their hopes for a successful title defence on the same nucleus of players who landed Cup Match glory nearly a year ago.
Defending the decision to select the same squad that dismantled the then champions in emphatic fashion last year at Somerset Cricket Club, the wicketkeeper/batsman said he wasn’t worried about complacency within the ranks.
One thing that won’t be decided until the morning is the way Somerset will go about defending the trophy. A final inspection of the pitch shortly before the first ball could decide tactics.
“We had a team good enough to win in Somerset and we feel it is good enough to win in St George’s as well. That’s our mindset, “ added the captain.
“There isn’t a concern about the wicket. We will take a look at it at the beginning of the game and decide the best options.
“The last time it was real close in St George’s, but the motivation for us is knowing that there have been 30 years since we last won there. We aren’t short of reasons to go and win the game.”