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Somerset confident of reclaiming title

Michael Corday is confident Somerset can reclaim the trophy from champions St George’s at the first opportunity during tomorrow’s Colts Cup Match at Wellington Oval.

The chairman of Somerset’s selectors believes the challengers have the right chemistry and quality in their squad to achieve their primary objective.

“I think it’s a well-balanced team and if you look throughout that team there’s a lot of talented, young cricketers in that team,” Corday said. “I think it’s a very competitive team and I know St George’s will have a competitive team as well, so this should be a very good Colts Cup Match.”

Corday said his club had an abundance of players trying to force their way into the team.

“We have guys that are waiting to get into that team that are chomping at the bit,” he added. “We just have too many good young players who are a little bit older then they are so obviously they are going to have to wait their turn.

“I don’t want anybody to get disappointed and impatient. And we have spoken to them and they all understand what it’s all about.”

Ryan Steede, the St George’s coach, could not be reached for comment. St George’s beat Somerset by three wickets in a low-scoring match at Somerset last year to regain the cup.

Charles Trott, the St George’s captain, led his team from the front as he claimed two wickets and stroked an unbeaten 45 to earn man-of-the-match accolades.

He also featured in a vital 53-run sixth wicket partnership with Isaiah Greaves, who made 23, that provided the impe for the then challenger’s successful run chase.

Trott made his Cup Match debut four days later with Greaves having been appointed as the captain of St George’s Colts Cup Match team in his absence.

Somerset will again be led by captain Isaiah Richardson, who is the brother of former club Cup Match captain Jacobi Robinson who now serves on Somerset’s selection committee.

The open format encounter will commence tomorrow at 11am.