Rejuvenated Somerset aim to extend unbeaten run
Rejuvenated Somerset will be keen to build upon their good run of form in the Athene T20 League Premier Division when they travel to Lord’s to face Cleveland County tomorrow.
Jeff Richardson’s team are on a two-game unbeaten streak having prevailed against Warwick and Western Stars to climb out of the relegation zone.
“That was the first time we have been able to have a consistent XI,” Richardson told The Royal Gazette
.“We have struggled for players throughout the season —school, work commitments for whatever reason.
“However, the last few weeks we have been able to maintain a consistent level as far as a numbers are concerned.”
The former Western Stars and Somerset Cup Match batter also credits the good change of fortune to his players for demonstrating the commitment lacking earlier in the campaign.
“We had a meeting a couple of weeks ago where all the players were able to vent their concerns and stuff,” Richardson added.
“Obviously, I had my concerns about player commitment and player performance and I basically put it in their hands that you guys are friends on and off the field, so you guys need to get together and sort it out.
“I think this [unbeaten run] is the result that guys have stood up and taken responsibility for their performance and realised that it has not been good enough.”
Jordan DeSilva, the Somerset captain, is equally delighted by the transformation that has been made in recent weeks.
“We struggled throughout the 50 overs but T20 is a different game and a bit more luck,” he said. “We had two wins and did not give up 100 runs in either, and so the bowling is coming along and the batting as well.”
Somerset were due to face title contenders Bailey’s Bay at Sea Breeze Oval today.
However, the Bermuda Cricket Board announced yesterday that all First Division and and Premier Division T20 matches slated for today and have been cancelled owing to Hurricane Fiona and will not be played.
The cancellation has effectively brought the First Division campaign to a premature end as today would have been the final round of the competition.
Unbeaten St David’s clinched the league title and second place Willow Cuts the remaining promotion spot up for grabs last weekend.
Tomorrow’s round of Premier Division matches will go ahead as scheduled, the BCB confirmed.
Unbeaten leaders St George’s will host Western Stars at Wellington Oval while second-placed Bailey’s Bay will do battle with Southampton Rangers at Sea Breeze Oval.
Cleveland will then face Southampton Rangers at Lord’s, Bailey’s Bay will host St George’s in a top-of-the-table clash at Sea Breeze Oval while Western Stars face Warwick at Wellington Oval.
The first games of the Premier Division double-header start at 10.30am, with the second matches to follow at 2.30pm.