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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Somerset LaLaLa
Date: 08/04/2019 20:05
Starting the game on Saturday as favourites to win, but somewhat losing that position, today's performance was as amazing as any of last year's great home victories (e.g. Essex). However, this time Jack Leach only had a cameo appearance on the field and Lewis Gregory was the bowler who always looked like taking a wicket.

Somerset have not lost at home for some considerable period (passing quickly over the covers problem with Surrey) and have won many of these encounters through batting first. The squad is mostly the same with what appears a desire to win as strong as ever.

Therefore, we should discuss challenging for the championship again and not be preoccupied with the relegation spot. It was Kent whose batting looked the more fragile, they needed a 'Renshaw moment' today and he didn't turn up. Not for very long anyhow. Fortunately ours came in the name of George Bartlett.

Given fortress Taunton, the strength of our bowling including Tom Abell, those quality bowlers who didn't play and excellent slip fielding (despite an entertaining fumble at the end today), I too have concerns about our batting options. Against Lancs last season we should have won and are still vulnerable.

If we don't have an 'Azhar Ali' moment then we have great strength in Hildreth, Abell, Davies, Tres, Byrom and Bartlett (though not always at the same time). However, the reinvigorated Notts and Hants bat in depth as well. The England test stars will make a few more runs for their counties. Besides Surrey have not even played competitively yet but remain formidable in all departments

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