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Old 9th April 2007, 08:08   #1
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The Somerset Thread

With Tres starting the season are their chances now on the up?

So have we any Somerset fans who can bring us up to speed?

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Old 10th April 2007, 09:33   #2
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I think the prospects generally look good for Somerset this season. The batting looks very strong if Trescothick plays for a considerable period of time and they have recruited well to strengthen the bowling - Phillips, Turner and Jones give them lots more depth compared to last season.

However, there were a couple of negatives that I heard on Sunday whilst watching the Devon game - Willoughby is apparantly having problems with his visa and isn't in the country yet, whilst Phillips is out for 4-6 weeks having been injured in the Worcs friendly last week.

I would imagine they will push hard for the 2nd promotion spot in the Championship and stand a decent chance of success in one of the one-day comps. But hopefully they won't beat Gloucestershire too much!
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Old 13th April 2007, 22:29   #3
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Oh for christ's sake... just spent half an hour writing lodes about the Somerset players.. just for me to time out when posting it.. I'll try and redo it.

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Old 15th April 2007, 18:18   #4
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Oh for christ's sake... just spent half an hour writing lodes about the Somerset players.. just for me to time out when posting it.. DAMN!

I'm going to try that line meself. Welcome to the board.
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Old 15th April 2007, 21:34   #5
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Somerset have the ability to be No. 1, and with even better players this year its a real possibility. I'll try an outline (second attempt) the somerset team, brace with me (in no particular order, maybe a bit, but still random).

The letters before their names stand for stances, here is the key.
Batting:
RHB = Right Hand bat
LHB = Left Hand bat

Bowling/Fielding:
RF = Right arm fast
LF = Left arm fast
RFM = Right arm fast medium
LFM = Left arm fast medium
RMF = Right arm medium fast
LMF = Left arm medium fast
RM = Right arm medium
LM = Left arm medium
SLA = Slow left arm (Left arm version of off spin)
CHI = Chinaman (Left arm version of leg spin)
OS = Off-Spin
LS = Leg-Spin
WK = Wicket Keeper

Kolpak = They don't count as an oversea's player. This happens when they say they are not eligable to play for their own country, whether it be retired, or they can't be arsed.

(LHB, RM) Marcus E. Trescothick - England opening batsman. Marcus Trescothick is a suprise bonus package for Somerset this season, he is England's best ODI batsman along with Kevin Pietersen. (Possibly a tad better than KP). So, you get the point that he's good. He also had the 2nd highest average in the 2005 ashes. He's a very consistent test batsman, unless he's in bad form.

(Oversea's) (LHB) Justin L. Langer - Ex. Australian opening batsman. He averaged the highest of the Australian batsmen in the 2005 ashes. He is Somerset's new captain this season, and with a club record innings of 342 last season... he's obviously going to be good for the county.

(RHB) Neil J. Edwards - Opening batsman. Neil Edwards last season was a player at the top of the 2nd XI's for Somerset. He did play for the Somerset 1st's at the end for a test, but didn't make much of an impact. But in the Pre-season friendly against Loughborough university, he made an astonishing 212. This might be a sign for him to star in Somerset more offen this season, unfortunately opening batsmen for Somerset are aplenty, he'll have a hard job with the likes of Trescothick, Langer, Francis etc.

(LHB, SLA) John D. Francis - (Another) Opening batsman. John Francis is a left handed batsman who's domestic career has been rather iffy. He can be consistent, but he has never got any really high scores.

(RHB, RM) James C. Hildreth - Middle Order batsmen (England Sub). James Hildreth came to Somerset with a bang, a century against Worcestershire (which the attack contained Shoaib Akhtar) made him quite a regular in the team, he is a good consistent batsman, making quite a few big scores, he made an outstanding 227 not out vs. Leicestershire at the end of last season. He also got called up as an England Sub. In one of the 2005 ashes tests, he came on, and caught out Ricky Ponting.

(RHB, SLA) Arul V. Suppiah - All-rounder. Arul Suppiah is a young talent for Somerset, he is very good with the bat with a highest score of 99, he has a talent for getting out in the 90's a lot. He also is a good slow left arm bowler.

(LHB, SLA) Ian D. Blackwell - In and out England ODI all-rounder. Ian Blackwell has an amazing domestic record, to go with an absolute abysmal international record, after his astonishing knock of 86 in the quarter/semi final of some one day trophy, when Somerset got a victory nowhere, he got an England call up. About a month later it was all history.

(RHB, RM) Peter D. Trego - All-rounder. Peter Trego is an excellent batsman, hitting quite a few centuries. He also is a very handy bowler, maybe only right arm medium, but he is very accurate. The first time I watched him bowl was when he delivered ball, which got hit right past him, after he failed to field off his own bowling and the ball went whistling past, I heard him shout live 'SH*T!'. Commentators ignored it though.

(RHB, WK) Sam H. P. Spurway - Somerset suprise Wicket keeper for the end of last season, replacing the out of form Carl Gazzard. I didn't see him bat much, but he looked quite capable. His Wicket keeping is not too shabby either.

(RHB, RFM) Andy R. Caddick - Ex. England bowler. A underestimated bowler for England, he once took 4 wickets in an over against the West Indies, and also, in his last test (in the 2003 ashes, Australia were 4-0 up and looking for a 5-0 whitewash) his incredible spell of bowling, getting him a 7 wicket-haul sealed victory for England.

(Kolpak) (LHB, LFM) Charl Willoughby - Ex. South African bowler. An excellent bowler, who's ability to swing it both ways deeply troubles the batsman. His international record with South Africa was below average unfortunately, but his domestic career is excellent.

(RHB, OS) Wesley Durston - Middle order batsman. A quite consistant middle order batsman, Wesley Durston often gets Somerset out of troublesome situations. He also is a part time off spin bowler, getting a few wickets last season.

(Oversea's) (RHB, LS) Cameron L. White - Australian Middle order ODI batsman. His form last season was immense, smashing centuries and double centuries everywhere, he got a call up to Australia in the commonwealth bank series, with a highest of 49 not out, his form was out of sorts.

(RHB, RMF) Rob J. Woodman - An OK all rounder. Rob Woodman is an in and out sort of guy, he is stronger in batting I believe, but doesn't star of Somerset offen.

(RHB, LS) Michael K. Munday - A Leg spinner. Michael Munday played for Oxford university and took a 5er which got him into Somerset, unfortunately his bowling at Somerset hasn't been that great.

(RHB, RM/RMF) Keith A. Parsons - All-rounder. A very senior member of the Somerset team, bowls not as much anymore as he did in his youth, but still bats and stars in the Somerset team quite frequently.

(RHB) Matthew J. Wood - Opening batsman. Another excellent opening batsman from Somerset, with a highest score of 297, he definitely is a key part of the group.




All the other players I don't have a clue of... I think thats enough info at this point.

P S Jones
B J Phillips
M L Turner
C Kiestwetter
R J H Lett
R T Timms

Don't know these guys, many of them have just come.

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Old 15th April 2007, 21:34   #6
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There we go, took 45 minutes actually.
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Old 15th April 2007, 23:48   #7
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Great overview Lordz....but why is Cullen in that list?
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Let's be honest, Somerset do have a pretty awful side...
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Old 16th April 2007, 10:55   #9
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You support Hampshire you don't know them much.

Dan Cullen I wasn't so sure about. He was an oversea's player last year.

And because I though Langer was under the Kolpac rule he was still in with Cameron White. I just checked and he wasn't there, must of left.
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Old 16th April 2007, 10:58   #10
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Cullen has definitely left.

Langer and White are the overseas players. Willoughby is Kolpak, along with the young wicket-keeper Kieswetter.

By the way, you must have had last year's list - they've added Ben Phillips, Mark Turner and Steffan Jones to the bowling, which makes the squad a lot stronger. Also, Keith Parsons is still there.
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Old 16th April 2007, 11:05   #11
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I know that, hence at the end saying a lot of other people who have just come who I don't know about.

I don't have last year's list, I just did from memory.

Parsons I forgot about.

Cullen has left I think yeah.

Extended the list with Matthew Wood and Keith Parsons.

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Somerset bowling has not done that well, Richard Johnson left unfortunately .
* = Not out

Middlesex 600-4 (157 Overs)
Batting:
Owais Shah 193
Ben Godleman 113*
David Nash 100*

Bowling:
Peter Trego 1-48
Ian Blackwell 1-88
Steffan Jones 1-109

Somerset 850-7 (178.3 Overs)
Batting:
Justin Langer 315
Peter Trego 130
James Hildreth 116


Bowling:

M Kartik 4-168
C Silverwood 2-125
T Murtagh 1-147

2nd Innings

Middlesex 209-2 (52 Overs)

E Smith 103*
Owais Shah 72*
N Compton 15

Bowling:

Ian Blackwell 1-34
Andy Caddick 1-54

Middlesex drew with Somerset.

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Somerset could yet put Middlesex under a bit of pressure tomorrow if they manage to get a bit of a lead. It does look like a typical Taunton run-fest but you never know. Will pop down there tomorrow morning - at least you can rely on Taunton games to go into the Saturday when you're working during the week!
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It's away for Somerset I think.. plsu Hildreth just got out.
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It's away for Somerset I think...
No, definitely Taunton. My Dad's there as I speak (wish I was). Langer still going strong - I dread to think how many runs he's going to make this season.
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7 wickets in 2 and a half days confirm that it's taunton.
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Looks as if Middlesex's efforts to rebuild thier attack are paying off.
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Hmm, Justin Langer one 217 not out, he hit Somerset's record of 342 last season.. could he beat that? Cameron White still playing well at 67 not out.
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Somerset v Glamorgan (50 Over match)
* = Not out

Somerset 310-9 (50 Overs)

C Kieswetter 69*
Cameron White 54
James Hildreth 42

Bowling:

Simon Jones 3-56
R Croft 2-54
A Wharf 2-66

Glamorgan 286-8 (50 Overs)

M Powell 69
D Hemp 48
B Wright 40

Bowling:

Peter Trego 4-54
James Hildreth 1-8
Andy Caddick 1-45

Somerset won by 24 runs

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