Four key players in the Somerset cricket side
Every year we have people visit our Somerset holiday cottages who are cricket lovers.
That’s because for many people the county is synonymous with the sound of leather on willow, and a stay at Duddings Country Cottages represents not only the chance to spend time in secluded Exmoor but also the chance to see some first class cricket.
We’ve mentioned before how the West Somerset Cricket league is thriving on Exmoor, but for most people it’s the county side, based in Taunton, that is the real draw.
So ahead of a new County Championship season in 2014 we thought we’d look at four key players who will be key if the county is to clinch its first ever championship title.
The skipper is Somerset born and bred and has been a run machine opening the batting for the county over the years.
Since he no longer plays international cricket, having won the 2005 Ashes as an opening batsman, he’s a key provider of runs for the side. And after a disappointing 2013 which was marred by injury he’ll be keen to get back into some form.
Former England captain "Tresco" has played for Somerset since 1993 and will be desperate to win the championship as he nears the end of his long career.
The other opening batsman, Nick is grandson of England legend Denis Compton and has appeared for England himself, with mixed success.
He’s scored 1,000 runs for Somerset in each of the last three years, since joining the county from Middlesex. If he can do the same again this summer those runs will be key as Somerset search for glory.
If Tresco is the man who looks to get Somerset off to a smooth start in all forms of the game then Pete is the ying to his yang.
Jamie and Craig Overton
Our fourth key player is actually two!
Jamie and Craig Overton have each played plenty of cricket on Exmoor, having been born and raised just over the border in North Devon. In fact, the pair went to school at West Buckland School, which sits on the moor.
Last season Jamie’s 35 first class wickets earned him a call up to the England squad for the one day series against Australia, although he didn’t play.
Craig missed most of last season due to a back injury, but if he can come back fit this season and match his brother’s achievements then the pair will make a huge contribution to Somerset’s county championship efforts.