1st December 2020

Somerset’s hopes of reaching latter stages of T20 Blast end after defeat to Surrey

Somerset’s hopes of reaching the latter stages of this year’s Nat West T20 Blast were ended at the Oval where they were beaten by Surrey by 38 runs.

Chasing a Surrey total of 208 for one wicket, which included an unbeaten 122 from Jason Roy, Somerset were always likely to struggle.

The task was made harder when they lost a wicket off the second ball and although Pete Trego, Tom Cooper, Luke Ronchi and Lewis Gregory all made useful contributions and James Hildreth made 51 the chase was beyond them.

Afterwards Matt Maynard said:

“I am very disappointed with tonight’s result. We made a couple of mistakes in our last couple of T20 games and we and it doesn’t appear that we have learnt from them on tonight’s performance, which is disappointing.

“I thought 180 was about par on that and Jason Roy played well but we gave him a chance and he made us pay. I don’t think that we were as good as we could be a made a number of mistakes and for me we haven’t learnt from the last couple of games.

“You have to learn because if you are not learning you may as well not play the game because you are just going to stagnate, so that’s my message to the guys.

“You learn more from defeat generally  but we have made the same mistakes the last two or three games and I am not a happy man tonight.

Matt added:

“However we have got two T20 matches which are dead rubbers that we are playing for pride but we are also playing potentially to give us a chance to look for our best team in the 50 over cup so out of a negative and going out of the competition which I am bitterly disappointed about could give other people an opportunity next week your mistakes.”

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