SOMERSET’S season is only three games old but Pete Trego has said they must quickly put right the things that have cost them victory – or face another year of frustration.
Somerset have finished runners-up eight times in the previous four seasons – twice in the LV= County Championship and three times in both 40-over and 20-over cricket.
And, after drawing two and losing one of their three Championship matches, the Somerset all-rounder knows results must improve quickly.
Somerset, who will rest the majority of their senior players for their game against Cardiff MCCU that starts today at Taunton Vale, begin their quest for YB40 glory with a home game against Unicorns on Sunday.
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They then take on Yorkshire at Headingley in a Championship match next Tuesday.
Trego said: “We know we should be in a better place, points-wise, and really we ought to be top – but we’re not. We have to look at the reasons why and amend that as soon as possible, or it’s going to be another ‘not quite’ season.
“But it’s not the end of the world at the moment – with the way the season is going, we know we’re probably one win away from being in top spot. That’s how tight it’s going to be all season, I’d imagine, and if you win two in a row you could probably go from eighth to top.
“Last season, we went from fifth to second in the last game, so we’ve just got to keep our hand in and make sure we’ve got a chance come those final few games in September.”
Trego hopes Sunday’s game against Unicorns can not only yield a first victory of the season for Somerset – but a change in his own fortunes with the bat. The 31-year-old has managed scores of 0, 12, 0, 4 and 3 so far in the Championship – and admits his 87 for the MCC against Warwickshire in Abu Dhabi in March already feels like a distant memory.
“I haven’t been able to get any runs at the moment, so the thought of a different colour ball coming down this weekend is quite exciting,” he said.
“It’s more frustration than anything else. I have no doubt that, throughout every season I’ve played, I’ve had probably 20 low scores.
“But the low scores I’ve had this time have come right at the start, and you’re always eager to get off to a good start, even if it’s a 30, 40, 50 or 60, to spend some time in the middle.
“The last innings of note was in Abu Dhabi for the MCC, but that feels as if it was about three years ago. It would be nice to make a score and I’ll be targeting Sunday for that score. I’ll go out there with an open mind, I’ll be as aggressive as ever, and hopefully put a good score on the board.”
Somerset were denied a first victory of the season on the final day of their Championship match against Warwickshire at the weekend.
Warwickshire’s final-wicket pair batted out more than 21 overs to frustrate a Somerset side who had dominated the majority of the four days.
“With our county season, you have to brush off your disappointments as quickly as possible,” said Trego.
“The hardest thing is going home and talking to your family and friends, who are all cricket fans. That’s always a pretty tricky thing and it tends to linger for a while until everyone has had their two-penneth.
“There are about 5,000 captains I’ve spoken to in Somerset so far and they’ve all got an opinion – “Why didn’t this happen?” and all that sort of stuff.
“But you’ve got to have a pretty thick skin and get on with it and move onto the next game. You’ve got to pay it attention and understand how, in that situation, you could do a better job.
“But, ultimately, it’s all about the next game now and you can’t dwell on the past.”