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Somerset: A 2023 Preview

by Jacob Lunn

This is my preview of the new 2023 season for Somerset County Cricket Club

During the winter we recruited well with the signings of Tom Kohler-Cadmore , Sean Dickson, Peter Siddle And Matt Henry.

Kohler-Canmore has played 83 First class games with an average of 32.5 runs. Kohler-Cadmore has also played 138 games at an average of 29.44 runs in T20 cricket.The 28 year old has played for Worcestershire and Yorkshire previously, and has also played franchise cricket across the world. He was named Wisden Schoolboy Cricketer of the year. Kohler-Cadmore also keeps wicket, so that can be another option for the club.

Dickson has played 87 first class matches with an average of 34.81 and a highest score of 318 against Northamptonshire CCC in 2017. The 31 year old opener has played 52 List A games with an average of 29.85. The South African born player has played for Kent CCC and Durham CCC. He is expected to open the batting in the One day cup and The LV= Insurance County Championship.

Siddle, who was our overseas bowler in the 2022 season, was resigned for the 2023 season. The Australian veteran has played 213 First class Games and has taken 725 wickets. The 38 year old is also expected to play in the T20 blast, Siddle has played 112 T20’s  and has taken 131 wickets at just 7.69 runs per over in the format.

Henry has played 88 First class matches and has taken 394 wickets with an average of 24.10 the New Zealander has also played 19 test matches and has taken 61 wickets. The 31 year old was announced in mid February just weeks after the birth of his child. Henry is also expected to play in the T20 blast, he has played 100 Matches in the format and has taken 102 wickets going at 8.65 runs per over. He joins the club for the County Championship game against Lancashire CCC which stats the 11th of May. He is expected to play a One day series prior to playing for Somerset.

After last year’s disappointing LV= Insurance County Championship campaign we looked to strengthen the team and they have with these signings.

The club recognised its batting collapses and signed two quality Batters, and they were struggling with taking 20 wickets a game, so they decided to secure two great overseas bowlers Matt Henry And Peter Siddle! At this time there has been no Overseas batter signed yet so you would assume, Sean Dickson and Tom Lammonby will open the batting with then the club captain Tom Abell to come in at three. Now this is where the challenge for the selectors starts! At number four I’d would personally put newly signed Tom Kohler-Cadmore in the position but the selectors may have other ideas. Here is where I would say is the biggest challenge, who plays and who bats five? You have Tom Banton, Lewis Goldsworthy and George Bartlett. I’m not sure who I’d pick but there is a case for all three to play.

At number six I would personally go with James Rew as wicket keeper, he deserves his spot after scoring runs at the end of last season which included his Maiden First class Century. Now number seven. You would assume its a choice of either Lewis Gregory or Kasey Aldridge. I think it will depend on Gregory’s fitness as he seems to be injury prone. So I think If Lewis Gregory is fit they will go with him otherwise if he is not fit I think they’ll go for Kasey Aldridge.

Number eight and the start of the bowlers. For me its easy. It has to be Craig Overton, hopefully he will be available for most of the season as you feel he is not next off the ranks for England.

At nine, I would have our newly signed overseas bowler Matt Henry but because he is not here until May it will be Josh Davey in April.

At ten it’s Jack Leach. Leach is my first choice but I doubt he will be available much so that spot is free when he is not here but I would maybe put a seam bowler there or a spinner depending on conditions.

At eleven it’s Peter Siddle for me, but again I feel like if he wanted a game off or he is injured then one of our young bowlers could play instead of the Australian veteran but if he wants to play and is fit, he plays.

One Day Cup

Following the announcement that Royal London do not want to continue sponsoring One Day Cricket in England, The ECB [England Cricket Board] will be looking for another sponsor but this is their fault! At this time I think it’s very hard to comment or write about the competition because we don’t know what players are available .

Vitality T20 Blast

After Somerset have been to finals day two years in a row and not won it, they will hope to go one step further and win the T20 Blast and sure do have a good enough team to do that! With no overseas batter announced as of yet this team will be based on what I currently know. Here our my thoughts.

The openers, Tom Banton and Will Smeed but Tom Kohler-Cadmore could also open but I don’t think he will but also will Banton keep wicket because Kohler-Cadmore can keep as well? 

Number three, the newly signed Tom Kohler-Cadmore will bat there for me.

Number four, It has to be the Club Captain Tom Abell – a great player to have because he can play aggressively but also if we were struggling he can control the game and if we desperately need a bowling option, I’m sure Tom Abell could do a job however he has been a bit injury prone.

Five, it’s Tom Lammonby. I think this is quite obvious but he can play some great innings. If he could be a bit more consistent that would be great.

Number Six, Lewis Gregory, even if he can’t bowl I’m sure he could do a job with the bat. The ex-captain is very good at calming down situations and also can give it a whack and the end of an innings.

Number seven, Ben Green. Green was great last year, took wickets and finished the innings off really well. Just a great all-round player to have. Maybe last season he went for a few runs but if he can operate through the middle overs by taking lots of wickets that would really help in the death overs.

Number Eight, Roelof van der Merwe. He has had a great winter so hopefully he can bring his success to Somerset as well. He is just so reliable and can produce great innings like last year at Gloucestershire. There is nothing much more to say about him. But one concern is that his contract ends at the end of this season.

Number Nine, Craig Overton as long he is fit and allowed to play, I’m sure he will be great with the new ball and can do some damage with the bat as well.

Number Ten, Josh Davey or maybe they might play both Matt Henry and Peter Siddle so Davey would make way. Josh Davey can be a bit hit or miss in the Blast but he deserves his spot in the team because he can bowl at anytime of the game and can pick up some crucial wickets.

Number Eleven, I go for Matt Henry/Peter Siddle I think this will be rotated but both are just great in the format they can bowl anytime in the innings and can take wickets and defend runs.

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So that’s my round up of the team, Now lets see what they can do!

Thank you for reading, also I would love to hear your views on Somerset CCC and I would highly recommend listening to the Always Look On the Bright Cider Of Life Podcast, Somerset fans talk about the club after most matches.

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