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Nosworthy wants better

Somerset director of cricket Dave Nosworthy has warned his side that they must improve, despite beginning their NatWest T20 Blast campaign with a derby win over Gloucestershire.

Somerset took the spoils from their trip up the M5 yesterday by 18 runs, but Nosworthy still found reason to be unhappy.

“As a team we simply did not fire on all cylinders against Gloucestershire on Friday and need to take that on the chin – even though we won rather comfortably,” he told the club's website.

“We still have plenty of room to improve and have no doubt that we will.”

With tomorrow's opponents being Surrey – the team that beat Somerset at the quarter-final stage last year – Nosworthy wants his players at full focus.

Surrey will be eager to make up for their opening-night disappointment. They suffered a dramatic last-ball defeat at Sussex after tailender Yasir Arafat hit successive boundaries to end the game.

“Surrey are a quality team with some quality-name cricketers, so we will seriously need to up our game and ensure that we execute every single strategy and tactic really well,” Nosworthy said.

Alviro Petersen hit a fifty to help Somerset claim an 18-run derby win over Gloucestershire to begin their NatWest T20 Blast campaign

“I have full faith in the ability of our squad to do just that – especially at home in what will be a real opportunity for our guys to stand up and be counted in front of our home crowd.”

Somerset’s overseas signing Alviro Petersen kick-started his Twenty20 campaign with a half-century at Bristol and is looking forward to entertaining his home fans.

“Tomorrow is another big game, our first home game here in Taunton,” the South African told Somerset’s YouTube page.

“We are looking forward to some more sunshine, a great crowd because we need people coming down to support us. We are hoping to get a good result once more.”

Petersen added: "It was nice to be in the runs yesterday, scoring a fifty in a winning cause. But it was a team effort.”

Surrey have added Zafar Ansari to an extended 13-man squad for the match, while Somerset will select from the same group that beat Gloucestershire.

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