Finals day fight for Thomas
Somerset seamer Alfonso Thomas faces a battle to be fit for Friends Life t20 finals day after suffering a hamstring tear.
The 35-year-old picked up the injury during this week’s rain-affected LV=County Championship draw with Nottinghamshire at Taunton.
As a result Thomas must contend with the prospect of three matches on the sidelines, starting with tomorrow’s Clydesdale Bank 40 visit from Notts. Forthcoming CB40 trips to Hampshire and Scotland also come too soon.
Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose told the county’s official website: “Alfonso has a grade one tear of a hamstring. That is the least serious end of the scale, but it is still a concern.
“We hope he will be available for the championship game with Sussex that precedes t20 finals day, but we won’t risk him in that if there is any doubt about his fitness because he is such a key t20 player for us.”
Thomas’ absence adds to a growing selection headache for Rose, who has Max Waller and Craig Meschede out with respective intercostal muscle and finger injuries.
Nick Compton is set for treatment due to back spasms following his appearance for England Lions against Australia A, a mini-series that also sees Craig Kieswetter on international duty, while Jamie Overton, Craig Overton and George Dockrell are in Australia taking part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup.
Rose added: “I already labelled this season as bizarre in terms of the number of players we had unavailable. Now I am looking for a word worse than bizarre.”