Trego on target for shot at T20 glory
Peter Trego intends to banish any perception that Somerset have reached Twenty20 Cup finals day by fluke - and backs the winners of their semi-final with Kent to lift the trophy at Edgbaston.
Somerset became only the second side in seven years of the competition to reach finals day by virtue of winning a bowl-out, 5-1 over Lancashire two weeks ago.
A soaked Old Trafford ground meant the two teams retreated to the sanctuary of the indoor school for the showdown.
For professional cricketers to miss unguarded stumps from 22 yards may seem bewildering, but after missing once and hitting once in the nerve-wracking contest, the 28-year-old all-rounder will never again be judgmental.
“It’s without doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in sport,” Trego told ecb.co.uk. “A six-foot putt on the 18th hole to win the match - that’s nothing compared to a bowl-out.
“I spoke to Charl (Willoughby) afterwards, and the emotions we went through having missed the first one were horrific.
“Twenty-two yards out, with a little run-up, those stumps get smaller and smaller every step you run in. I’ll never slate anyone for missing in the future.
“To have to resort to a bowl-out to get to finals day doesn’t really do either side justice.
“Reaching the quarter-finals is an achievement in itself and Lancashire were arguably the best side in the competition on form.
“But sport throws up these little challenges from time to time, and we came out on top. Thankfully our bowlers were fantastic. We now have a real opportunity to win a trophy and play in the Champions League.”
An uncompromising middle-order hitter, Trego’s flair goes beyond the striking tattoos emblazoned on his right arm.
A Twenty20 strike-rate of 150, surpassed only by Marcus Trescothick among his colleagues, demonstrates that the Sabres’ batting goes beyond their explosive openers.
Even more astounding was Trego’s 54-ball century that carried Somerset to a target of 476 over Yorkshire in July, the second-highest run-chase in the history of the County Championship.
“I can’t say I step on to the field thinking I can do that every time; otherwise I’d be playing in the Ashes,” Trego said.
“But I never feel an innings like that is far away. Hitting the ball hard is very natural for me. It’s the rest of the game I have to work hard on - picking the right time to play those shots.”
If he does succeed in playing this year’s Tyron Henderson role against Kent, Trego maintains it will not be the result of any grievances against his former side.
“It doesn’t bother me. Loads of people move around counties - if you hold grudges your whole career you’ll be a pretty sad man at the end of it. But since leaving Kent, I’ve always played well against them.
“They’re a formidable outfit, with (Joe) Denly and (Rob) Key opening up. If you had to put money on who would win the trophy, you would put it on the winner of our semi.”