Defeat 'devastates' Somerset
Captain Marcus Trescothick admits Somerset are struggling to come to terms with a third near miss of the season after they were beaten in the final of the Clydesdale Bank 40 by Warwickshire.
Ian Bell’s magnificent 107 off 95 balls underpinned Warwickshire’s pursuit of 200 to win under the Lord’s floodlights tonight, achieved with an over to spare and three wickets in hand.
It represented a miserable end to an ultimately fruitless season for Somerset, who lost the Friends Provident t20 final to Hampshire on wickets lost in August, and the LV= County Championship in the dying moments of the campaign last week despite finishing level on points with Nottinghamshire.
"Any time you lose is going to be tough, but three times in a season is pretty devastating for the boys," admitted Trescothick.
"They are all gutted, as you could imagine. It's very tough to take, but we have to learn some lessons from what is happening. There is a reason why it happens.
"You only have to look at the two guys from Warwickshire: Imran Tahir getting five to take the heart out of the game, then Ian Bell showing the world-class player he is.
"That's what you've got to do if you want to be the best; you have to show it at times. We've got to improve and try to emulate that."
Despite Somerset’s failure to pick up a trophy, Trescothick took solace in his side’s pursuit of glory on three fronts, and their fine form throughout a testing season.
"We are very proud of what we've done and achieved as cricketers this year," he said.
"To be probably the most consistent team and put ourselves in the position to win three trophies, we could be sat here talking completely differently.
“Obviously we're not, but we've still got to walk out of here with a lot of pride and passion about what we've done and what we can still achieve.
"But there are a few things to assess next week. We'll get together and talk about what we've done well but also what we need to improve on.
"We have been bridesmaid a few times in the last few years and we need to do better next year."