Trego taking Unicorns seriously
Peter Trego is adamant Somerset will not fall into the trap of underestimating the Unicorns when they begin their Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign tomorrow.
Marcus Trescothick`s side are among the favourites to reach another Lord`s final in the 40-over competition, having previously done so in 2010 and 2011.
In the eyes of some, a home game against the Unicorns - a side comprised of players not contracted to any of the first-class counties - may seem like the perfect opening fixture for Somerset.
However, Trego is well aware of how dangerous this weekend`s visitors can be - and knows he and his team-mates will have to be on top of their game if they are to make a winning start.
Asked how Somerset will approach the Unicorns fixture, the all-rounder told ecb.co.uk: "With the utmost respect first and foremost, because they`re all very talented players in their own right and obviously very hungry to catch the eye of any potential employers.
"You`ve got to be on your toes for games like that and Somerset have had a couple of close run-ins with them in the past.
"Mentally, it`s arguably one of our toughest challenges of the season because it`s viewed as a bit of a banana skin. You have to face up there as professionally as possible and get the job done.
"People in all sports talk about the underdog and it`s a very powerful place to be sometimes. A bit of hunger and drive can turn up some amazing performances. You`ve got to be very watchful and on your toes in games like that."
Trego, last year's FTI MVP, has made a mixed start to the county season in red-ball cricket.
Eight wickets - including six in the season-opener at Durham - represents an encouraging tally after just three matches, but runs have so far proved harder to come by for the 31-year-old.
A tally of 19 from five LV= County Championship innings clearly falls well below what Trego would have hoped for, but he is hopeful a change of format will bring a change in fortunes.
"It`s actually come at a very good time," added Trego when discussing the start of the 40-over campaign.
"I`ve had a few low scores in the County Championship and it`s a chance to change the colour of the ball, change the mindset a little bit and hopefully find a bit of form.
"It`s very early days and I`m not overly concerned by it, but it would be nice to get my first big score of the season pretty soon.
"Hopefully I can continue the bowling form and turn the batting form around a little bit."