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Turning things around at Taunton

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Our ambitions at the beginning of the season were to win trophies so morale was naturally low after we embarrassed ourselves in our first two LV= County Championship games.

We batted really poorly in both matches, including being bowled out for 50 against Warwickshire - nobody can work out how that happened.

The batsmen had played well in the warm-up games and spent time in the middle, so to be dismissed so cheaply, especially at Taunton, was a surprise to us all. We were then bowled out twice by Lancashire as we lost by an innings for the second time in succession.

When we have some spare time we need to sit down and discuss why it happened. We made a slow start last season and wanted to make sure that didn't happen again. Unfortunately it did so that's something we need to rectify next year.

I haven't scored the amount of runs I would have liked but hopefully there is a century just around the corner. I am feeling pretty good at the crease but am finding unusual ways of getting out, like when I was run out going for a fourth against Lancashire.

It's important that I remember how I scored those runs in the last 12 months - it was from hours of time in the nets and doing hard work in the gym. I must remain confident that I am a good player.

Fortunately things have improved for the team in the last week with a hard-fought win at the Rose Bowl - our first in the championship this season - and three victories in the Clydesdale Bank 40.

That win against Hampshire was really important. Tres [Marcus Trescothick] batted brilliantly in making 227. As captain, that was a crucial innings for him. The bowlers then worked really hard to bowl Hampshire out twice.

With the points system, winning games is vital as draws don't really count for much. If we can beat Worcestershire this week then we can start clawing our way up the table. We might have lost twice but I think it's too early to write us off in terms of winning the championship. We still believe we can win our first title.

James Hildreth

I would have liked to have scored more runs so far but I am still confident in my ability. Hopefully a century will come soon

In contrast, our one-day form has been excellent. We wanted to get off to a good start in the CB40 and already we have beaten Nottinghamshire, Unicorns and Glamorgan.

I like the look of our one-day side. We have lots of young, dynamic cricketers coming through, like Jos Buttler who smashed 94 off 56 balls in the win over Notts.

He's still young but he knows his game well. He can clear the ropes and really exploit the powerplays.

I was interested to see bits of the Royal Wedding last Friday. It was on one of the TVs while we were playing at the Rose Bowl. As I was already out it meant I could see some of it.

We certainly know how to hold a royal wedding in this country. It was a great thing for the country and interesting to see the support it got.

Watching it, I didn't see too many similarities with my wedding last October, when I married Aimee. Ours was slightly smaller but just as nice.