Hitting the road
Posted in Domestic Cricket
I'm writing this on the team coach as we travel to London for our Friends Life t20 game with Surrey. We have got as far as the M25 so not far to go. I can hear a few of the lads going mental on the Playstation.
This is the first of four matches in six days. After Surrey we have Gloucestershire tomorrow night at Bath, then Essex on Monday and Glamorgan on Tuesday.
We are all looking forward to our local derby with Gloucestershire. That's always a big game for us and our supporters love it when we beat them. For a couple of our lads it's the chance to play against their old team.
This manic period could determine whether we finish in the top-four and qualify for the quarter-finals. We are aiming higher than that though. We want to win the division and get a home draw in the next round.
Playing a quarter-final at Taunton would be a huge boost for us. We generally play well at home and it would be great for our supporters too.
For opposition teams they don't know what a good score is at Taunton. With the good wicket and small boundary they feel they have to score loads of runs. If they then lose a few early wickets they are under pressure to get the big score they have set themselves.
It's been quite a frustrating time for us recently in this competition. We have been inconsistent although the weather hasn't helped us get any momentum. We have lost four matches to rain - more than any other team in our division. What makes it even more annoying is when you have a no result against a team you think you should beat.
The rained off games, when we are at Taunton, are bad news for the club too. The club are insured for the losses but everyone wants to get the game on.
We have Kieron Pollard back. He's an awesome player, a great talent. I haven't seen someone hit the ball as far as he does and we have some big hitters in our side. He really makes six hitting look easy especially at Taunton. Having said that, no ground is big enough for him.
He's a three dimensional cricketer. Not only does he bat, he bowls well in the middle of the innings and is a superb fielder.
He is excellent in the changing toom too. He's typically West Indian in that he's very laid back, but that can act as a mask. He has a real drive to win and a fierce competitive spirit.
Him being around makes up for Kiesy being away with England. He's a big loss for us as he's done well opening the batting with Tres.
As for me, I feel I am batting OK at the moment. I am striking the ball pretty well and hopefully that will continue over the next few games.