End of term report
Posted in Domestic Cricket
We had a really bizarre season but all things considered we can take a lot of pride with how we did.
Coming second in the LV= County Championship was a really good achievement. We had lots of injuries to important players, including Tres (Marcus Trescothick) which meant I had to take over as captain for part of the season. Such were our injury problems that we had the bare 11 at times.
So with all that, to finish second, losing just one game, was a great effort.
The injuries did mean we got the chance to blood some of the club's younger players, like the Overton brothers (Jamie and Craig) who play for England Under-19s. Giving the young players a chance to play first-class cricket has shown us that there is strength in depth.
Warwickshire were deserving champions. They played brilliant cricket throughout the whole season. They are a really good side who are well led by Ashley Giles and Jim Troughton. They were so consistent and unlucky not to win it last year.
Unfortunately we couldn't match that consistency in Twenty20 cricket. We played well at times and did well to reach finals day, but, unfortunately, we put in a really disappointing performance against Hampshire Royals, who eventually won it.
We went to Cardiff thinking we could win it but we didn't play consistently well throughout the season. At times we needed an individual performance to win us matches.
We had a dreadful start in the Clydesdale Bank 40 which meant qualifying from our group was always going to be hard. We got on a roll towards the end of the season, though, and were only two points off Hampshire, but our poor start cost us.
I am pretty pleased with how I played this season. I scored 1,214 runs first-class cricket - you always want more runs but I have to be happy with my tally, especially with how hard it was to bat at the start of the season with all the bad weather.
I also scored my first Twenty20 hundred and finished with an average of 45 in that competition. I was pleased with that considering I wasn't in the team at the start of the season. Unfortunately my form in 40-over cricket wasn't as good as I'd hoped.
I was really pleased for Compo (Nick Compton) getting into the Test squad. He had an absolutely brilliant season. He knows his game really well and deserves his call up. I have no doubt he has the game to succeed at the highest level.
While most cricketers are going on holiday at this time of year I am going to university! On Monday I start at Cardiff University doing a masters in Sports Psychology. I'm really excited about it although it feels a little strange to be a student again. I'll be doing the course part-time and it should take about two years to complete.
Right, I better get back to the books...