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Somerset need stronger start against Worcestershire in Friends Life t20

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: July 01, 2012

Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose

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Somerset will pick from an unchanged squad for this afternoon's Friends Life t20 match against Worcestershire at Taunton (2.30pm).

Peter Trego was the player not selected for Friday night's nine-wicket defeat against Gloucestershire, so he could return as the Midlands/Wales/West Division's top two prepare to clash at the County Ground.

The key to success today lies in a solid start, according to director of cricket Brian Rose.

Rose told the club's official website: “We will have a team meeting before the game and one point I shall be making is that we have to take more care not to lose early wickets in the power play.

“That has been a feature, not only of most of our T20 games, but also the CB40 defeats earlier in the season.

“Only in our T20 win at Northampton did we not lose early wickets. In the past few years we have been very good at putting the opposition under pressure with solid starts and it is something we need to get back to.

“While we have had some tremendous individual batting performances in this season’s Twenty20 competition, they have tended to come as a rescue act, rather than with strong partnerships at the top of the order.

“It has taken a brilliant knock to get us out of trouble and you cannot keep playing that and hope to win competitions.

“Our batting needs to be more consistent, with the openers and number three batsman taking responsibility for laying the foundation to our innings.”

Somerset top the group by three points from Worcestershire, who have played two games less than their hosts.

Somerset: (From) Levi, Compton, O’Brien, Buttler (wkt), Hildreth, Morkel, Suppiah, Gregory, Thomas (capt), Dockrell, Kirby, Trego.

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