Somerset got off the mark in this year’s Clydesdale Bank 40 after taking a point from the rained-off game against Glamorgan on Thursday – but are still searching for their first win of the competition.
The county have been the losing finalists in the 40-over competition for the last two seasons, but need to win all of their five remaining games to stand a chance of progressing this time around, starting with tomorrow’s home game against Scotland.
Captain Alfonso Thomas said: “Playing against Scotland is never easy and they are not going to be a walkover by any stretch of the imagination.
“We got a point on the board from the game at Cardiff on Thursday and hope we can get two more now.
“If we got ten points from our remaining games then I wouldn’t think we would be out of the competition, but at this stage we have to take it game by game.
“I don’t think that we have got anything to lose at the present in the CB40, so we will give it a good crack.”
Head coach Andy Hurry said: “While we have still got the opportunity to go forward in this competition then we have got to aim to achieve that.
“We can’t shy away from the fact that we haven’t had a great start in the CB40, so it is very important that we get that momentum going with a big Twenty20 quarter-final coming up at the back end of this month.”
Somerset’s players and their fans are already buzzing at the prospect of hosting Essex in the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals at the County Ground on Tuesday, July 24, with a 4.15pm start.
Tickets have been flying out of the office and, in the first 24 hours after they went on sale, almost 1,000 were sold.
Thomas, who has enjoyed considerable success in the short form of the game both at home and also in the Indian Premier League, is under no illusions what his team can expect.
He said: “It’s going to be a tough game for us, but I think that any of the sides who have won through to this stage of the competition are going to be tough.
“Like we have seen before, on the day in Twenty20 cricket any team can beat anybody. We did the business on Sunday to get a home draw in the quarter-finals, but the real competition starts now.”
After smashing a 60-ball hundred against South Africa earlier this week, big-hitting all-rounder Pete Trego said: “Essex are in the quarter- finals because they are playing good cricket and are a very talented team, so its going to be a cracking game.
“Let’s hope the weather is good and the crowd pour in and get behind us because they have certainly been our 12th man this season like over the last few years in these quarter-finals, so, hopefully, we can reward them by getting to Finals Day.”