In order to keep Somerset supporters up to date with what is happening on the squad’s pre-season training camp at Desert Springs in Spain, Max Waller has agreed to send us regular updates. Here is part two of his Tour Diary:
“Welcome to part two of my Desert Springs Tour Blog. Having been out here for a couple of days now, there are quite a few stiff bodies around the squad. Most of them from the training schedule and the long mountainous team bike ride completed yesterday.
There has been a really great balance out here of time spent doing quality practice and team building activities put on by the management. We have spent a lot of time in the nets and working on our fielding as well as doing plenty of gym work.
We have trained every morning and a few afternoons with all the coaches running a structured programme designed to maximise our time outside on grass. The surfaces have been good to net on with a bit in them for the bowlers. I’m sure the early season pitches back home in England will provide that assistance. This has been a really good test for the batters and it’s been important for the bowlers to get outside on the grass so that they can put miles in their legs and find their lengths consistently. Alongside the batting and bowling, Paul Tweddle has been running the fielding sessions in a bid to get us working on our catching and throwing as well as generally looking at ways to improve our individual skill level.
Having cycled half of the Vuelta à España to get to a karting track, the boys were split in to 2 groups for qualifying with the top 12 fastest lap times going in to the main final and the bottom 12 in to a plate competition. Johann Myburgh should potentially be partnering Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes next season after dominating the main final. Aggression, potential lunacy and a perfect body type were a few reasons for Johann’s success. 2nd place went to Jamie Overton and 3rd place Marcus Trescothick. In the plate competition there were more collisions than a Mario-Kart race. Winner of the dodgems race went to Alex Barrow, 2nd place to Paul Tweddle and 3rd to Jim Allenby.
That’s it for now. There will be more to come over the next few days so stay tuned!”