Players head for Desert Springs

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The majority of Somerset’s playing squad made their way to the airport in the early hours of this morning to join up with the bowlers at the Club’s pre-season training camp in Spain.

Jason Kerr took the bowlers out to Desert Springs earlier this week and they will be joined today by the rest of their team mates.

Based in Almeria, Desert Springs will be the base for both players and coaching staff until March 18th and ahead of the trip Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Desert Springs gets very little rain and is a good place to go for pre-season.  They’ve got some great grass nets there and also an area for fielding. For what we want to achieve in our pre-season Desert Springs is just ideal.

“When we went there last season I found it very helpful indeed to get to know everybody and what made them tick. We had some great one to ones so we will be following a very similar pattern this time round.”

Ahead of this morning’s journey One-Day Captain Jim Allenby said: “We certainly got a lot out of it last year. I think Desert Springs is going to be very popular with a lot of counties and it’s great that we got in early. It’s not far to travel and we know that we can get training from the day we arrive to the day we leave, which is ideal. The facilities are perfect for pre-season training and it is far more cost effective than some other destinations around the world.”

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Somerset batsman Tom Abell is also looking forward to the experience. “It was a really great trip last year,” he said before boarding the coach this morning.  “We will be training hard for the week that we are out there and it will be all about making sure that we are in the best shape possible. After we come back we are pretty much straight into the pre-season schedule. It’s a really good opportunity to spend a week away as a squad and properly gel ahead of a long summer. I don’t think there is any substitute for this and it will be great to properly catch up with everyone after spending the winter in Australia.”