The Somerset team that took the field for the opening match of the season against Durham at the Emirates Riverside included four players who were making their Specsavers County Championship debuts for the Club.
Chris Rogers, Roelof van der Merwe, Ryan Davies and Josh Davey all wore the Wyvern for the first time in Championship cricket.
Following his debut Josh Davey said: “It was really good to play a Specsavers County Championship match for Somerset and that is something that I have been aiming for ever since I arrived here at the end of the 2013 season. I have played a lot of one-day cricket and feel quite experienced with that now, but Championship cricket is the format that I want to establish myself in.”
Josh added: “When I pulled on the Somerset shirt and walked out onto the pitch for my first Championship match for the County I felt very proud of my achievement.”
Ryan Davies who joined Somerset from Kent in the autumn said: “To walk out onto the pitch and make my debut for Somerset felt very special to me. To come to a new club and walk out and play in Division One with the lads was a brilliant feeling. I was really happy with my keeping and felt comfortable behind the stumps even though it was freezing cold at Durham!”
All rounder Roelof van der Merwe played T20 cricket for Somerset in 2011 and on his departure said that he would love to return to play County Championship cricket for the County. After achieving this at the weekend he said: “It was awesome for me, and to play County Championship cricket for Somerset is a privilege and I enjoyed it immensely. Making my debut for Somerset was something very special, even though the conditions were the coldest that I have ever played in!”
He added: “When I was here back in 2011 the people around the ground were just fantastic and Somerset was always a place I wanted to come back to and I am very happy that this has now been realized.”
Roelof van der Merwe
For Chris Rogers not only was it his first Specsavers County Championship match for Somerset but also his first as County Captain. “It’s always a very proud moment to play your first game for a new team especially as captain,” he said. “To follow in the footsteps of not only Marcus Trescothick but a few of the other Australians who have led Somerset out is something pretty special to me.”
Chris went on: “It makes me feel very proud every time I pull on the Somerset shirt and lead the team out onto the field.”
All four players could feature again on Sunday when we begin a three-day match against Cardiff MCCU at Taunton Vale where play is due to start at 11am.