Somerset’s two senior statesmen, Chris Rogers and Marcus Trescothick were both bitterly disappointed at the end of a day that has seen Middlesex snatch the Specsavers County Championship title away from them.
Reflecting on the season overall Chris said: “We have played some fantastic cricket and to go up and thump Yorkshire at their place was a very special moment, but naturally we are disappointed that it didn’t go our way. In the end we can say we did a lot of good things. “I’m very proud of the way that we have played and I think the guys can be happy with that.”
Chris talked about some of his own personal highlights from his season with Somerset. “I think that the tenth wicket partnership between Timmy G and Leachy here in the Championship was my favourite,” he said. “They followed that up in the one-day game a little later too and that sort of thing happens every 10 years, not twice inside a week. That inspired us to be honest.”
“We had some other incredible moments along the way – six excellent wins and four or five of those would be the highlights of any year let alone having them all in one year. I have had a lot of fun and a lot of fond memories to look back on. My season with Somerset has been right up there. To get the momentum like we did in the back half of the season was very special and that very rarely happens. It’s not just what you see out on the ground but it’s the enjoyment you see in the changing room.
“Last night was one of the most enjoyable nights I have ever had in the changing room and I think all of the players will say that.”
When Somerset ended in second place back in 2010 Marcus was skipper so how did he feel this time around? “It’s a pain in the backside to come second again and it feels just the same as it did last time,” he said. “It’s been such a difficult day, it was different the last time we did it because we were playing all day. This one has been very strange, having to sit around and watch it all on television. We got so close and thought that we had a very good chance but it wasn’t to be.
“It feels no different than last time to end up in second place, the only difference is that Middlesex have been top of the table for a long time and they have come out and won the competition outright, so they deserve to win. Last time was a little bit different in that we were tied on points and lost on countback on the number of victories, but it’s still painful.”
Reflecting on the season overall Tres said: “In this format we have been very good and have come across a method and a way to try and get the results we need on this pitch. We need to try to replicate that as much as we can next season. However, it has been a better season all in all.”