Lewis Gregory is well on the way to recovery after undergoing surgery to rectify an ankle injury.
The 24 year old all rounder enjoyed one of his most successful summers so far scoring 329 runs at an average of 27.42 and taking 30 wickets at 30.83 in the 12 Specsavers County Championship games he played in.
Lewis said: “My ankle is coming along nicely and I am hobbling around on crutches just now. In the two weeks since I had the operation there has been a lot of icing and sitting still but things are improving.”
He explained exactly what it was he had done. “I had a bone spur removed at the back of my ankle,” he said. “Over the summer I had to have a few injections to get me through so it was time to get it sorted and hopefully it will all be good for next year. I’m on a rehab programme that Jamie Thorpe (Somerset Lead Physiotherapist) has put together for me which is pretty low level at the moment but it’s something that I can do and this will gradually build up.
“I’ll be back at the start of November with the rest of the lads but then I will have a break and get away for a short while. After Christmas I’ll get cracking with Daz (Darren Veness, SCCC Head of Strength & Conditioning) to get strong and I’ll then work on the skill side of things with bat and ball in preparation for the new season.”
Reflecting on 2016 Lewis said: “Last season was a very interesting one for us and in the four-day game we played some pretty good cricket throughout. We then had that run at the end of the season which was something pretty special to be a part of. Seeing young players like Dom Bess coming in and doing well and also Jack Leach preforming like he did is great for us now but also for the future of the Club.”
“The NatWest T20 Blast was disappointing, but we got on a good run in the Royal London One-Day Cup and played some good cricket in that format. However we’ve got a pretty good squad and I don’t see why we can’t go one better next year.”
Regarding his own form Lewis said: “I worked hard on my batting last winter which was my priority when I went away and it was good to be able to contribute with the bat more than I have done. As my career moves forward I think that my batting is going to have to come to the fore even more and when I get back into training in January I’ll be concentrating on that side of my game. I want to try to improve and become more consistent with the bat and as a player I want to become a batting all rounder because it changes the dynamic of the team.”
“It was a tough year with the ball but the job that all the seamers did was terrific and we all chipped in. Timmy G was terrific and so were the Overtons. During the winter there will be a few additions with Steve Davies joining us and whoever the overseas will be next year, so I think we have got a chance to go one step better next year. At 24 I feel like I am getting on a bit here at the Club which is exciting because not so long ago I was in Dom Bess’ position and it’s great to see the start of that career and it’s a great platform for him to build from. Dom is another Devon lad who has come through the Somerset Academy, which just shows the strength of the Devon Youth system and all the hard work that goes into it.”
Lewis added: “We have got some good young players at the club and they are going to be pressing for places in 2017 so there is plenty to look forward to!”