County championship 2021: Somerset preview

What happened last year?

Somerset beat all-comers dominating teams with the ball throughout 2020, before falling foul of Alastair Cook at Lords against Essex. Often thought of the second strongest county in the country, punching well above its weight, Somerset are a force to be reckoned with.

Key player

Craig Overton has England caps in two Ashes series and yet appears rarely in any discussion about the seam strength in the country. A barnstorming 2020; taking 30 wickets at a ridiculous 13.43 and averaging 31 with the bat, makes Craig Overton a lethal package. The attack leader, if Overton fires again in 2021, he could well propel Somerset to a maiden championship title.

England hopeful

Plenty to choose from for Somerset; Jack Leach should be Englands number one spinner this summer. Tom Abell is growing in status in the game as captain, whilst Craig Overton as mentioned above will be looking to press home his claim.

However the standout England hopeful is Tom Lammonby; whilst very young; he had an outstanding 2020 in the Bob Willis Trophy averaging 51 with the bat and posting three centuries.

With Englands torrid winter at the top of the order fresh in the memory; some are pressing for Lammonby's selection if he continues his form through the opening six rounds of the championship.

Target for the year

In this years tournament; Somerset will face: Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Middlesex and Surrey.

Somerset should be targeting to dominate their group and look to win the whole trophy outright.

Overseas players: Marchant De Lange (South Africa)


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