At the halfway point of the Vitality Blast, we spoke to Jason Kerr on his thoughts of our T20 Campaign so far.

“I think it has gone really well,” he said. “We are currently sat at the top of the table, so in that sense it can’t be any better, but I think also the kind of cricket we are playing.

“We’ve improved from last year and proving to be a formidable side.”


4 wins in a row now, how do we keep this run going?

“I think just doing the simple things, as well as we can, obviously we go away from home tomorrow, for the game against Gloucester, so a different surface but looking to execute our skills as well as we have done,

“If we can do that, we’ll put ourselves in a position to win the game.”


What do you think we need to become this first team to retain the Vitality Blast?

“We need to win the final… I think it’s important we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves, we are more than capable of achieving that and I like the opportunity to create history and do something that hasn’t been done before.

“One thing I’ve learnt is you can’t spend time in the future so first and foremost we need to win enough games to make sure we have the opportunity to have a quarter final and then go from there.”

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Jason Kerr, Head Coach of Somerset lifts the Vitality Blast T20 trophy alongside Lewis Gregory, Bodhi and team mates following the Vitality Blast T20 Final between Essex Eagles and Somerset at Edgbaston on July 15, 2023 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)


What would you say makes a good T20 player?

“I think it depends on what capacity but ultimately be dynamic, have cricket intelligence and you also need skill, and you need to be able to execute that with clear thinking under pressure.

“You need strong foundations that allow you to do that and then obviously have the freedom and confidence to be able to apply those skills.”


Finally, if you could pick any player, past or present, to improve this Somerset squad… who would it be?

“We haven’t got many gaps, so not many holes in the team but if we could have someone like Kieron Pollard who is an extraordinary cricketer, someone at that calibre now would certainly add incredible value to our team.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 14: Kieron Pollard of Somerset is hit by a delivery from Dominic Cork of Hampshire during the Friends Provident T20 Final between Hampshire Royals and Somerset at The Rose Bowl on August 14, 2010 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)