Top 5 innings of the year
2023 saw a number of outstanding performances from Somerset players across the three formats of the game.
Over the course of the next few weeks we’ll be looking back over the season and bringing you what we believe are our top five moments.
Today we will be focusing on the top five innings of the year.
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1 – James puts Hampshire to the sword
James Rew spent the summer of 2023 accumulating runs at a highly impressive rate. He amassed 1086 runs in the County Championship at an average 57.15.
The highlight of his season came in the match against Hampshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground. The 19-year-old arrived at the crease with Somerset on 41 for four, but when he was the last man out his side had reached 500 and he had secured a career-best 221. His century came from 184 balls and his double hundred was reached from 297 balls. In total he faced 310 deliveries and shared century stands with Kasey Aldridge and Shoaib Bashir.
2 – Andy enters the record books
Andy Umeed was Somerset’s standout performer with the bat in this season’s Metro Bank One-Day Cup. He dominated attacks throughout the summer and finished the competition with an incredible 613 runs at an average of 87.57.
His most impressive performance came at Derbyshire when he made the fourth highest ever score by a Somerset batter in List A cricket. His 172 not out, which came from 147 balls, inspired his side to a 72-run victory, and only Marcus Trescothick, Jimmy Cook and Ian Botham have scored more runs in a List A fixture for the Club.
3 – TKC at his explosive best
It was an impressive debut season at Somerset for Tom Kohler-Cadmore. He was an integral part of our Vitality Blast success and scored over 700 runs in the LV= Insurance County Championship at an average of 38.68.
His most eye catching performance came in May at Northamptonshire when he blitzed his way to 130 from just 102 balls. His 50 arrived from 37 balls with his hundred coming up from 72 balls. His innings included 18 fours and three sixes. Although the match ended as a draw, TKC gave Somerset supporters an early glimpse of his undoubted talent.
4 – A Captain’s innings
A place at Vitality Blast Finals Day was at stake when Somerset met Notts Outlaws at the Cooper Associates County Ground in July.
Somerset Captain, Lewis Gregory led by example and ensured that his side secured their place at Edgbaston.
Chasing 158 for victory, Lewis arrived at the crease in the 10th over with Somerset on 61 for four. He proceed to smash his way to 57 not out from just 34 balls at a strike rate of 167.64. His innings included five sixes and a four as Somerset won a thriller with just three balls to spare.
5 – Sean steers Somerset to silverware
Obviously, the highlight of the season was winning the Vitality Blast and one of the key elements to that success was the performance with the bat of Sean Dickson in both the semi-final and the final itself.
Somerset got off to a strong start in the semi-final against Surrey, but wickets began to fall at regular intervals. Sean kept his composure and remained unbeaten on 30 from 22 balls as Somerset reached 142 for seven. The Somerset bowlers then did the rest as their opponents were dismissed for 118 in the 17th over.
The final against Essex followed a similar pattern, but once again Sean was the standout performer with the bat. His 53 from 35 balls ensured that his bowlers had a target to defend.
As we all know, the rest is history!
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