May 19 2013 Latest news:
by Tom Moore
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Clydesdale Bank Pro40: Surrey v Somerset, The Oval, May 4
Surrey bowler Stuart Meaker is wary of the batting power of Somerset when the two sides meet in the Clydesdale Bank Pro40 match tomorrow, despite the absence of opening batsman Marcus Trescothick.
The former England opener has been ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury but the West Country side still have the likes of Nick Compton, who has scored 479 runs so far this campaign.
“Marcus Trescothick is their talisman but, even without him, they are still a very potent, well drilled side,” Meaker told London24.
“They’ve got a lot of performing batsmen and strong players in their side. They’ve got good strength in their squad.
“Their biggest concern perhaps might be with their bowling.
“We’re not going to look at that and say it will be an easy win by any means.
“They’ve proven that they are a potent force in cricket.
“We’ll look at these guys and probably say they will be knocking around finals and semi-finals so if we can get one on them early on it shows we can continues our one-day form.”
Friday’s clash at The Oval is a rematch of the Lord’s final last year, where the Londoners emerged victorious by 15 runs on the Duckworth Lewis method.
“It will be a massive game,” Meaker admitted.
“It will be interesting to see what the conditions are.
“They’ve got a few injuries in their side but that will be a massive game for us.
“Traditionally we have adjusted fairly well to the shorter format and we’ve adapted quite quickly.
“We’re a good one-day side as we proved last year.”
Surrey have drawn two of their opening four County Championship games, winning against Sussex in the opening round before losing against London rivals Middlesex by three runs.
The matches against Worcestershire and Durham were drawn, with rain dominating both of these games.
“It’s been a bit stop-start and a bit frustrating,” Meaker revealed.
“It’s almost as if we haven’t hit the ground running. Pre-season it was almost as if were playing in mid-July and then all of a sudden this has come from absolutely nowhere.
“We were glad to get that win against Sussex under the belt.
“We were gutted to lose to Middlesex after it was there for the taking but it didn’t pan out that way but they played well on the final day.
“Then two drawn games.
“I think we’ll be happy with where we are. Getting a win under our belt is massive for our confidence.
“Albeit we’re in a position where we’ve not got as many points as we would like, we haven’t ashamed ourselves.”