SOMERSET'S NatWest T20 Blast campaign is still very much on track after they beat Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
And now they face the biggest match of all when they host old foes Gloucestershire at the County Ground tomorrow in front of what is already a sell out crowd.
Marcus Trescothick said: “Having won our last T20 game down at Hampshire last weekend we have got ourselves right back in the mix, so the Gloucestershire match on Friday is massive in the context of our season so we have got to be right bang up for that.”
Derby games have a special significance from Trescothick, who hails from Keynsham in the north of the county.
“The games against Gloucestershire are always big occasions with a full house and great support from both sides. They are the sorts of games you love to be involved in and they get you buzzing playing in front of the big crowds.”
However there is no rest for Somerset because once Friday evening’s game is over they climb onto a coach and travel to play a championship match against bottom of the table Northamptonshire, a game they need to win to keep in touch with the leaders.
“Then we go straight up to Northampton to play the next day and we all know how important the championship is right now,” added Trescothick.
“However we mustn’t get too far ahead of ourselves because we have got a lot of cricket in a very short space of time so we have to take it day by day and focus on what we are doing at the time.”
The game at Nothants ends on Tuesday after which Trescothick’s team travel to Surrey in the T20 on Wednesday and Kent at Canterbury in the same competition on July 18.
Meanwhile overseas signing Colin Ingram, who has joined Somerset as a replacement for Alviro Petersen is expected to make his debut in Friday’s big match.
He said: “I play my cricket full heartedly so the local derby is a great game to start with, so I’m looking to getting out there and doing what I enjoy doing most.”
Friday’s match is a sell out and there will be not tickets available on the gate. The advice to those going to the game is to arrive in good time.