RILEE Rossouw was the toast of Somerset on Saturday evening when he blasted his way to 93 runs off just 36 balls with eight fours and seven sixes making him the leading t20 run scorer for the county in any season since the competition began back in 2003.

To date in his 15 matches the 32 year old has scored 600 runs at an average of 50, which includes 49 fours and 40 sixes, and seven scores in excess of 50.

Talking just after helping Somerset blast Derbyshire out of the water in front of a full house Rossouw said: “I am very thankful for the amount of runs I have scored for Somerset this season and I am just very happy to have been able to contribute in the way that I have so far. However its not a job well done yet, as we have got two more games to play!

“It’s been fantastic here since I arrived and the players have welcomed me with open arms and still enjoy my company and thats always a good thing to have. I love playing here and I am enjoying myself.

“My target is to win player of the tournament so to do that I want to score more runs than James Vince so hopefully Saturday is my day and it comes off - however if we still win and I don’t come off then its fine with me!

On Saturday we will take it as it comes and see how it goes, but to score 260 tonight is going to give us a lot of momentum going into Finals Day. However we start a new game when we play Hampshire in the semi finals.”

Regarding the crowds he has played in front of at Taunton the big hitter said: “To play in front of a crowd like we had in tonight is just phenomenal they are like a 12th man for us and something that not many ground have. To experience the type of atmosphere we have had tonight is the next level and one of the best I have played in front of anywhere.”

Rossouw added: “My family are here with me and they have all loved their time in England and Im very fortunate that they are here with me this time . I have really enjoyed my time here and I really hope I get the chance to come back here next year.”