PETER Trego gazed at the sun setting over an emptying Cooper Associates County Ground, clutched his man-of-the-match champagne, and declared: “It doesn’t get any better than this.”
The evergreen Somerset all-rounder had just put Gloucestershire’s bowling attack to the sword in front of a sell-out 7,000 crowd on a glorious summer evening to give his side the perfect start to their Vitality Blast T20 campaign.
At the age of 37, Trego has lost none of his ability to entertain – or his passion for putting one over on Somerset’s arch-rivals, as a proud local boy from Weston-super-Mare and a product of Uphill Castle Cricket Club.
After smiting 72 not out off 41 balls, with nine fours and three sixes, on Friday night to secure a convincing six-wicket victory, he emerged from the dressing room with a wide grin of satisfaction.
“I couldn’t have asked for much more,” he said “At the start of any tournament you wonder how your form is. You do everything you can in the nets, but that means nothing until you get your first score.
“Tonight has given me personally a lot of confidence and the team belief that we can go forward from here. Steve Davies, James Hildreth and Corey Anderson all struck the ball beautifully after a decent bowling effort.
“It looked a 190 or 200 pitch, so we did well to restrict Gloucestershire to less. Then to chase it in that style was very reflective of the fact that we had a whole week to prepare.
“In a lot of previous years we have gone straight from a four-day game into T20, whereas this time we were able to seriously hone our skills in the shorter format.
“Our preparation has been fantastic, the guys have really been expressing themselves in training, and it showed this evening.
“There is still a bit to work on. Our death bowling is a little shaky at times, but even Jamie Overton, who had a tough over, picked up a wicket and bowled a dot ball at the end. That is the type of mentality we need.”