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Somerset - 2014

Things have gone well for me and also for Somerset so far this season. We have played several championship games and at the time of writing this Somerset are unbeaten in four day cricket.

I haven’t had to bat too many times either because of the weather or because Somerset have scored big runs in their first innings and each of the games in the championship have been quite interesting. 

I was very pleased to have contributed my first century of the season for Somerset in their match against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Our form in the Nat West T20 Blast competition as a team has been disappointing, but overall I think that the start we have made to the 2014 season has been okay.

When you look at the championship table as it stands I have nothing to compare it to apart from 2013 when we didn’t do so well, so at this stage of things we are feeling pretty happy, but there is still a lot of cricket to be played.

If you get onto a good run of form and win two or three in a row then we will be in a good position to compete for the championship, but there is a lot of work ahead.

Marcus Trescothick is a wonderful player and it’s always good to see him scoring runs. The good thing about Marcus is that he scores his runs quickly which is a bonus and the rest of us then just chip in.

I have always maintained that in the game of cricket you want one or two in the top six of the batting order to come off, because nobody can score hundreds all of the time, and I think that is what we have done in Somerset this year.

If you look at our top six then everybody has contributed in some way in different games which speaks well for where we are as a batting unit, but Marcus has been brilliant for us up front.

The Overton twins have both made considerable contributions to the Somerset team so far this season.

Craig Overton has been showing us exactly what sort of an all rounder he is and although he is still only 20 years old he has done well. He has batted with composure and has bowled beautifully, landing the ball consistently in the right areas.

Jamie with all of his pace comes in bowling in short bursts and although we haven’t played on the sorts of wickets that have helped him it is heartening the way that he has held himself together. Last week he scored a half century for us, which was his first.

I just love seeing bowlers doing well in the other discipline because that confidence and momentum carries over into their bowling and that is what cricket is all about.

My wife and young son are both here with me and things are going really well for us all in Taunton. Our little boy is getting older and loves to go out and play in the park so I take him there whenever I can.

He loves playing with a ball so it looks like he could be a good little sportsman when he gets a bit older, which is encouraging for me, but I have always maintained that I am going to let him do whatever he wants.

We live in Johannesburg where it is very busy so compared to that Taunton is very clam and quiet, so we all enjoy it here because you can walk out from where we live and go to the shops without having to use the car.

We get a lot of family time together, which I think is important, because I am a firm believer in the fact that cricket doesn’t define me and it shouldn’t, so there is more to me than just the game.

I need to make sure that I am the best husband I can be and the best Dad I can be as well.

Outside of cricket I have also got the Foundation that I have set up and spent a lot of time on which helps young people who are less fortunate in South Africa, as well as my family and friends.

It would be foolish and immature for me to think that cricket was the be all and end all of life. Of course I love the game and it is my passion, but outside of that you do need something else.

I love spending time with the family here in Taunton, playing with my little boy and taking him for walks as well as doing some cooking.

I enjoy cooking and trying new things as well as the old favourites and of course I like to have a braai (barbeque) which is always brilliant.

Of course I have to be careful what I eat because I have to stay to a sensible diet so I try to make sure that what I cook is tasty as well as healthy as well.

Braai is a South African thing which I grew up with and it is healthy as well so I hope the weather is good this summer and we can have some more out in the garden!

It is always nice to get centuries, but I don’t like to put myself under too much pressure. My main target is to make sure that I help to get Somerset into good positions in the matches, and often when you do that you get the big scores to go with it

There is a saying which goes “Opportunity comes only after struggle and hard work” and that really struck something with me, so I need to make sure that I am in the moment first before I look  too far ahead and that is the way that I approach my cricket and it seems to be working for me.

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