finishes have been plentiful in a thrilling Champions League T20 tournament so
far in India.
At the time
of writing there have been 16 games in the competition. 10 of those have gone
down to the last over - an incredible six of those to the final ball.
teams can barely be split after 39.5 overs, is it just luck that determines who
wins and who loses?
chatted to Andy Hurry, whose Somerset team are the only English county side
remaining in the competition, and he was philosophical on these final moments.
Twenty20 cricket there's a lot of luck involved," Hurry says. "Plans
can go straight out of the window. Inside-edges that go for four that on another
day would hit the stumps...
sometimes you make your own luck. It is a game of inches. The small things have
an impact on this game. Developing good
diving techniques when running between the wickets, developing speed so players
are faster, learning the ability to clear the rope through skill and
about trying to eliminate as many of those impacts as possible, so they become
advantages to you. "
know a little about things not going their way. Their season was one of
glorious near-misses. They reached the final of the Friends Life T20 domestic
competition and the CB40 final at Lord's - and lost both times, taking their
record to five consecutive cup final defeats.
also know about bouncing back from disappointment, and despite having to fly
out to India the day after losing to Surrey at Lord's, they have won all three
games so far.
fact that we didn't have much time to get ourselves prepared has actually been
a huge bonus for us," Hurry suggests.
haven't had time to dwell - we've just had to go out and play. This is a very
special tournament, and the way you're treated over here makes you value every
game. We're playing at big grounds in
front of very enthusiastic spectators against some very big players. It's a huge motivating factor for us. "
three wins Somerset have enjoyed, they have triumphed twice over Indian
opposition - the Kolkata Knight Riders on both occasions - and Hurry says that
the IPL teams do have disadvantages being at home.
Indian teams know the conditions, the intensity and the humidity, and they've
had quite a bit of time to prepare," Hurry concedes.
the downside, they're not really a team. They have about 14, 15 locals, and the
rest is made up of overseas players that jump in, jump out. It doesn't make it
easy to build what we would call 'team spirit'.
team have certainly been making the most of the experience. It's their second
visit to the Champions League T20 after competing in 2009, and for players who
don't go on to international cricket, it's an unrivalled opportunity,
professionally and personally.
being a long season for Somerset, they have a final shot at ending the season
on a high - and they're already turning their eye to the 2012 campaign.
as a cricket club always has very high ambitions," Hurry adds, "and
is always in the market for good, talented players. We get an opportunity to
see how people [elsewhere in the competition] play and perform in the game.
also can find out a little bit more about their character! All teams are
staying in the same hotel to so we get to know a bit about the guys from other
wins from their next three games most likely required to seal a semi-final
spot, Somerset will hope they don't spot too many potential overseas import on
the rest of their Indian summer...
For Cowers, it's been a bit of a treat to catch
those games on Eurosport (games on TV or the Eurosport Player). And if you
think that's a shameless plug, then (a) you're right, and (b) it's only because
it's so much more compelling than this year's Sri Lanka v West Indies series -
a series so wet it was called off early...