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Nannes joins Somerset for T20 Blast

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April 25, 2014

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Dirk Nannes is pleased having helped run out Michael Lumb, Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, Big Bash League, Sydney, January 25, 2013
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Somerset have recruited the former Australia fast bowler Dirk Nannes as one of their overseas players for the NatWest T20 Blast. Nannes will be available throughout the competition, adding Somerset to his extensive list of T20 engagements around the world.

Nannes will be 38 on the opening day of the T20 Blast, when Somerset take on Gloucestershire in Bristol. He has spent the majority of his career playing the shortest form of the game, most recently in the Big Bash League with Sydney Sixers, and is one of a handful of bowlers to have taken more than 200 T20 wickets.

"We are really excited to have signed Dirk Nannes for the NatWest T20 Blast after what has been a rather lengthy and tough search," Somerset's director of cricket, Dave Nosworthy, said. "We have always been intent on trying to find a quality international player who was prepared to commit to the entire competition. Dirk fits the bill on both counts.

"Having previously worked with Dirk I know that he is a very good team man and I have no doubt that his off field contributions will be just as important as his on field performances."

Leicestershire were also in negotiations to try and sign Nannes, who previously represented Netherlands and has played county cricket for Surrey, Nottinghamshire and Middlesex. Last season he signed for Glamorgan but had to pull out after suffering an injury at the IPL. Having a base in the UK has increased his value as the T20 Blast is spread out through the season, with most matches being played on Friday nights, making it harder for counties to tie up overseas deals.

Nannes said: "As an outsider, I've always been envious of the long and continued success that Somerset as a club seem to achieve. It will be good to have the shoe on the other foot, and I will hopefully be able to contribute to a nice winning streak. I am now living very close to Taunton, so it feels like I'll be playing for my local team."

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Posted by JG2704 on (April 27, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

@dagger64 - Have no issues with the theories re the bowlers in 4 day cricket but just would have preferred an overseas finisher as a batsman in T20/50 over cricket.

Re Trego as a finisher - He seems to be less effective down the order in SFs. If we are not going to invest in a finisher I prefer DBs theory in getting Trego was awesome up the order last season so it would be a gamble moving him around. Because Tres hasn't been in great nick as an opener it would not be so much of a gamble - Definitely a better gamble

Posted by JG2704 on (April 27, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

@DaveBrown - Indeed I buy your views but then I also feel that in 4 day cricket we've not necessarily played to those strengths although having said that vs Yorks and Durham we'd have probably lost both games last year and IMO we were on top at the end of both games despite the bonus points saying different. Yes , maybe logistics dictate that we can't have a specialist T20 batsman but if possible I'd love them to bring in someone like Miller/Anderson - Maxwell would be nice instead of Alviro and keep Nannes. And you say about being a small county but I believe boasted decent profits last year. I just think it would have been nice to invest a bit back in the quest for a bit of silverware esp after losing Jos. Interesting point re Tres moving down. I said that myself last year. I suggested we sign Moore from Lancs and our SF side could have had Moore,Kies,Trego up front and Tres coming in as the finisher. Maybe Tres could still be the finisher with Kies and Trego opening?

Posted by dagger64 on (April 27, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

Interesting posts by Dave Brown and JG2704, I understand the apprehension felt by JG2704 but a good counter post by Dave Brown makes sense. Personally, it is our bowling attack that is our weakness. We need to take ten wickets regularly. We do hot have someone of that calibre since Caddick, Mushtaq, Rehman. The appointment of Nannes may be a blessing in disguise and I think it will be a great boon to our young youthful bowling attack in Overtons, Dibble, Dockrell, Leach, Gregory, Meschede. What a list of youthful talented bowlers we have. We SHOULD invest in our bowlers as we need twenty wickets every match in the CC. No disrespect to Thomas, Trego, Kirbs, etc. Our batting line up is good and need to perform to their potential, we will be fine. The absence of Buttler is a massive hole. Perhaps Meschede and Trego will take up as finishers.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

[continued] we could be a bowling side in the future? We have a wealth of quality young bowlers: Overton, J., Overton, C., Dibble, Gregory, Meschede, Dokrell, Leach. That's our bottom five, plus reserves, for the next ten years. All we need now is for a few batsmen to kick on: possibly Abell (been doing the business in the reserves for a few years?). Definitely a change in direction though, as we haven't had a decent bowler since Caddick. All of a sudden we have a hat full and no batsmen? Dirk Nannes will definitely feature in the development of this group as an old pro.

Does anyone know of a better forum/blog to post in?

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

[continued] that impact player down the order, then we should play Tres down there. Clearly a quality, and much loved player, but not fit to open any longer. 3 or 4 overs of Tres at the end could be as good (if not as innovative) as Buttler down the order. Also, comparing our side to the team you refer to, circa 2011 I believe? We don't have Pollard or Buttler at 5/6, but we have a much better (and experienced) bowling attack instead. We have clearly lost something in the batting order but perhaps gained something in the bowling, so perhaps things have evened out? Both Gregory and Meschede played in that game and are far better players; both Overtons; Dockrell; Dibble; and Thomas is (may be) still as good. Scorecard here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/friends-life-t20/engine/current/match/492506.html The team is evolving and we have to, as fans, also evolve. A hard couple of years, but there is definitely a bright light at the end: who would have thought we [to be continued]

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

@ JG, again , I don't disagree with you and in the perfect world we would have an overseas player for very competition and type of weather. Realistically though we are a small county and cannot support multiple overseas players for every occasion. We tried it a few years ago when we had Cameron White on retainer as an additional overseas player for the 20/20 and he never played due to the rules. I can't see us having more than the basic again due to that. I also think we are a side in transition (a lovely phrase if you're not successful?) and will benefit more in the long run from an experienced hand coming in mentoring what we have than an 'A list' player coming in and us getting to the final (again and not winning). For better or worse we will continue to take a hit in performances for a while in the hope that we will be better side for it in the long run. I also think Myburgh can do a job at 6; obviously not a buttler replacement, but we have to move on. If we wont [to continue]

Posted by JG2704 on (April 26, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

@Dave Brown on (April 26, 2014, 9:21 GMT) I guess my main worry is that I feel we need someone at 4-6 more. A few years ago we had Pollard and Jos so we had Tres,Kies and Trego for the power up front and then either Hildreth or Compton as the glue and then Jos/Pollard as the finishers. When we were without Jos last season for the YB semi with Notts I found Trego seemed to be stuck between 2 schools of thought as we had no finisher. So for me , while I think Nannes could be a decent player and being a mentor is a goos point - I've always liked the way he's talked when I've heard him on the radio - I feel we really need a finisher. If it was me I'd have Alviro as a 4 day player only and bring in a finisher for the T20s and maybe the 50 over game

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

He might not be playing for Aus anymore but his form is good enough that he could be, still hitting 90mph and as clever as ever. I'd have him in my team anytime!

Posted by IMCG67 on (April 26, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

At first I wasn't overly excited by the signing but on reflection I think it is an excellent one. True it doesn't add the same enthusiasm as signing a Chris Gayle or a Kieran Pollard, but with the West Indies having their own T20 mid way through ours they were never options even if we could persuade them to sign. In Kiesy, Tregs, Hildy, Tres, Meschy and Pieterson (who has won T20 titles in SA) there is more than enough batting power and Compo is no slouch if required even if it isn't his natural game. Where we lack is control at the start and death of an innings and Nannes's experience will help not only the team cause but can add to the squad by sharing his experience too as well as not coming with the ego to take over the place. So good look to him and the team - getting to the Quarters will be more of a challenge this year, but the team has every chance if it performs to its potential !

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

JG, I take your point, but last year we had Yasar as an overseas bowler who (almost) singlehandedly made up for the short comings of the rest of our pace attack. So, exactly what we need. I also think he has been signed as much to mentor the young quicks as he has to play. A 'pack' leader on and off the field. He is also available form the whole tournament and gives us that magical left hand option. Granted, would have loved to have had a current international player, but they are as rare as hen's teeth due to the silly formatting and the West Indian 20/20 comp. Team for me in 20/20 - Kies, Jones, Trego, Pieterson, Hildy, Myburgh, Meshede, Dockrell/Waller, Thomas, J Overton, Nannes. Plenty of pace in the attack (provided Overton finds his radar), control with Thomas and Meschede, a decent spinner with Myburgh to pitch in. I would keep Tres for the longer stuff and groom the next captain (Hildy?) in 20/20 - they won't drop tres, so what do i know

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