Brian Rose says there needs to be some “soul-searching” at Somerset as the club look to the future following their latest flop in a major final.
The club’s director of cricket was incensed that the top order batsmen had failed to adhere to the game plan he and the coaches had laid down for the Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Surrey at Lord’s on Saturday.
Having won the toss, Somerset were bowled out for just 214, failing to complete their 40 overs. After rain had resulted in Surrey being set a reduced target of 186 from 30 overs, they cruised to victory with 15 balls to spare.
Rose said: “The game plan was for the top five batsmen to set their stall out to each contribute 50, 60 or 70 runs. In view of that, some of the shots played were extraordinary.
“We didn’t do the basics right for the first hour and a half of the game and could never recover. Another 40 runs would have been a defendable total.
“Too many players think they are good enough to go out and play in their own fashion because they are good strikers of the ball.
“But in big games you need a strategy and the discipline to keep to it. The team did it perfectly in the semi-final against Durham, which makes the performance at Lord’s all the more hard to understand.”
Somerset have now finished runners-up in six competitions over the last three seasons. Rose promises a detailed inquest into the Surrey game when Somerset’s squad return from the Champions League tournament in India.
Skipper Marcus Trescothick did not go on that trip and he will be summoned to meet up with the director of cricket and coach Andy Hurry at the earliest opportunity.
Rose added: “It’s important that the three of us look at what we are doing and ask questions of ourselves.
“There are some important issues to discuss about the future. Again this season the team have played some excellent cricket, but have ended up without a trophy. Fundamentally, we are not good enough.
“The Somerset team I captained to a number of trophies had big players like Ian Botham and Viv Richards and part of what made them big players was that they performed on the big occasion.
“For whatever reason, we are not able to do that at the moment. There needs to be some soul-searching and we have to take a long hard look at where we are going.”