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Compton blog: End of the road... Published: 10 October 2011

Somerset batsman Nick Compton has been in India for the Nokia Champions League Twenty20 and blogging for Lords.org.

Compton and his teammates are on their way back to England after losing in the semi-final to eventual winners Mumbai Indians...

"Well that's it folks - all done and dusted for the year, and all good things must come to an end.

"This time it was on a very sweaty Saturday night in Chennai having lost to the 'not so mighty Mumbai Indians'.

Dark day

"It was a dark day for English sport with the rugby side succumbing to the French in the Rugby World Cup, always a hard pill to swallow, and then of course bowing out of the Champions League Twenty20.

"It's without doubt been a long old road but my word what a journey and finishing it in India, the cricketing mecca, puts a small cherry on the top.

"Spending three weeks with all the boys and staff out here has been a treat.

"Everyone from the support staff, to the security, to the hotels has been first class and definitely makes it worthwhile.

"Looking at the game it was very disappointing, all those ifs and buts, especially the Jos Buttler rifle that cannoned into Craig Kieswetter at the end. If that had gone for four who knows what would have happened.

"Ultimately though it’s these opportunities, this awareness that makes better players and having just had this experience has given us all a huge boost and belief going into next year.

Exceeding expectations

"We probably exceeded ours and everyone’s expectations and can return with heads held high at the thought of coming so far. On behalf of Somerset I want to say a huge thanks to our supporters.

"All the tweets and Facebook messages have made a huge difference, in particular the Somerset fans who by all accounts have been right behind us all the way.

"Onwards and upwards. Until next year have a great winter all… look forward to more success next year."

MCC and the Nokia CLT20 will combine to promote the MCC Spirit of Cricket campaign in the third domestic global Twenty20 tournament, which takes place across Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata from 23rd September - 9th October.

MCC’s Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, attended the opening ceremony of the competition to oversee the signing of the ‘Captain’s Charter’, which serves to ensure the ten participating teams uphold the Spirit of Cricket's ‘Play Hard, Play Fair’ principles.

It is the third successive year where MCC has partnered the competition. The Club also partners the Indian Premier League.


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