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Home Compton blog: Somerset march on
Somerset batsman Nick Compton is in India for the Nokia Champions League Twenty20 and blogging exclusively for Lords.org.
Somerset qualified for the tournament proper after a stunning victory over Kolkota Knight Riders, and are now the only English team left in the competition...
"Gee, who would have thought that Somerset would advance as the top ranked team going into this year’s Champions League Twenty20?
"Starting the tournament as serious underdogs, without some of our big guns in Marcus Trescothick, Craig Kieswetter, and young gun Jos Buttler was always going to make this a tough proposition.
"But here I am lying flat on my back staring at the ceiling trying to digest what was the most exhilarating cricketing experience I’ve ever had!
"We've just beaten the Kolkata Knight riders in their own backyard, with thousands of screaming fans going ballistic when any one of their players did anything at all, even as simple as hitting a single down the ground.
"There I was standing on this field and behind me was an amazing throng of keyed up supporters screaming my name, taking pictures and chanting for a 'wave'.
"I can probably speak for most of us in saying that it stands as one of the better victories I've ever been involved in.
"Letting go in that change room having won (and gone to the top of the table), soaking up a few excited laughs and a beer with the guys watching Pete Trego and Alfonso Thomas collect their awards was a satisfying moment.
"For Pete it was no doubt one of his best innings ever. He played with freedom and real explosive talent at times, but what was perhaps the most important attribute of his innings was the maturity he displayed, the way he held things together.
"I have to be honest, playing against some of my childhood heroes, in particular Jacques Kallis, was a monumental occasion. And to face one of the fastest and best fast bowlers of the last decade in Brett Lee was pretty cool to say the least.
"Tomorrow will be a well-earned day off, a time to reflect on things done correctly, and most importantly to get our heads around the fact that we have some even bigger games coming up.
"For now more sleep and time to let the adrenalin subside!"
Compton and Leicestershire's Will Jefferson are blogging exclusively for Lords.org during this year’s Nokia Champions League Twenty20.
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.