Playing for the daffodil means something - Maynard

2 Aug 2020 | Cricket

Glamorgan limped to 131 all out in the second afternoon of the Bob Willis Trophy clash against Somerset, with the hosts ending Day 2 on 131/2, and head coach Matt Maynard wants his side to show that 'the daffodil means something'.

With Somerset 296 runs ahead, Maynard points to the excellence of the West Country's bowling attack as the main reason for their dominance in the game so far.

"In the first couple of sessions of the game we bowled really well, the last session (of day one) Somerset got on top and followed it up with some brilliant new-ball bowling from Davey and Overton, it's very tough to recover from 30-odd for six.

"I'm aware of Somerset's strengths, it's not come as a massive surprise that Craig has gone on to play for England and he showed his class with a five-wicket haul, they were relentless."

Despite being up against, the coach was happy with the way his charges presented themselves in the circumstances and believes that their application bodes well for the future and throughout the season ahead.

"It's tough from here, a long way behind in the game but the message is to show some character, show that playing for the daffodil means something to you.

"The way they stuck at it tonight and their body language in the field was great, and we want to see more and more of that. Those are the things that medium- and long-term, when you're trying to alter and develop a culture, they are very important and you can't fault the efforts of the lads."

Ruaidrhi Smith limped off on Day 1 after sustaining a potential hamstring injury while bowling and was forced to bat with a runner, and Maynard is disappointed that one of his top bowlers from pre-season and the first innings is out of action for at least the next game.

"The injury is such a shame for Ruaidhri Smith because he's looked in great form, if it's not too bad he may still have a couple of first-class games and then the T20."