Somerset criticised for not finishing off 'poor' Warwickshire
Somerset must be more attacking, said Nick Knight, after seeing them draw with Warwickshire.
Last Updated: 28/04/13 8:35pm
Marcus Trescothick's side played out a fascinating draw with Warwickshire in front of the Sky cameras, with final pair Rikki Clarke and Oliver Hannon-Dalby standing firm for nearly an hour and twenty minutes to earn the reigning champions a hard-fought draw.
However, despite four dropped catches and a fortunate decision for Hannon-Dalby denying Somerset victory, Knight was critical of the hosts' attitude after they opted not to enforce the follow on.
"I have a little bit of sympathy with Somerset because Hannon-Dolby was out - but not a lot because of the way they played the second half of the game," said the former Warwickshire captain.
"They are going to have to change their approach to winning games at Taunton. That was a game they had to win, a game they should have won and they lost 16 points there.
"They outplayed Warwickshire for two and a half days and then they let them back in. I would have enforced the follow-on myself, but it was more the way they approached the game after that.
"They meandered too long and lost 10 or 15 overs - they could have got to their 266 a lot quicker."
And Knight doesn't reckon Warwickshire will be particularly pleased with their performance, either. Despite their brave stand to draw the match, the county champions were below par for much of the contest.
"There was no jumping for joy from Warwickshire at the end because they know they've played really poorly for too long in this game," he said.
"They've shown a lot of fight and resilience but they're county champions, you'd expect that. That is not good enough. If they want to retain this championship they have got to do better."
David Lloyd, meanwhile, felt the contest was a good advert for the four-day game and was delighted to see young prospect Jamie Overton shine with five wickets in the match.
"It's been a very, very good game of cricket," said the former England coach.
"Jamie Overton is only just 19 so he's only going to get bigger, fitter, stronger and you get a bit more nous as you get more experience.
"You're going to hear a lot more of him. Naturally, what he's got - you've got to bottle it."