Somerset’s Jacobi Robinson says there is no reason why his team can’t keep the famous Cup Match trophy for years to come after Friday's draw at St George's.
Robinson’s canny spin-bowling performance was a constant thorn in St George’s side, making the most of a pitch that grew increasingly tough to bat on.
Despite having the home side five down when Somerset took the extra 20 overs on offer to try to force victory, St George’s dug in and survived.
For Robinson, though, keeping the trophy is job done.
He told the Bermuda Sun: “It’s definitely good to keep the cup, just to show these guys that we are the champions.
“We knew it would be a draw once they stopped playing their shots and weren’t even looking to score. We gave it a try, it was a gamble, but it was a hard one to go two to one.”
In truth, Somerset were never in danger of losing after a dominant display with the bat, which saw Janeiro Tucker and Tre Manders notch up fine centuries and set an imposing 370 for five declared total.
“That was our plan,” said Robinson. “We knew the wicket wasn’t that good so we said ‘let’s just try to bat once and let them bat twice so they can get the worst part of the wicket’.”
He added: “We’re confident we can win next year. We’re still young. Janeiro’s 38 and the next one is Stephen Outerbridge who’s 30, next after that is Jekon and myself, 28 and 29, so we’re still a young team, just as young as them.
“As the better team there’s no reason why we can’t keep on winning. We have other guys who didn’t make the team in reserve – the future looks bright.”