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Re: So here's a bit of Clarity
Posted by: AGod
Date: 06/09/2017 10:16
I doubt he settled in the area. I don't think he was helped by Mr Maynard's absolutely daft 'guarantee,' to him of a first-team place when first he joined Somerset. This cannot possibly have impressed the rest of the squad (the issuing of such a guarantee). Not RD's fault, of course.

He was signed, in lieu of Michael Bates, on the basis that Bates's batting hadn't been good enough and yet Davies had very little experience and in very limited appearances had managed to average all of six for Kent in Div Two (!). I think this also put his batting under premature pressure (way before it had developed to the point where it could withstand the pressure) and Maynard also batted him far too high in the line-up, which was an exercise in nothing more than wishful thinking, on MM's part (Matthew batted him where he hoped he would be capable of batting, rather than in a position that we he was capable of batting in).

So I feel a bit sorry for the guy as I thought he was a strange signing at the time and then I think he was managed in such a way that put extra pressure on him.

The signing of Steven Davies was, I think, a tacit admission on the part of Mr Maynard that he had got this wrong. I never bought the idea that would RD would still be 'one for the future,' after we had signed SD as SD probably has a good 7-8 years left in him.

I wish RD well in his future.

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