Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick has welcomed the return of the Friends Life t20 after what he admits has been an inconsistent start to the LV= County Championship season.
Touted as Division One title contenders at the beginning of the summer, Somerset currently lie sixth in the table with only one win - at Derbyshire on Tuesday - from their opening nine matches.
The four-day competition will take a backseat in the coming weeks, though, as Twenty20 cricket takes over up and down the grounds.
Trescothick's Somerset are once again among the frontrunners for the title, having reached Finals Day in each of the last four years.
They have fallen short on each occasion though, but Trescothick believes the current squad are primed for another assault on the title.
Asked how much he is looking forward to the start of the competition, the former England left-hander said: "I can't wait. It's always a great time of year when we get to this stage and generally it's the peak of the summer. It's always entertaining cricket and people flock to come and watch the games.
"It was a relief getting the (Derbyshire) win because we've not been as consistent in our four-day cricket as we'd have liked to have been this year, but the T20 is the free-flowing, no fear cricket where you can go out and express yourself."
Somerset have recruited South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen and veteran Pakistani seamer Yasir Arafat as their overseas signings and will also have England ace Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter at their disposal.
Asked how the squad is shaping up, Trescothick added: "I think we're very close to our best. We've got Jos back and Craig in there, then you've got the likes of Alfonso Thomas and Yasir Arafat. Putting all these people together in one team makes us pretty strong.
"But the challenge is always there. You can be as strong as you want on paper, but you've got to deliver when you come to the crunch of the games so that's our challenge over the next couple of weeks."
Somerset won the previously named Twenty20 Cup back in 2005 - their last piece of silverware - and Trescothick, who played 76 Test matches for England, ranks that achievement amongst his career highs.
He added: "It was obviously a brilliant year 2005, winning the Ashes and then picking up the T20 competition as well made it even better. Fingers crossed we can get in that position again and give ourselves a chance of winning it.
"Finals Day is brilliant fun and great entertainment. The fun of it, big crowds, the mascot race - which is probably the highlight of the day - it's a brilliant day out for spectators and players involved. For every player who plays in the competition, they want to get to Finals Day because it's a great thing to be involved in."
Marcus Trescothick was speaking at the launch of the 2013 Friends Life t20 competition. For more information and to buy match tickets please visit ecb.co.uk/FLt20. #FLt20
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