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Could Somerset Be In The Market For James Taylor?

The identity of James Taylor’s employers come March 2012 is fast becoming one of county cricket’s transfer stories of the winter. Nottinghamshire are widely thought of as the favourites to secure the 21 year-old’s signature, although Warwickshire are also believed to be in the hunt.

However, could Somerset have added their name to the list of potential suitors? Their Director of Cricket Brian Rose was quoted as saying over the weekend, “If one quality player came up this winter, we would be in a position to sign him. At the moment, that’s a non-issue, because, although I have got someone who could possibly fit the bill, it is not that straightforward.”

Could that someone be Mr Taylor and could the complicating factor be that it would require the Leicestershire man to move to a different part of the country – something it is thought that he is reluctant to do and a factor that - along with their financial clout – makes Nottinghamshire firm favourites.

The fact that Taylor also recently visited Warwick only adds to the intrigue and speculation and has resulted in his current teammates indulging in a little light-hearted banter on Twitter.

Finally, don’t be surprised that if, in rather an ironic twist, he ends up staying at Leicestershire to see out the remaining year on his contract, meaning that all of this fervent speculation is for nothing.

Where do you think county cricket’s hottest property will end up for 2012? Let us know in the comments below.

Champions League T20 Enters Final Stages

The Champions League T20 has given us plenty of thrills, spills and we are now down to the final four – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Somerset and New South Wales.

The two IPL sides have been as strong as they were predicted to be and have enjoyed playing in home conditions and having a full-strength squad available to them.

Somerset have surprised some by getting through the qualifiers just days after finishing their domestic season but have since benefited from the addition of Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler to their squad.

New South Wales can still field a mighty strong team (despite missing Doug Bollinger and Brett Lee) and the former champions will be a big danger come the knockout phases.

bet365 make the Royal Challengers the 21/10 favourites to win with Somerset 7/2 outsiders – but who do you think will go on and win?

UPDATE: Check out our preview online here: http://www.cricketworld.com/champions-league-t20-semi-finals-preview/29565.htm