CLT20 has been emotional roller-coaster for us: Langer

Somerset skipper Justin Langer said the cash-rich Champions League Twenty20 has been an emotional roller-coaster for his side.

updated: October 16, 2009 14:53 IST
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Knocked out of the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 after after a five-wicket loss to Dimaond Eagles on Friday, Somerset skipper Justin Langer said the cash-rich tournament has been an emotional roller-coaster for his side.

Somerset's run in the tournament has been far from impressive with the English side just about managing to book a place in the league stage after Trinidad and Tobago beat Deccan Chargers in the last Group A match.

Somerset's problems were further compounded when their batting mainstay Marcus Trescothick suddenly left for England citing stress-related illness, thereby forcing Langer to field in a depleted side against Eagles in the must-win match on Friday.

"We didn't get off to a good start. We didn't make enough runs and thats the fact of the matter. It's really disappointing for us, it's been an emotional roller-coaster for us in the whole tournament. We didn't play our best cricket," Langer said after the match.

"We haven't played our best cricket. We have played great cricket all throughout the year this summer. It's been a great experience for some of our young guys to step up to the next level. From that point of view it is a great thing," he said.

Although Somerset are out of the tournament, they will take on New South Wales Blues in their inconsequential last League A match on Sunday.

Meanwhile, his Eagles counterpart Boeta Dippenaar said after the shaky start the South African side has improved with every outing in the tournament.

"I am really happy. I think so far in the tournament we have got better and better and if we continue the trend it will be a good thing for us," Dippenaar said.

The Eagles skipper had special praise for pacer Cornelius de Villers, who has been phenomenons for the Africans so far in the event with the ball.

"He has been magnificent and had performed very well for us. He is a keen character and has great future ahead," Dippenaar said.

He also said the Twenty20 event is a great platform for domestic players.

"It has been a great tournament. It's once in a life time opportunity for provincial teams to play come out and play against international players," Dippenaar said.