Obviously, everyone is disappointed that we lost our first Championship match of the season at Essex this week.

Abes [Tom Abell] was very honest at the end of the game and the simple fact is that Essex were better than us over the course of the three days.

Alastair Cook made over 120 runs and in the context of the match, that was huge.

Sometimes you just have to accept that you have come across a class act, and he is certainly that.

We have had a great season so far and one defeat doesn’t make us a bad team overnight.

We are still top of the First Division and we already have a trophy in the cabinet, so it’s not time to panic just yet.

On a personal note, it was frustrating not to be involved. I picked up a slight groin injury a couple of weeks ago and it just needs a bit of time to heal.

It is getting there and hopefully I will be in contention for selection for the weekend.

It is always frustrating when you’re injured because you want to be out there with the boys contributing to Somerset wins.

It is also really difficult to get back into the side because the bowling unit has been outstanding again this year.

On a different note, it was great to see Taunton stage three matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup recently.

The ground was packed and it was really nice to see fans from all over the world having such a great time.

The atmosphere was amazing, the fans were outstanding and the ground looked sensational.

We were lucky with the weather, and to have some of the greatest players in the world playing at Somerset was something that a lot of people will remember.

Finally, I would just like to send my sympathy to the family of our Chairman, Charles Clark, who passed away last week.

He was passionate about the club and he will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.