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Andy Hurry leaves Somerset for England

Andy Hurry will head up England's Development Programme Credit: Somerset CCC

Andy Hurry, Somerset County Cricket Club's Director of High Performance is to leave the club to take up a new post as the Head of the England Development Programme. He will leave the County Ground in October.

Andy Hurry has made an immense contribution to the Club over 13 years and his commitment and passion for the Club are unparalleled in my view.

“I am extremely sorry to see him depart but delighted that his skills and attributes have been recognised by Team England. He will be sorely missed by all of the staff at the Club and he departs with our very best wishes for the future.”

– Guy Lavender, CEO, Somerset CCC

Swindon Town travel to Newport tonight

Swindon start on the road to Wembley tonight Credit: ITV News West Country

In football, Swindon Town are travelling to Newport for their first round tie in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

They come to tonight's game off the back of a 5 - 2 win over Sheffield United on Saturday. The winners will be away to Plymouth in the next round.

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Four Somerset players sign new contracts

Somerset wicket keeper Alex Barrow signs new contract Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Somerset wicketkeeper Alex Barrow is one of four players who have signed new contracts to remain with the county.

Barrow, who is 22 years old came through the Academy and was first awarded a contract in 2010. This season he got his chance when Craig Kieswetter was injured and as well as proving to be a more than a useful replacement wicket-keeper, he has also scored vital runs for the first team.

“I am delighted to sign a new contract with Somerset and although it has been a tough season for the Club we have got exciting times ahead. I love playing for Somerset and I am very proud to do so.”

– Alex Barrow

Josh Davey, James Regan and Max Waller have also signed new contracts while Lewis Gregory has signed an extension to his existing contract.

Taunton County Ground redevelopment to start

A major piece of Somerset's cricketing history is being demolished. The pavilion and the St James Stand at the County Ground in Taunton are nearing the end of their lives and are being replaced at a cost of £3.8 million. The new buildings will bring the club up to a standard at which they can host one-day internationals.

Marriage proposal greets Bristol Half runner at finish

Shaun Burchell proposed to Catherine Everard on the finish line Credit: ITV News

A marriage proposal awaited a runner at the finish line of the Bristol Half Marathon today.

Shaun Burchell proposed to Catherine Everard on the finish line after she completed the 13.1 miles in 2 hours, 5 minutes.

She said 'Yes' !

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Bristol Half Marathon gets underway

Fifteen thousand runners are pounding the streets of Bristol Credit: ITV News
Members of St Michaels Church, Stoke Gifford, who have raised more than £3,000 for charity Credit: ITV News

Fifteen thousand runners are pounding the streets of Bristol in the annual Bristol Half Marathon, which is now in its 26th year.

The first wave of runners set off from the Harbourside at 9.30 this morning, and the second wave at 10am.

The first male and female runner to cross the line will each receive £1,000.

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