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Cricket: Somerset to release three players

Adam Dibble, George Dockrell and James Regan will all be leaving the County Ground at the end of the season Credit: PA

Somerset County Cricket Club will be saying goodbye to three players at the end of the season - fast bowler Adam Dibble, left arm spinner George Dockrell and wicket-keeper James Regan.

It is always tough to release young players but ultimately we do have to make the types of judgments that are in their long term interests as well as the Club’s.

In the case of Adam, George and James, that task is made all the more difficult because they are outstanding young men and I am sure all of them will have a promising future in whatever direction life takes them.

– Director of Cricket, Matt Maynard

Somerset saved from relegation

In cricket, Somerset went into their final County Championship match at home against Warwickshire knowing that they needed seven points to guarantee their place in the First Division next season.

Today they have done just that - and in style. At one point the visitors lost five wickets for no runs.

What a way to avoid relegation!


Warming up for Women's Ashes

The England Ladies team leave a trail of kit bags as they warm up in Taunton Credit: ITV News West Country

The England Ladies Cricket Team are warming up at the County Ground in Somerset ready for the first match in their Ashes Series tomorrow, Tuesday 21 July.

While the men may have been defeated by Australia at the weekend, the women's side are hoping to make it three wins in a row.

For Vice Captain Heather Knight, Tuesday's match will be like playing at home.

I grew up playing for Somerset Academy and did a lot of training here as a youngster. I see it as my home ground in the West Country and it's always lovely to come back here. I absolutely love it.

Lots of family and friends are coming on Tuesday for my 50th cap so I'm really looking forward to it.

– HEATHER KNIGHT England Vice Captain

Geraint Jones steps down as Gloucestershire captain

Geraint Jones will retire from cricket at the end of the season Credit: Simon Cooper/PA

Gloucestershire Cricket captain Geraint Jones has announced his retirement from cricket today.

He's stepped down as Gloucestershire captain and will retire from the sport at the end of the 2015 season.

It’s been something I’ve been thinking about quite strongly in the last few weeks and I’ve come to the decision that this season will be my last as a cricket player.

But it’s on a positive note that I’ve made the decision. Yes the family side has been a big consideration but ultimately it’s about what’s best for Gloucestershire Cricket and this squad.

Over the last few weeks I felt there were guys who needed an opportunity and my place in the team was potentially that opportunity.

I still want to play a big role in helping the team on and off the field but now is a chance for them to start to formulate the best way forward for this group of players and for Gloucestershire Cricket.

– Geraint Jones

Glos get ready to take on Somerset in T20 Blast

T20 top scorer Michael Klinger hopes to help Gloucestershire beat Somerset Credit: ITV News

In cricket, Gloucestershire will play in front of a sell-out crowd in this evening's T20 blast competition with rivals Somerset.

The home side are currently third in the table with 4 wins from 7 matches.

Australian Michael Klinger is the tournament's top scorer ahead of some more famous names that have been dominating the headlines.

"I certainly can't hit the ball as far as Chris Gayle but if they just trickle over the rope it's enough I suppose. Personally it's been a great tournament and I'm enjoying helping the team win as many games as possible. That's all I'm trying to do - get the team off to some good starts and help us win games".

– Michael Klinger, Gloucestershire CCC


T20 Blast: Somerset lose match by two runs

Somerset's Tom Cooper scored a career-best of 84 not out. Credit: David Davies/PA

Glamorgan beat Somerset by a marginal two runs on the Duckworth-Lewis system after rain prevented them from finishing their innings.

Somerset 159 for 5 (20 overs) Glamorgan 43 for 1 (6 overs) Glamorgan won by 2 runs (D/L)

Glamorgan won the toss and put Somerset first to bat. Tom Cooper scored a career best of 84 not out.

But the rain was an obstacle from the start and play was called off just after 6pm.

Kieswetter expected to miss cricket season

Craig Kieswetter is likely to miss the 2015 season because of an eye injury suffered five months ago. Credit: Somerset County Cricket Club

Somerset and England wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter is likely to miss the 2015 cricket season because of an eye injury suffered five months ago.

The county said that 27-year-old Kieswetter, who was recently named in England's provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup that starts in February, has "struggled to regain perfect vision."

Kieswetter, who has played in 46 one-day internationals for England and 25 T20 internationals, broke his nose and damaged an eye socket while batting for Somerset against Northamptonshire.

It is really disappointing, but my eye is not 100%, and this of course is critical in maintaining the levels of performance that I expect of myself.

I need to make every effort to resolve the matter and have the best specialist help in that regard.

– Craig Kieswetter

This is clearly worrying news for Craig, and his health and well-being are paramount in our minds at present.

We will continue to support him during his treatment and rehabilitation and hope to see him return to playing as quickly as possible.

– Matthew Maynard, Somerset director of cricket

Cricketer Nick Compton to leave Somerset

Nick Compton batting for England at Lords Credit: PA

Somerset County Cricket Club has announced that Nick Compton is to leave the club by mutual agreement.

We would like to acknowledge the contribution Nick has made to Somerset CCC during his five years with the Club.

He will be missed and we are disappointed he has decided to leave. He departs with our very best wishes for the future and with our thanks for his outstanding contributions on and off the field.

– Somerset Chief Executive, Guy Lavender

I am sorry to see Nick depart as he is a quality cricketer but it is fundamentally important that he, or any player for that matter, wants to be here and is able to perform to the best of their ability; sadly this is not something Nick feels able to achieve at this time.

– Director of Cricket, Matt Maynard
Nick Compton says he wants to be based closer to home in London Credit: PA

Nick Compton will leave straight away and says he wants to base himself closer to home in London. It is thought he may return to play for his former county, Middlesex.

I have loved playing for Somerset, but I have decided to re-locate more permanently to my base in South-West London. I have always set myself the highest of professional standards, and I don't want to compromise myself or the club, going forward.

I appreciate Somerset’s understanding of my wish to balance both my personal and professional life. The club will always have a special place in my heart and I owe Brian Rose a huge debt of gratitude for the privileged opportunity he gave me to become a Somerset cricketer, which in turn has enabled me to fulfil a number of cricketing goals.

Thanks to everybody who has made me so welcome in the last five years. I have been part of some exceptional teams, experienced the warmth of Somerset's amazing supporters who make it such a great club to play for, and wish everybody connected with Somerset Cricket continued success.

– Nick Compton
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