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Gloucestershire beat Somerset in the T20 Blast

In cricket an off-form Somerset have been beaten in the T20 blast by local rivals Gloucestershire.

The cidermen made 167 for 7 in their 20 overs at the County Ground. Gloucestershire were 168 for 3 in reply. They won by seven wickets, mainly thanks to a century from captain Michael Klinger.

Australian batsman and Gloucestershire one day captain Michael Klinger Credit: PA

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Gayle force warning for Somerset Cricket

Chris Gayle will return to Somerset County Cricket Club this summer Credit: Somerset County Cricket Club

Chris Gayle will be returning to Somerset Cricket this summer for the Natwest T20 Blast season.

The West Indian superstar, who played for the club last year, has signed a new six match contract, taking to the ground once more on June 1.

During his 2015 County season the left hander made a huge impression, scoring an amazing 328 runs in his three appearances.

This included 22 fours and an incredible 29 sixes.

328
runs scored by Chris Gayle for Somerset

I really enjoyed my time at Somerset last year. It's a great Club and the supporters were absolutely incredible. I'm looking forward to seeing the fans again and to scoring some more runs.

Hopefully I can help the Club make it through to the later stages of the NatWest T20 Blast.

– Chris Gayle
Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

In 2015 he scored:

22
Fours
29
Sixes

The matches he will play are:

  • Wednesday June 1 - Sussex v Somerset
  • Friday June 10 - Somerset v Surrey
  • Wednesday June 15 - Somerset v Glamorgan
  • Friday June 17 - Gloucestershire v Somerset
  • Sunday June 19 - Somerset v Hampshire

We are absolutely delighted to have secured the services of Chris Gayle once again. He is a genuinely world class player and was absolutely phenomenal for us last year.

He is probably the biggest name in the sport at the moment and his performances in the Big Bash recently have only underlined his status as one of the most explosive players that cricket has ever seen.

Taunton was absolutely rocking when he was out in the middle last year and Somerset fans can look forward to more of the same in 2016.

– Matt Maynard, Director of Cricket

Trescothick steps down as Somerset cricket captain

Somerset County Cricket Club have announced Marcus Trescothick is stepping down as captain for the 2016 season Credit: Somerset County Cricket club

Somerset County Cricket Club have announced Marcus Trescothick is stepping down as captain for the 2016 season.

I have loved being Captain of Somerset. It has been a tremendous privilege and honour to lead this great Club over many years but now is the right time for change.

I will be giving Chris and Jim my unconditional support, as well as focusing on scoring as many runs as I can in the season ahead. I would like to thank all of the players, coaches and Members for their support during my tenure as the Club Captain.

– Marcus Trescothick

Marcus has captained Somerset since 2010 and the decision to step down has been mutually agreed with the Club following discussions over the winter months.

Marcus has been an outstanding Captain having served the Club with passion, loyalty and commitment.

He steps down from the captaincy with the same good grace and eloquence with which he inherited it.

On behalf of everyone at Somerset County Cricket Club we salute his great achievements and look forward to his continued contribution both on and off the field

– Andy Nash, Somerset CCC Chairman

Australian Test batsman Chris Rogers will take over the reins in the County Championship, whilst Jim Allenby, who skippered the Club in the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2015, will lead the team in all white ball cricket this coming season.

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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!

Alfonso Thomas to depart Somerset at the end of the season

Alfonso Thomas to leave Somerset County Cricket Club Credit: PA: Nigel French

Somerset County Cricket Club has announced fast bowler Alfonso Thomas, who has taken over 550 wickets for the County will be leaving the club at the end of the 2015 season.

The 38 year old first joined Somerset prior to the start of the 2008 season and following a number of impressive performances for the Seconds early on, he made his First XI debut after which he became a regular member of the line up in all formats.

Alfonso has enjoyed many highlights in his career both for Somerset and indeed around the world.

His best season for Somerset was in 2010 during which he took in excess of 100 wickets and was presented with the ‘Player of the Year Award’ something he went on to win for the second time after the conclusion of the 2014 season.

He has led Somerset on numerous occasions in Marcus Trescothick’s absence, most memorably during Somerset’ remarkable run in the Champions League T20 in 2011 when they reached the semi-final stage.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my career at Somerset and extend huge thanks to Brian Rose who believed in me some years ago and asked me to join the Club. I wish my teammates and Club all the best for the future.

It’s been great fun but like all good things they eventually come to an end. I am intending to remain in cricket, either continuing to play or by making the transition into coaching – it was a great privilege to be asked by Gary Kirsten to work with his bowlers during the IPL in India this year that I really enjoyed.

I plan to take a few weeks over the off season to consider several alternative options before deciding exactly which path to take. I hope that at some point in the future I will get the opportunity to be involved in the Club in some capacity.

I've had fantastic support from the supporters over the years and would like them to know that it has always been greatly appreciated.

– Alfonso Thomas
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