Gloucestershire Captain to quit

Alex Gidman is to step down from his role as captain of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. He says he will continue to play for the team.

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Somerset cricket boss resigns

Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy is standing down
Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy is standing down from the role Credit: Somerset Cricket Club

Somerset County Cricket Club have today announced that Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy, will be leaving the Club at the end of the current season.

“With me being the type of character to always put the Club and the team first, I believe I have done as much as I can and that the time is now right to step aside.

“There have been highs and lows, and some tough decisions to have been made along the way, but what has been most pleasing to me has been the emergence of some of the younger players who have flourished and have really come through in recent months.

I have personally learnt a lot over the last two years about people and cricket, and look forward to taking this knowledge and these experiences along with me in to the future.

Lastly, I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Club and it will always have a special place in my heart. I would like to thank the Club, the players, the members and staff for allowing me to be part of Somerset and for your patience and help along the way.”

– Dave Nosworthy

Glos CCC counts the cost of the weekend washout

Washed out County Ground in Bristol
Umbrellas - and covers - were the order of the day at the County Ground in Bristol Credit: Rob Newman

One of the victims of this weekend's bad weather was probably Bristol's biggest cricket match of the season.

The One Day International between England and India was eventually abandoned yesterday, without a ball being played.

People who had tickets for the match can exchange them for tickets to Wednesday's One Day International in Cardiff.

Wet pitch at Gloucestershire County Cricket club
The pitch at the County Ground proved too sodden for play Credit: Rob Newman
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Today's 1st Royal London One-Day International #EngvInd has been officially abandoned - we are SO disappointed http://t.co/kEEOVPaOvQ

And it is still raining at the County Ground today, as the major task of dismantling all the extra seating for the One Day International gets underway.

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Kieswetter tweets pic of his injuries

Somerset cricketer, Craig Kieswetter has tweeted a picture of his face after suffering a broken nose and fractured right cheekbone.

He was injured when the ball went through the facial grille of his helmet at the LV County Championship fixture against Northampton yesterday.

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Cricket siblings released from immigration centre

Easton Cowboys cricket team campaign for the release of two of their players Credit: ITV West Country

Two Bristol siblings have been released from an immigration removal centre after more than a month in detention.

Ahad Rizvi, 19, is a keen cricketer at the Easton Cowboys Club in Bristol; last night he was already back practising in the cricket nets. The club has run a vigorous fundraising and publicity campaign to keep the siblings in the country.

Ahad and his sister Anum, 20, came to the UK from Pakistan to join their parents, who claimed asylum here; as minority Shi'a Muslims, the family say they have received death threats from Taliban militants in their home country.

But once Ahad and Anum turned 18, they had to apply for their own asylum. These bids have failed, and they are reaching the end of the appeals process. However, after a bail hearing was cancelled this week, authorities have temporarily allowed them home to Bristol.

Local MP Kerry McCarthy, who has supported their campaign, has emphasised that their legal status has not changed with their release, however.

Gloucestershire host Somerset in first T20 clash

A West Country derby between Somerset and Gloucestershire marks the start of this summer's T20 Blast cricket competition.

It is taking place at the newly redeveloped County Ground in Bristol. Both teams are determined to make a positive start to the competition - Somerset finished runners-up in three of the last five years and lifted the trophy back in 2005. Gloucestershire reached the final in 2007.

We hear the hopes of Somerset's Nick Compton and Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy as well as those of Gloucestershire's Will Tavare.

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