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Cricket: Somerset's biggest match underway

Somerset win the toss

Somerset have won the toss and chosen to bat in one of the biggest matches in the club's history.

Victory against Nottinghamshire in the 4 day county championship match at Taunton could see the cider county win the league title for the first time in the club's history. Middlesex are playing Yorkshire at Lords with both of those sides also in contention to win the title.

Somerset need to win and then hope the other game finishes as a draw or Yorkshire win with less bonus points than Somerset achieve.

All on last game for Somerset County

Somerset won their penultimate match against Yorkshire Credit: Somerset County Cricket Club

League leaders Middlesex have drawn their game against Lancashire today which means the outcome of the County Championship will go down to the last round of matches starting next Tuesday.

Somerset still have the chance to win the Championship for the first time in their history after beating Yorkshire by 10 wickets in their penultimate match.

The cider county are in 3rd place just ten points behind leaders Middlesex and just one point behind 2nd place Yorkshire.

Those two sides play each other at Lords while Somerset host Nottinghamshire in Taunton.

If the meeting of the top two ends in a draw and Somerset win then Somerset will almost certainly be champions of England.

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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

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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