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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

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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.

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!

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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.

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