The new cricket season gets underway this weekend. Gloucestershire begin their County Championship second division opener against Hampshire on Sunday.
It will be the first match to be played in front of the new pavilion - the centrepiece of an ongoing and major redevelopment of the County Ground.
Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick says he sympathises with England batsman Jonathan Trott who has left the Ashes tour in Australia because of a stress related illness.
Trescothick left the 2005-06 India tour and the 2006-07 Ashes tour of Australia due to a similar condition. He told Sky Sports: “You just can’t take any more, you just can’t get through the day let alone go out there and play a Test match and a Test match. I sympathise with Trotty.
“I’ve been in that exact situation in ’06 and ’07 and tried to make that decision knowing that the consequences and all the attention it’s going to bring on to you are going to be tough.
“I think we just need to allow a bit of time, that’s the key at this point."
Somerset County Cricket Club has announced that Marcus Trescothick will captain the team in 2014, with James Hildreth vice-captain. It is Trescothick's fifth year in the role, but a first for Hildreth.
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Somerset have eased their relegation fears after a 7-wicket victory over Surrey in the County Championship at Taunton this afternoon.
Somerset's attempts to avoid relegation from Division One of the County Championship suffered a blow as they lost to fellow strugglers Derbyshire.
The hosts set Derbyshire 244 to win and the visitors reached their target with two wickets to spare.
The result sees Derbyshire move a point above Somerset in the table with just two games left to play.
Gloucestershire are back in YB40 action today as they take on Glamorgan at the County Ground (1.45pm).
Defeat by Middlesex at Lord's on Thursday has left Michael Klinger and his team needing victories from their last two Group C fixtures to qualify for the semi-finals.
Somerset have failed to make it to T20 finals day for the first time in 5 years after losing tonight's quarter-final with Surrey at the Oval.
Somerset made 148 for 6 in their 20 overs. Craig Kieswetter top scored with 70 not out.
But Surrey comfortably reached their target, winning by 3 wickets with 6 balls to spare.
Somerset are through to the quarter-finals of this year's T20 competition.
They needed to win tonight's match at Warwickshire to guarantee their place in the last 8.
Somerset managed 175 for 5 in their 20 overs - Craig Kieswetter top scored with 76.
In reply, the hosts could only manage 165 for 3, so Somerset won by 10 runs.
Somerset were unable to build on last night's T20 win over West Country rivals Gloucestershire.
They travelled to Worcestershire today, and although they hit 188 for 4 in their 20 overs with Pete Trego and Craig Kieswetter impressive, the hosts responded with 191 for 5 to win the match by 5 wickets.
But despite the defeat, Somerset still have a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.