Former Somerset and England captain Brian Close has died at the age of 84.
The cricketer is often credited with turning the County into a top class team in the 70s, helping to develop the talents of Viv Richards and Ian Botham.
Close also became the youngest player ever to win a Test cap for England when he made his debut against New Zealand in 1949 at just 18 years old.
Today Somerset County described him as "a fearless and highly respected leader" whose contribution to the club was "immense".
“Brian will be remembered with great affection by all those who were privileged to know him at Somerset. He will be greatly missed and we will never forget the part he has played in Somerset’s history.”
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.
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.
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".
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.
James Hildreth has taken his third century for Somerset Cricket this season.
Somerset and England wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter is likely to miss the 2015 cricket season because of an eye injury suffered five months ago.
The county said that 27-year-old Kieswetter, who was recently named in England's provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup that starts in February, has "struggled to regain perfect vision."
Kieswetter, who has played in 46 one-day internationals for England and 25 T20 internationals, broke his nose and damaged an eye socket while batting for Somerset against Northamptonshire.
It is really disappointing, but my eye is not 100%, and this of course is critical in maintaining the levels of performance that I expect of myself.
I need to make every effort to resolve the matter and have the best specialist help in that regard.
This is clearly worrying news for Craig, and his health and well-being are paramount in our minds at present.
We will continue to support him during his treatment and rehabilitation and hope to see him return to playing as quickly as possible.
Somerset County Cricket Club has announced that Nick Compton is to leave the club by mutual agreement.
We would like to acknowledge the contribution Nick has made to Somerset CCC during his five years with the Club.
He will be missed and we are disappointed he has decided to leave. He departs with our very best wishes for the future and with our thanks for his outstanding contributions on and off the field.
I am sorry to see Nick depart as he is a quality cricketer but it is fundamentally important that he, or any player for that matter, wants to be here and is able to perform to the best of their ability; sadly this is not something Nick feels able to achieve at this time.
Nick Compton will leave straight away and says he wants to base himself closer to home in London. It is thought he may return to play for his former county, Middlesex.
I have loved playing for Somerset, but I have decided to re-locate more permanently to my base in South-West London. I have always set myself the highest of professional standards, and I don't want to compromise myself or the club, going forward.
I appreciate Somerset’s understanding of my wish to balance both my personal and professional life. The club will always have a special place in my heart and I owe Brian Rose a huge debt of gratitude for the privileged opportunity he gave me to become a Somerset cricketer, which in turn has enabled me to fulfil a number of cricketing goals.
Thanks to everybody who has made me so welcome in the last five years. I have been part of some exceptional teams, experienced the warmth of Somerset's amazing supporters who make it such a great club to play for, and wish everybody connected with Somerset Cricket continued success.
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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.”