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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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Somerset sign Pakistan international Sohail Tanvir

Sohail Tanvir is known for his unique bowling style Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Somerset County Cricket Club have signed Pakistan international Sohail Tanvir for the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast.

The 30 year old left-arm medium-fast bowler is known for his unique action and has over 100 caps for his country.

Sohail Tanvir is a quality top order bowler and a dangerous lower order batsman. There is no doubt that he will be an extremely useful addition to the squad for the NatWest T20 Blast this year.

– Matt Maynard, Director of Somerset County Cricket

Somerset wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter to see specialists over serious eye injury

Somerset and England wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter will see a number of specialists over the next few weeks as he continues to battle back from a serious eye injury he sustained last season.

When he came back at the tail end of last season Craig knew that his eye wasn’t quite as good as it was prior to the injury. Then when he played in the Ram Slam T20 over in South Africa it became evident to Craig that the eye hadn’t improved from where it was at the end of the season so that’s obviously a concern for him. He will see an eye specialist in Belgium next week, as well as seeing a specialist in the USA. That will hopefully give some indication as to what will happen going forward.

– Matt Maynard Somerset CCC’s Director of Cricket
Craig Kieswetter may miss the 2015 season because of an eye injury Credit: Somerset County Cricket Club

The coach is planning on the assumption that Mr Kieswetter won't be playing for the summer, but will be delighted to have him back if the results from the specialist prove positive.

Craig has to think quite selfishly at this stage about what’s best for him. He loves playing cricket for Somerset and I am sure that he would love to continue doing so but first and foremost he knows that his eye has got to be right.

“Obviously we all wish him the very best with the upcoming appointments with the specialists and hopefully we’ll have some good news for both Craig and Somerset County Cricket Club.”

– Matt Maynard Somerset CCC’s Director of Cricket

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Somerset rugby players swap the crease for the kitchen

From left to right: Steve Kirby, Gemaal Hussain, Adam Dibble and Peter Trego. Credit: Somerset County Gazette

Somerset County Cricket Club’s players swapped their cricket whites for chef whites and their helmets for hobs this week when they took part in a special charity event.

“Wicket To Waiter” saw members of the 1st team squad go from crease to kitchen as they helped to prepare, cook and serve a three course dinner at Brazz in Taunton which raised more than £2,500 for Brainwave and The Somerset Wildlife Trust.