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Matt Maynard takes up his post at Somerset Cricket Club

Matt Maynard is Somerset's new Director of Cricket Credit: ITV News

Somerset's newly appointed Director of Cricket, Matt Maynard, started his new post at the County Ground today.

He's been charged with returning the club to the top of the game and delivering trophy success - and he says he can achieve it.

As a player, Maynard delivered the goods, He captained Glamorgan - the club he served for twenty years - to their very first Championship title in 1997, ironically enough by defeating Somerset at Taunton on the last day of the season.

No one has ever managed to lead Somerset to the game's top prize in 132 years but Maynard can't wait to get started.

He says: "It hasn't really fulfilled its potential over the last couple of years and you want to try and create an environment to allow the players to fulfil that, and hopefully I can bring that to them."

Tom Maynard was killed by a train in London two years ago Credit: ITV News

Maynard admitts that the death of his son, Tom, two years ago left him questioning his future within the game. The 23 year old cricketer was struck by a train in London.

"It was last winter really that I thought I'd lost the will to coach if I'm honest, and then working with the under 19's last winter in preparation for the World Cup - I loved it and I got that real buzz back again, you know I thought this feeling had gone and there is was, it was back again."

Somerset now hope he can lead them back out of the gloom and propel the club to new heights.


Petersen will return to Somerset in 2014

Alviro Petersen will play for Somerset next year. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Somerset County Cricket Club have confirmed South African Test batsman Alviro Petersen will be returning to the Club as their overseas player for the 2014 season.

During his spell with the County in 2013 the top order batter, who has played in 26 Test matches, appeared in six Championship games in which he scored 562 runs at an average of 46.83, including a century on his debut at the Oval.

Somerset Cricket Captain cycles for charity

Somerset Cricket Captain cycles for charity Credit: ITV News West Country

A group of cricketers, including Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick and recently-departed wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, are involved in a charity bike ride across the country.

The ride started at Durham's Riverside ground and will finish at Lord's on Tuesday. The cricketers will cover more than 400 miles and are raising money for the Tom Maynard Trust and the Professional Cricketers' Association Benevolent Fund.


Arul 'devastated' to be retiring from cricket

This is the hardest decision of my life especially having played for Somerset for so long. After consultation with the specialist, I realise I have no choice but to retire.

I have so many happy memories of my time at Somerset and would like to thank everybody from players, staff and members who have supported me during my playing career at the County.

Somerset will always be my County and from the other side of the boundary ropes I shall continue to support the lads in everyway I can.”

– Arul Suppiah, Somerset Cricketer

Somerset's Arul Suppiah to retire from cricket

Arul Suppiah. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Somerset Cricketer Arul Suppiah has retired from the game with immediate effect, Somerset County Cricket announced on Thursday.

The Twenty20 bowling world record holder has been suffering from serious injuries in both knees that have led to a rapid deterioration in their condition in recent months.

The 29 year old Malaysian arrived at Millfield School on a cricket scholarship at the age of 13 and has played for Somerset ever since.

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YB40 match moved to Taunton amid concerns over pitch at The Rec

Taunton's County Ground, where the 40-over match will now be played Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Somerset have moved their 40-over match against Yorkshire from Bath to Taunton due to concerns over the pitch at The Recreation Ground.

The match in the YB40 competition was due to be played in Bath on August 15 but after consulting with the ECB, Somerset decided to move it to the County Ground.

However, the county insist they remain committed to playing one-day games at the Rec in the future once the pitch has been improved.

Guy Lavender, Somerset’s CEO said:

“This is very disappointing for everyone concerned and we apologise for the inconvenience that this change of venue will inevitably cause. Over the last few weeks we have undertaken a detailed pitch survey and inspection by both our Head Groundsman and the ECB’s specialist pitch consultant.

Their conclusions were unequivocal, identifying significant risks that the pitch would not be capable of hosting this important penultimate round fixture."

Those who have purchased tickets for the match will be contacted by post and given new ticketing options.

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