Somerset CCC has appointed Matthew Maynard as the new Director of Cricket.
The 48 year old spent the whole of his 20 year playing career with Glamorgan where he made 395 First Class appearances scoring nearly 25,000 runs at an average of 42.53. He also led the Welsh side to the County Championship title in 1997.
Maynard played in 4 Test Matches between 1988 and 1994 and 14 One Day Internationals between 1994 and 2000. In 2004 Maynard was appointed as England assistant coach, a post he held until 2007.
Maynard has also enjoyed considerable success coaching in South Africa and in 2012, his first year in charge of Nashua Titans, he led them to both the domestic four day and T20 titles and was named Coach of the Year by Cricket South Africa.
“I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as the Director of Cricket at Somerset CCC. It’s a huge honour. It will be a new challenge for me and one that I am looking forward to very much. I’m very excited about being involved with such a talented group of players and I can’t wait to get started.”
“We are delighted that Matt has been appointed as our Director of Cricket and he will have direct responsibility for coaching the 1st XI. His track record speaks for itself and he has a wealth of leadership experience, coaching knowledge and passion for the game. I have every confidence that he will build on our strong foundations and the winter period provides a great opportunity for him to prepare the squad for a successful 2015. I know he will receive a very warm welcome from all the coaching and playing staff, as well as our Members and supporters.”
Somerset's Marcus Trescothick got on his bike this morning at the start of a five day fund raising journey through the south west to raise funds for a new pavilion at the County Ground in Taunton. Before getting on the saddle in St Austell, he spoke to ITV News
The ride will take in Plymouth, Dawlish, Bath and Crewkerne before finishing in Taunton on Friday afternoon.
Plymouth Albion RFC today received official confirmation from the Rugby Football Union that England Under 20’s will be playing their first home game in this seasons Six Nations Championship at Brickfields.
England Under 20’s, who are the current world champions, will play Italy on Friday 13 February with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.
When England Under 20’s last played at Brickfields two years ago they beat Scotland 15-6 and went on to win the Six Nations title.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been selected, through a competitive bidding process, to once again host England Under 20’s. “We know the success of the England Under 20’s match against Scotland, which we were privileged to stage in February 2013, was a major factor in being awarded this game. “It will be a fantastic opportunity for all rugby followers in the region to get an early taste of international rugby as we build for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”
The cricket season may be over but Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick and other members of the team aren't taking a break just yet. They are starting a bike ride this morning (9.30) to raise money for a new pavilion. They're setting off from St Austell in Cornwall and will finish at the County Ground in Taunton on Friday. They hope to raise thousands of pounds towards the £3.8 million project.
Plymouth City Council has given an £800,000 loan to Plymouth Argyle to help the club settle its debts.
A council spokesman said they would do whatever they could to help the club stay financially viable; it came out of administration in 2011. Argyle will have to repay the loan at 4.8% interest over five years.