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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.

Second straight win for the Pirates

It's two wins on the bounce for the Cornish Pirates in the Championship.

They won 24-22 at Doncaster thanks to second half tries from Tom Kessell, Matt Evans and Kieran Hallett.

The Pirates scored three tries at Doncaster.

Our other sides are in action tomorrow. Exeter Chiefs make the long journey to Newcastle in the Premiership (3pm), while in the Championship, Plymouth Albion travel to London Scottish (3.15pm).

Fourth straight win for the Grecians

Jimmy Keohane's 81st minute penalty and Arron Davies' header secured the three points.

Exeter City scored twice in the last ten minutes to win 2-1 at Dagenham and Redbridge tonight.

Former Grecian Jamie Cureton had given the hosts an early lead. But Jimmy Keohane and Arron Davies found the net late in the game to give Paul Tisdale's men their fourth straight win.

Exeter move up to 11th in the table.

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Demolition begins on Somerset's Old Pavilion

Bulldozer starts work on the old Pavilion in Taunton Credit: Somerset CCC

Demolition work has begun at Somerset's County Ground in Taunton where the old pavilion is being knocked down to make way for a new facility.

The new building will comprise high-quality covered seating behind the bowlers arm, alongside a large bar and entertainment area, high-quality corporate/media facilities and a roof top viewing area.

Once completed the new building will also bring the ground up to the standard required to host International cricket.

England call up for Exeter City duo

Exeter City's Matt Grimes called up for England Under-20 duty Credit: John Walton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Exeter City's teenage duo Matt Grimes and Christy Pym have once again been selected to represent England at Under-20 level.

The pair will link up with the international squad following the Grecian's Friday night game at Dagenham & Redbridge. They will fly out to the Netherlands with their England teammates, where the Young Lions will compete in a round-robin with Germany, Netherlands and Turkey.

Goalkeeper Christy Pym at a previous England training session Credit: Mike EgertonPA Wire
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Matthew Maynard joins Somerset as Director of Cricket

Matthew Maynard, Somerset's new Director of Cricket Credit: Somerset CCC

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.”

– Matthew Maynard

“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.”

– Guy Lavender, Somerset, Chief Executive
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