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Somerset survive on final day of season

Somerset's Craig Overton has been included in England's Ashes squad. Credit: PA

Somerset County Cricket Club have successfully avoided relegation, defeating fellow strugglers Middlesex by 231 runs at Taunton.

Going into the match Somerset were in the relegation position and appeared the favourites to go down.

They restricted Middlesex to just 142 in the first innings meaning a victory would be enough to guarantee top flight status for another season.

Declaring yesterday when on 250-9, a remarkable bowling spell this morning dismantled the Middlesex batting lineup with 7 wickets falling for just 73 runs.

Somerset's Jack Leach who yesterday Sir Ian Botham said should have made the Ashes squad responded in style by claiming five wickets.

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Middlesex must now await Hampshire's result against Warwickshire to see which team will be relegated.

Matt Maynard to leave Somerset Cricket Club at end of season

Maynard says he will leave the club "with a heavy heart". Credit: ITV West Country

Somerset Cricket Club says Director of Cricket Matt Maynard will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

The club has decided to separate the roles of Director of Cricket and Head Coach.

Somerset CEO Lee Cooper says the club is parting company with Maynard "on very amicable terms".

He has worked tremendously hard for Somerset County Cricket Club during his tenure and we unreservedly thank him for his contribution.

– Lee Cooper

Maynard says he will leave the club "with a heavy heart".

I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years in Taunton and would like to thank all the players, support staff, committee and Members for their support during my tenure. We came so close to securing the Holy Grail last season, but it was not to be. With the enormously talented young players at the Club, along with the quality senior players, I’m sure success and silverware will come in the not too distant future.

– Matt Maynard

Somerset says it will announce a new Director of Cricket and Head Coach shortly.

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England cricketer Ben Stokes was arrested and released without charge in Bristol

Stokes had been playing at Gloucestershire's Brightside Ground in Bristol. Credit: PA

The ECB says Ben Stokes was arrested after an incident in Bristol early Monday morning and released without charge.

Stokes played for England in Sunday's win over the West Indies, scoring 73 runs.

Avon and Somerset Police say they were called to a disorder in Queens Road, Clifton, at around 2.35am on Monday.

A 27-year-old man was found to have suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment.

The ECB says all-rounder Stokes will not be available for tomorrow’s fourth one-day international against West Indies.

The governing body adds Stokes' team-mate Alex Hales will also miss tomorrow's match after he "returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help Police with their enquiries".

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be available for tomorrow’s One-Day International match against West Indies at The Oval. Stokes was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, 25 September, following an incident in Bristol. He was held overnight and released under investigation - without charge - late on Monday and will not join the team in London. Hales, who was with Stokes on Sunday night, did not train this morning and has returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help Police with their enquiries. You will understand that we cannot offer further detail at this stage but will provide any updates when we can.

– ECB Statement
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