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Somerset sign Australian opening batsman for 2018

Somerset County Cricket Club have signed Australian Cameron Bancroft. Credit: PA

Somerset County Cricket Club have announced the signing of Cameron Bancroft for 2018.

The 25-year-old Australian batsman, currently opening the batting against England in the Ashes, will be joining the County as an overseas player and he will be available for the majority of the campaign.

Cameron will be available, subject to permission from Cricket Australia, for the start of the 2018 Specsavers County Championship season, all of the Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures plus the six remaining Championship matches that take place after the T20 Blast group stages.

This will provide us with the continuity that we are looking for from an overseas signing.

– Andy Hurry, Somerset Director of Cricket

Bancroft made his international debut in this winter’s first Ashes Test, making an eye-catching 82 in Australia’s second innings.

He also has an impressive record in first class cricket with a top score of 228 not out.

I’m really excited to be joining a county with so much potential. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Somerset from Justin Langer and it’s clear that they are a team heading in the right direction. There’s a long history of Australian’s doing well at Taunton, so hopefully I can add my name to that list.

– Cameron Bancroft

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.

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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.

Somerset miss out on County Championship

Somerset's players reflect on what could have been Credit: PA

Somerset County Cricket Club narrowly missed out on the county championship after Middlesex bowled out Yorkshire with four overs remaining.

Somerset need their rivals to draw but Middlesex's bowling superiority triumphed in the final few hours of daylight.

This was the scene at the County Ground in Taunton, as fans were glued to the screen all afternoon, in the hope that Somerset would secure their first ever championship title:

So close but yet so far! Somerset's fans will have to wait until next season

Somerset's record run scorer, Marcus Trescothick, and captain, Chris Rogers, said they were both disappointed at the way the season ended:

Somerset captain: 'that's it from me, I'm getting old'

Chris Rogers in action for Australia Credit: PA

Somerset County Cricket Club captain Chris Rogers has announced his retirement after leading his side to victory and potentially a first ever championship title.

Rogers scored back-to-back centuries in the final game of the season against Nottinghamshire, but said after the game, 'that's it from me, I'm getting old'.

Somerset could go on to claim the county championship, but need rivals Middlesex and Yorkshire to draw.

  • Watch Chris's interview with Seth Conway as he reflects on the crunch game and his decision to quit

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Alfonso Thomas to depart Somerset at the end of the season

Alfonso Thomas to leave Somerset County Cricket Club Credit: PA: Nigel French

Somerset County Cricket Club has announced fast bowler Alfonso Thomas, who has taken over 550 wickets for the County will be leaving the club at the end of the 2015 season.

The 38 year old first joined Somerset prior to the start of the 2008 season and following a number of impressive performances for the Seconds early on, he made his First XI debut after which he became a regular member of the line up in all formats.

Alfonso has enjoyed many highlights in his career both for Somerset and indeed around the world.

His best season for Somerset was in 2010 during which he took in excess of 100 wickets and was presented with the ‘Player of the Year Award’ something he went on to win for the second time after the conclusion of the 2014 season.

He has led Somerset on numerous occasions in Marcus Trescothick’s absence, most memorably during Somerset’ remarkable run in the Champions League T20 in 2011 when they reached the semi-final stage.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my career at Somerset and extend huge thanks to Brian Rose who believed in me some years ago and asked me to join the Club. I wish my teammates and Club all the best for the future.

It’s been great fun but like all good things they eventually come to an end. I am intending to remain in cricket, either continuing to play or by making the transition into coaching – it was a great privilege to be asked by Gary Kirsten to work with his bowlers during the IPL in India this year that I really enjoyed.

I plan to take a few weeks over the off season to consider several alternative options before deciding exactly which path to take. I hope that at some point in the future I will get the opportunity to be involved in the Club in some capacity.

I've had fantastic support from the supporters over the years and would like them to know that it has always been greatly appreciated.

– Alfonso Thomas
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