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.
North Devon twins Craig and Jamie Overton have signed extensions to their contracts with Somerset County Cricket Club for a further three seasons.
The 19 year olds graduated through the Somerset Academy and made their County debuts in 2012.
Since then they have both gone on to play for the England Lions while Jamie was a member of the England One Day squad for the series against Australia during this summer.
Somerset’s Director of Cricket Dave Nosworthy said: “As a Club we are extremely pleased to have secured these two young diamonds. Both Craig and Jamie are very highly rated nationally and as west-country lads we are excited to be able help them develop and have them performing on the field for us.
Somerset cricket duo Jos Buttler and Jamie Overton are on England Lions duty against Bangladesh A this week.
The three-match series starts today at Bristol's County Ground before moving to Taunton on Thursday.
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.
– The Chairman of the Cricket Committee
We are delighted that Pete has signed a new contract with us. Since returning to his home county in 2006 he has been a major force in helping Somerset to become one of the most competitive sides in cricket.”
Somerset Captain Marcus Trescothick believes the county is ready for twenty-twenty cup success as he and the team prepare for their fourth successive finals day.
Somerset, who have lost the final in each of the past three seasons, play Hampshire in the second semi-final at Cardiff on Saturday.