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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.


Marcus Trescothick cycles for charity

Marcus Trescothick cycles for charity Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Overton twins sign new contracts with Somerset

Jamie Overton signs contract extension with Somerset Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

Craig Overton in action Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

YB40 match moved to Taunton amid concerns over pitch at The Rec

Taunton's County Ground, where the 40-over match will now be played Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

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.


Trescothick believes county is ready

Somerset Cricket Team Credit: ITV West

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.