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Somerset Director of Cricket Matthew Maynard signs two-year contract extension

Somerset Director of Cricket Matthew Maynard has signed a new two-year contract extension with the county. Credit: PA Images

Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynard has signed a two-year contract extension to stay at Taunton until the end of 2019.

Maynard oversaw a 2016 campaign which took Somerset to the brink of a first Specsavers County Championship title in their history, finishing second to Middlesex only after their rivals pulled off a tense victory over Yorkshire in the final session of the summer at Lord's.

Somerset also reached the semi-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Somerser were left disappointed at the end of last season after being pipped to the County Championship title by Middlesex. Credit: PA Images

Maynard said:

I've felt at home since the moment I joined the club and I'm delighted to have signed this extension. I'm looking forward to taking this project forward as far as possible.

It's going to be exciting to see if we can go that one step further in the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup as well as improving in the NatWest T20 Blast."

– Matthew Maynard, Somerset Director of Cricket
Maynard alongside former captain Chris Rogers who announced his retirement at the end of last season. Credit: PA Images

Somerset's Chief Executive Guy Lavender said:

Everyone at the club is extremely excited about what this group of players can achieve, and Matt is certainly the man to help them reach their potential. 2016 was an excellent season for Somerset, and Matt's leadership was an integral element of that. We are confident that, with Matt at the helm, the club can build on what was achieved this year."

– Guy Lavender, Somerset Chief Executive