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Cricket: Somerset to release three players

Adam Dibble, George Dockrell and James Regan will all be leaving the County Ground at the end of the season Credit: PA

Somerset County Cricket Club will be saying goodbye to three players at the end of the season - fast bowler Adam Dibble, left arm spinner George Dockrell and wicket-keeper James Regan.

It is always tough to release young players but ultimately we do have to make the types of judgments that are in their long term interests as well as the Club’s.

In the case of Adam, George and James, that task is made all the more difficult because they are outstanding young men and I am sure all of them will have a promising future in whatever direction life takes them.

– Director of Cricket, Matt Maynard

Somerset saved from relegation

In cricket, Somerset went into their final County Championship match at home against Warwickshire knowing that they needed seven points to guarantee their place in the First Division next season.

Today they have done just that - and in style. At one point the visitors lost five wickets for no runs.

What a way to avoid relegation!

Cricketer Nick Compton to leave Somerset

Nick Compton batting for England at Lords Credit: PA

Somerset County Cricket Club has announced that Nick Compton is to leave the club by mutual agreement.

We would like to acknowledge the contribution Nick has made to Somerset CCC during his five years with the Club.

He will be missed and we are disappointed he has decided to leave. He departs with our very best wishes for the future and with our thanks for his outstanding contributions on and off the field.

– Somerset Chief Executive, Guy Lavender

I am sorry to see Nick depart as he is a quality cricketer but it is fundamentally important that he, or any player for that matter, wants to be here and is able to perform to the best of their ability; sadly this is not something Nick feels able to achieve at this time.

– Director of Cricket, Matt Maynard
Nick Compton says he wants to be based closer to home in London Credit: PA

Nick Compton will leave straight away and says he wants to base himself closer to home in London. It is thought he may return to play for his former county, Middlesex.

I have loved playing for Somerset, but I have decided to re-locate more permanently to my base in South-West London. I have always set myself the highest of professional standards, and I don't want to compromise myself or the club, going forward.

I appreciate Somerset’s understanding of my wish to balance both my personal and professional life. The club will always have a special place in my heart and I owe Brian Rose a huge debt of gratitude for the privileged opportunity he gave me to become a Somerset cricketer, which in turn has enabled me to fulfil a number of cricketing goals.

Thanks to everybody who has made me so welcome in the last five years. I have been part of some exceptional teams, experienced the warmth of Somerset's amazing supporters who make it such a great club to play for, and wish everybody connected with Somerset Cricket continued success.

– Nick Compton


Gloucestershire host Somerset in first T20 clash

A West Country derby between Somerset and Gloucestershire marks the start of this summer's T20 Blast cricket competition.

It is taking place at the newly redeveloped County Ground in Bristol. Both teams are determined to make a positive start to the competition - Somerset finished runners-up in three of the last five years and lifted the trophy back in 2005. Gloucestershire reached the final in 2007.

We hear the hopes of Somerset's Nick Compton and Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy as well as those of Gloucestershire's Will Tavare.

Somerset cricketers in T20 local derby

This summer's T20 Blast cricket competition is underway this evening for Somerset against south west neighbours Gloucestershire.

Captain Marcus Trescothick and his team are determined to make a positive start to the competition in which they've finished runners-up in three of the last five years.

It's also the last trophy the Cidermen won in 2005.

Nick Compton and Dave Nosworthy, the Director of Cricket, say they're out to win but their local rivals are tough competition.

Jos Buttler to leave Somerset CCC

Jos Buttler. Credit: PA

Jos Buttler will leave Somerset County Cricket Club at the end of this season.

The Club said it was very disappointed to make the announcement.

Chief Executive Guy Lavender said: “Both Jos and the Club have worked extremely hard over the last few months to find a solution, which satisfies Jos's understandable desire to have more time behind the stumps in order to advance his international career.

Guy Lavender went on to say: "I would like to make it clear that he has behaved impeccably during this difficult process."

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