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AZHAR Ali is already fully focused on helping Somerset to a first-ever County Championship title. The 33-year-old Pakistan batsman, signed to replace the injured Matt Renshaw for the last seven four-day games, boasts an impressive record, having appeared in 62 Test Matches, scoring over 5,100 runs at an average of more than 46, including 14 …

JASON Kerr delivered a blunt verdict on Somerset’s four-wicket Vitality Blast by arch-rivals Gloucestershire at Bristol, admitting: “We were not good enough with bat or ball.” The head coach was in no mood to offer excuses after Ian Cockbain’s 43 from 22 balls had helped the hosts gain revenge for defeat at Taunton a week …

PETER Trego gazed at the sun setting over an emptying Cooper Associates County Ground, clutched his man-of-the-match champagne, and declared: “It doesn’t get any better than this.” The evergreen Somerset all-rounder had just put Gloucestershire’s bowling attack to the sword in front of a sell-out 7,000 crowd on a glorious summer evening to give his …

DOM Bess and Jack Leach have been named in a strong England Lions squad to take on India A in a four-day First Class match at New Road, Worcester, starting next week. It means the two Somerset spinners could find themselves head-to-head for a place in the Test squad to face India later this summer. …

DORSET County Cricket Club’s much anticipated T20 friendly against Somerset ended in defeat at North Perrott CC’s in front of a good crowd on Tuesday evening. The Monkeys’ Willis Lane ground will rarely have hosted such a star studded line-up as took the to field for Somerset who included a full strength line up in …

BETWEEN 1966 and 1979 Somerset all-rounder Graham Burgess  played in 252 First Class matches and 210 one-day games, and was part of the side during the ‘Glory Years’ when they lifted five one-day trophies in as many seasons. Following his retirement, Burgess became a well-respected umpire on the First Class circuit for 19 seasons. As …

JASON Kerr detects “something special” developing at Somerset in the build-up to the new county cricket season. And that makes the head coach bullishly confident about the summer ahead. “It’s hard to explain, but there has been a work ethic, unity and hunger about the players in the build-up, which is exceptional,” he said. “I …

SOMERSET Cricket Club spinner Jack Leach’s full England test debut ended in disappointment as the team just failed to complete a disappointing winter with a win in their final match against New Zealand at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Set an likely 382 to win, the hosts began the final day on 42-0 but were …