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Lewis Gregory named as Somerset’s County Championship captain


Lewis Gregory will lead Somerset within the County Championship this season after captaining them to the T20 Blast title in 2023. Gregory takes over as membership captain from Tom Abell, who stepped down in November after seven seasons within the position.
Gregory has captained Somerset’s T20 facet since 2018, although handed over to Abell in 2022. He led Trent Rockets to the Hundred title that 12 months, and has captained a handful of video games in first-class cricket, together with one for England Lions towards the touring Australians in 2019.

Abell stated that he felt stepping down was “in one of the best pursuits of the crew and the membership” when he resigned the captaincy final 12 months, following a quiet 12 months with the bat in red-ball cricket. Somerset have by no means received the Championship and completed sixth in Division One final season.

Dean Elgar, who had spells with the membership in 2013 and 2017, was linked with a return to Somerset as membership captain within the South African media however has as a substitute signed for Essex as a alternative for Alastair Cook dinner. His deal shall be confirmed imminently.

“I am fortunate sufficient to have been right here for some time now and performed below numerous nice captains,” Gregory stated. “To have the ability to lead the boys within the four-day format is an enormous honour and it is one thing that I am very proud to have the ability to do.

“Captaincy makes you’re feeling extra liable for what goes on within the sport and I believe that the added duty brings out one of the best in me. We have got a number of leaders within the dressing room and out on the sector and it is thrilling to consider what this group can obtain.”

Andy Hurry, Somerset’s director of cricket, stated: “Lewis has thrived below the captaincy in T20 cricket. He’s a pure chief and is held within the highest regard by his teammates and the workers on the membership. He’s extremely regarded throughout the entire altering room, has in depth expertise, has a pure potential to realize the followership of others and is the pure option to tackle the distinguished position.”

Craig Overton, who is not going to play abroad this winter after an operation on his again, has been named vice-captain. “Like Lewis, Craig has a wealth of expertise and is a real match-winner,” Hurry stated. “He has actually developed his management attributes over current years, has led the facet on numerous events and performs a giant half in shaping how we function off the sector.”

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