Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to be able to announce that Chris Gayle will be returning to the Club this summer.
The West Indian superstar has signed a six match contract to appear in this seasons NatWest T20 Blast from June 1st.
The matches that he is schedule to play in are as follows:
- Wednesday June 1st – Sussex v Somerset
- Friday June 3rd – Somerset v Essex
- Friday June 10th – Somerset v Surrey
- Wednesday June 15th – Somerset v Glamorgan
- Friday June 17th – Gloucestershire v Somerset
- Sunday June 19th – Somerset v Hampshire
The left hander made a huge impression for the County last year, scoring an amazing 328 runs in his three appearances. This included 22 fours and an incredible 29 sixes.
Following the announcement of the signing Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured the services of Chris Gayle once again. He is a genuinely world class player and was absolutely phenomenal for us last year. He is probably the biggest name in the sport at the moment and his performances in the Big Bash recently have only underlined his status as one of the most explosive players that cricket has ever seen. Taunton was absolutely rocking when he was out in the middle last year and Somerset fans can look forward to more of the same in 2016.”
Chris Gayle said: “I really enjoyed my time at Somerset last year. It’s a great Club and the supporters were absolutely incredible. I’m looking forward to seeing the fans again and to scoring some more runs. Hopefully I can help the Club make it through to the later stages of the NatWest T20 Blast.”
Somerset CCC CEO Guy Lavender said: “Chris Gayle was outstanding for us last year. Not only did he score a tremendous amount of runs in a way that only he can, he also went out of his way to involve himself in the community projects that we carry out. The master-class that he ran for over 30 of our junior supporters was typical of how he willingly gave his time for free to inspire the next generation of young cricketers.
“Everyone sees the runs that he scores but not everyone will be aware of his willingness to help off the pitch. It is these two elements which have maintained our desire to ensure that he would be back with us in 2016. Chris will join us on June 1st for an initial six NatWest T20 Blast matches, four of which will be here in Taunton giving Somerset supporters plenty of opportunity to see him in action. After this there is the potential to extend that agreement depending on how we perform in the tournament.”