Hundreds attend AGM and see new President elected


Last night saw the Somerset County Cricket Club AGM take place at the County Ground, Taunton.

There wasn’t a spare seat in the house as over 230 people packed in to the County Room to hear the business of the evening discussed.

After a brief introduction from Vice Chairman David Gabbitass, which included a message from outgoing Club President Roy Kerslake, Chairman Andy Nash provided an overview of a wide range of issues including the Club’s six strategic aims which are: 1) Competing in all forms of the game, 2) Delivering successful events, 3) Building world class facilities, 4) Increasing financial strength, 5) Making a difference in our community and 6) Developing our people.

Attention then turned to the cricket itself as Director of Cricket Matt Maynard took to the stage and outlined the Club’s on-field prospects moving forward.  Matt revealed that Craig Meschede would be leaving the County to join Glamorgan and that an announcement regarding overseas players would be made later this week.

Chief Executive Guy Lavender then discussed the future of the domestic game and explained how Somerset’s views would be represented in response to any detailed proposals that were put forward by the ECB.

Club Treasurer Malcolm Derry presented the Club’s financial report before being re-elected as Honorary Treasurer whilst BJ Dixon Walsh were voted to continue as the Club auditors.

After a number of questions from the floor, a ballot was held to elect the Club’s new Honorary President.  Following the ballot it was announced that Mr Richard Parsons will serve the Club in the role for the next three years.

After the AGM, Chief Executive Guy Lavender said: “There was an excellent turnout for this evening’s event and I would like to thank all of the Members who took the time to attend.  As always there were some excellent and challenging questions from the floor covering a range of topics.

“As a Members Club, the opinions of our Members are of paramount importance to us.  To operate effectively as a Club we must be responsive to the needs of our Members and events such as these provide us with the dialogue necessary to do just that.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Richard Parsons on his election as Honorary Club President.  He has a long and distinguished association with the Club and I have no doubt that he will continue the good work of his predecessor Roy Kerslake.”