Giles Clarke portrait unveiled


A portrait was unveiled in our Long Room last week to mark the contribution that Giles Clarke CBE has made to Somerset County Cricket Club.

The portrait, painted by Anthony Oakshott, was unveiled at a special ceremony which was conducted by Somerset CCC Chairman Andy Nash during our Specsavers County Championship match with Nottinghamshire.

Mr Clarke served as Somerset CCC Chairman from 2002 to 2008 and was the Chairman of the ECB from 2007 to 2015.  He is currently the President of the ECB.

Following the unveiling ceremony Mr Clarke said: “I’m hugely proud of what everybody at the Club has achieved and it’s an enormous honour to have my portrait hanging in the Long Room.  I’m just so proud that there are so many people from Somerset who have contributed to what has been accomplished at this ground.

“It’s remarkable that we now see advertisements for an England versus South Africa match here in Taunton.  That was unthinkable 14 years ago.  It has come about because so many people have been willing to believe in what many thought was impossible.”

Somerset Chairman Andy Nash said: “Giles has played a vital role in ensuring that the Club is where it is today.  He was the driving force behind the redevelopment of the Cooper Associates County Ground.  Without his vision and his determination to get things done, we wouldn’t be in the position that we are in today.”