Twelve months on from retiring after a long and highly successful career in First Class cricket, former Somerset bowler Alfonso Thomas is back working at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
On Tuesday evening the 39 year old pacemen was announced as the new fast bowling coach to work with the Somerset Academy.
Alfonso, who took over 550 wickets for Somerset during his eight year’s with the Club, said: “It’s very exciting for me to be back working with the Academy bowlers and I’m really looking forward to getting started. I’ve done some work with the Somerset age group teams and during the summer I got a taste of what was involved with the County Under 19 game against Warwickshire when Steve Snell asked me to take charge of the game. I certainly enjoyed the experience and I must have done something right because Steve has asked me to work with the bowlers on the Academy during the winter.”
Looking forward to his new role Alfonso said: “There are some talented bowlers in the group and this is a great opportunity for them. I’m excited at the prospect of working with them and helping them in any way that I can. I will be working with the bowlers at a stage where I can coach them individually and help to shape their development. I hope that we can produce the Somerset players of the future. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passing on my expertise to them which is an exciting prospect for me.”
Since he left Somerset at the end of the 2015 season Alfonso has been pretty busy as he explained: “I’ve played some club cricket for Exeter in the Devon League and now I’ve taken on a job at Downside School where I am going to head up the cricket development, which is also exciting for me. I know that the Somerset Cricket Board are using the school facilities at Downside which have been updated for indoor activities in that part of the county and I am hoping that this can be developed further. They’ve got some great facilities and lovely grounds. In fact Somerset played a game at Downside a long time ago.”
Thommo was also involved with coaching in the Kia Super League this summer. “I was involved with the Western Storm in the summer which was a different experience and made me realize just how much the women’s game has developed and evolved over the last few years. I enjoyed working with the women’s squad very much and I hope I’m invited to do the same thing this coming summer.”
Alfonso added: “My own Academy is going well too and I still want to be involved with the high performance side of things as well, so at the moment I’m very busy and enjoying life.”