George Dockrell reflects on his time with Somerset
It was announced last week that George Dockrell was being released by the Club.
Today he has been looking back on his time at the County Ground. “I first came here when I was just 15 years old,” he said. “It was to take part in a spin clinic with Jack Birkenshaw, so it seems like I have been associated with Somerset for a long time.
23 year old George, who was born in Dublin, first played for Somerset Seconds at the end of 2010 when he signed a two year contract. He made his championship debut in 2011 and in the opening match of the following season he enjoyed career best figures of six for 27 against Middlesex, which he followed up with six for 29 against Durham later that year. He enjoyed another six-wicket haul against Warwickshire in 2013 and last season took 21 wickets at 35.76 runs each in the nine championship matches he played.
During his time with the county Dockrell played in 29 championship matches in which he took 75 wickets at an average of 33.93. He also played 15 List A games in which he took seven wickets and 22 T20 games where he took 19 wickets at 27 runs each.
Dockrell said: “ I owe a special debt of thanks to Brian Rose who invited me over in the first place and then offered me a contract which I signed when I was 17. Since then there have been so many good times.”
He added: “I have enjoyed all of my involvement with the Club and everybody who I have met and played cricket alongside. I may be leaving Somerset but I will certainly be keeping in touch with the friends that I have made during my time here.”
This winter is going to be pretty busy for George because he will be involved with tours to Zimbabwe and Namibia with Ireland before Christmas.