Three say farewell to Somerset
At the end of this season Somerset will be saying goodbye to three players who have all made valuable contributions to the Club during their time at the County Ground.
Fast bowler Adam Dibble came through the Somerset Academy and made quite an impression for the Second XI in 2009 and 2010. The following year he made his Championship and T20 debut and was a member of the side that enjoyed considerable success in the Champions League T20.
Adam missed the majority of the 2012 season through injury but in 2013 he played in three List A matches claiming his best of four for 52 against Yorkshire. Between 2009 and 2015 Adam played in three Championship matches, with a best of three for 42, seven List A games, in which he claimed 11 wickets at 26,82, with a best of 4 for 52 and two T20 matches.
Adam said: “It’s sad to leave but I have got some good memories of some great times here at Somerset that I would never have got anywhere else. I owe the Club a lot. Coming out of school and into this environment was a real learning experience and I have enjoyed every second of my time here. I have had the pleasure and privilege of playing with some great players and have made some great mates as well. It has been a great experience.”
Left arm spinner George Dockrell first played for Somerset Seconds at the end of the 2010 season 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.
George 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 years with the county George played in 29 Championship matches in which he took 75 wickets at an average of 33.93, 15 List A games in which he took seven wickets and 22 T20 games where he took 19 wickets at 27 runs each.
George said: “I first came over to Somerset when I was 15 years old which is a long time ago. Since then I have enjoyed all of the time that I have been involved with the Club. I would like to thank Brian Rose for signing me in the first place and giving me the opportunity to play for the County where I have felt so at home. I guess the high spots for me would be the six-fers that I have taken and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2011.”
Wicket-keeper James Regan is another young player who came through the Somerset Academy and made his first team debut in the opening match of the 2012 season against Cardiff MCCU. James has played regularly for the Second XI and in 2014 enjoyed great success scoring 481 runs in nine Championship matches, including two centuries.
James said: “I would like to thank Greg Kennis and Jason Kerr for giving me the opportunity to join the Academy five years ago. I think my ‘keeping in the second innings against South Africa in 2012 was a high spot, but just coming into the ground each day has always been pretty special to me.”
Director of Cricket, Matt Maynard said: “It is always tough to release young players but ultimately we do have to make the types of judgments that are in their long term interests as well as the Club’s. In the case of Adam, George and James that task is made all the more difficult because they are outstanding young men and I am sure all of them will have a promising future in whatever direction life takes them.”
Matt added: “During their time at Somerset all have been popular and dedicated professionals who have added a great deal to the Club both on and off the field. We thank them for all their hard work and dedication and wish them all the best for the future.”