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New Director of Cricket targets Specsavers County Championship Title

New Somerset Director of Cricket Andy Hurry believes a first ever Specsavers County Championship title will be within Somerset’s reach when he takes over as director of cricket.

The 52-year-old former Royal Marines fitness instructor is currently working out a three-month notice period as head coach of the ECB’s Player Development Programme, based at Loughborough University. Andy is, however, champing at the bit to return to the club he has already served in a variety of roles for 13 years and insists he is inheriting a squad capable of finally bringing the ‘Holy Grail’ to Taunton.

“I am still not sure exactly when I will be starting the new job,” he said. “The Young Lions’ programme I work on needs to find a suitable replacement. Officially, it should be three-months notice from last week, but hopefully the ECB can get someone in place before that. Without question, it is my remit to win trophies. I know that everyone, including myself, is desperate to win the Specsavers County Championship for the first time and I believe we have the squad to do well in it and the other competitions.

“Having been here when we have come so close to winning it in the past, and knowing of the heartache when it happened again only a couple of seasons ago, there is a real desire within me to get that title. The evidence is there that it is a realistic target. The team turned in some tremendous performances at the end of this season without an overseas players and the likes of Jamie Overton and Lewis Gregory through injury.

“I believe the necessary strength in the squad is there. With the right support structure in place, which is my responsibility, there is a great opportunity because we have some fantastic players coming through with a real desire to be the best they can possibly be.”

Hurry, who will team up with new head coach Jason Kerr when he starts work at the Cooper Associates County Ground, has a special reason for wanting a strong title challenge in his first season at the helm.

“It would be wonderful to win the Specsavers County Championship while Marcus Trescothick is still playing” he said. “He has been a great servant to the club and is now inspiring the next generation of Somerset players coming through.”

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