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Andy Nash to step down after 10 years as Chairman of Somerset CCC

Somerset County Cricket Club Chairman Andy Nash is set to retire from the position after 10 years in the role.

Mr Nash will step down at the 2018 AGM in January and after making the decision he said: “I’ve been in the post of Chairman since September 2007, which is a rather long spell at the crease, so it’s time I retired out and allowed someone else the opportunity to serve this special club.

“With the CEOs handover between Guy Lavender and Lee Cooper smoothly implemented over the summer and key changes to our Cricket Management Structure achieved at the end of the season, along with some outstanding issues concerning our CC1 status also satisfactorily resolved, now is the right time to plan the next change on the bridge.

“At the AGM in January 2018 I shall be formally handing over to Charles Clark who has served the Club for over six years on the General Committee and is therefore very well qualified and able to assume the Chair with a seamless transition. He is a man of integrity, experience and great humour, an essential prerequisite for any County Chairman, and he will prove to be a very popular and effective leader.

“The credit for what the Club has achieved since 2007 goes entirely to the players, staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly and performed miracles. I would also like to pay tribute to our Members and supporters whose passion, loyalty and unfailing good humour lends so much to the Club’s character. It has been my absolute privilege and honour to represent Somerset County Cricket Club and to have worked with so many outstanding and committed people.

“I may be leaving Somerset but I will still be involved in this great game as a Director of the ECB and I look forward to continuing to serve in that capacity.”

Mr Clark was endorsed unanimously for the Chairmanship at a recent meeting of the Club’s General Committee and his appointment will take effect from the date of the AGM.

Upon accepting the offer of the position Mr Clark acknowledged Andy Nash’s contribution to Somerset. “Andy has served the Club with enormous distinction for 14 years,” he said. “Initially as Vice Chairman and then for 10 years as Chairman. He has led with calm assurance, sound business reasoning and, when appropriate, considerable flair. As Chairman of the Club’s Committees he has been even-handed and open-minded, but ever conscious of the need to continually take the Club forward.

“He leaves the Cooper Associates County Ground now a proven venue capable of hosting International Cricket and eagerly anticipating World Cup matches in 2019. The ground is adorned by many new buildings, including the much admired Somerset Pavilion, but it still retains the charm of a cricket ground in the heart of an essentially rural county.

“The Club’s finances have been consistently positive under his stewardship and membership remains the envy of many larger clubs. Somerset have now been in the First Division of the Specsavers County Championship for ten successive seasons, longer than any other First Class county. T20 cricket has been embraced and attracts regular sell-out and enthusiastic crowds. Our Academy and training systems continue to provide much home grown talent to delight our supporters and to challenge for international honours, most latterly the Overtons, Jack Leach and Dom Bess. Exotic overseas signings under Andy’s watch such as Justin Langer and Chris Gayle also helped fill the ground and make us competitive.

“For a while under Andy, Taunton was The Home of Women’s Cricket and Western Storm have flourished as the women’s game moves into the spotlight. Two of Andy’s CEOs have also moved on to high profile positions at Surrey and the MCC.

“No Chairman of Somerset County Cricket Club has come closer than Andy did to holding the Championship Pennant in 2016, but he must leave something to which his successors can aspire! The Club owes him a very great deal. His record is one which any cricket administrator should be justly proud. Andy deserves his senior position at the ECB where we wish him every success and we look forward to seeing him, his wife Linda and his family at the Cooper Associates County Ground as frequently as his schedule allows.”

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