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Club Statement: Gordon Hollins

Firstly, while it has been an incredibly challenging first few days in post, I am delighted to have started as the new Chief Executive of Somerset County Cricket Club.

Of course, these are certainly not the circumstances in which I was expecting to address the Members and supporters of the Club for the first time.

We are all experiencing unprecedented times, not just within the sporting world but on a global scale. As we enter this unchartered territory together it is important that we adapt to the ever-changing conditions that we face.

It goes without saying that the health and wellbeing of our players, staff, Members, Corporate partners, supporters, family and friends are our number one priority and measures are being put in place to ensure that this is being managed as effectively as possible.

Any operating policy that we introduce will seek to balance the need to diminish the risk of anyone at the Cooper Associates County Ground catching the virus, whilst also ensuring that we can continue to function as a Club in order to meet the needs and expectations of our Members, customers and guests. I assure you that this will be achieved, and we will be keeping you up to date with our plans at regular intervals in line with Government advice as the situation develops.

Obviously, you will be aware that we are not currently in a position to be able to confirm what, if any, changes are set to be made to the structure of the season, but rest assured that regular discussions are taking place between all of the First Class Counties and the ECB.

We hope to be in a position to offer some degree of clarity on the forthcoming season as soon as any information is available, but as I am sure you can understand, this is a fairly fluid situation and a certain degree of flexibility will be required as the circumstances alter.

As a Club we are committed to keeping you up to date with what is occurring so please do keep an eye on this website and our social media channels. We are well aware of your concerns and we will hopefully have a clearer picture of how we will be able to operate as the situation develops.

I can also assure you that Andy Hurry, Jason Kerr and their staff are continuing to work tirelessly to ensure that the players are ready for the start of the 2020 season, whenever that may be.

Your continued support and understanding are hugely appreciated at this difficult time.

I will update you all again as soon as we have more information.

I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are, and continue to be, safe and well and I look forward to meeting you in person before too long.

Kind regards

Gordon Hollins

CEO Somerset County Cricket Club

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