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Hat-trick of awards for Craig at end of season dinner!

Well over 200 players and guests attended the Somerset County Cricket Club End of Season Dinner that took place in the Colin Atkinson Pavilion on Friday evening.

The occasion started with a red carpet arrival and champagne reception in the Long Room during which Chairman Andy Nash briefly reflected on the season that ended with Somerset beating Middlesex on the final day of the season to secure their future in the top division in 2018.

Andy Nash bid farewell to those departing from the Club and made presentations to one day captain Jim Allenby and Matt Maynard the Director of Cricket.

The first four awards of the evening were made while everybody was still assembled in the Long Room.

The winner of the Champagne Moment for 2017 was presented to Roelof van der Merwe who made a spectacular 165 off 122 balls against Surrey in the Royal London One Day Cup.

Next up was the Player in the Community Award that went to Paul van Meekeren who is currently involved with Holland cricket team. In his absence master of ceremonies Keith Parsons read a message from the Dutch international.

The Tom Pearce Award for the Young Player of the Season went to Eddie Byrom who started off in the second team before playing in the final seven Specsavers County Championship matches and hitting his maiden half century in the final game.

A Special Achievement Award was made to Marcus Trescothick who followed up breaking the record for the number of catches taken in a career for Somerset in 2016 by beating Harold Gimblett’s record for the number of first class centuries for the county.

The guests then moved downstairs to sit down at their tables for the main course after which the Supporters Player of the Year was awarded to Craig Overton – the first of his three trophies on the night.

The Western Storm Supporters Player of the year award went to Claire Nicholas.

The White Ball Player of the year Award for T20 went to Roelof van der Merwe for his all round contribution, while the 50 over Royal London One Day Cup competition was presented to Dean Elgar.

During a break from the presentations Somerset captain Tom Abell and Peter Trego shared their reflections of the season in conversation with Keith Parsons.

Craig Overton, who has enjoyed his best summer so far in a Somerset shirt, was then presented with the Specsavers County Championship Player of the Year Award.

Media Manager Spencer Bishop then interviewed Trevor Griffin, the coach of Western Storm, who were crowned the Kia Super League champions for the first time. The coach paid tribute to the contributions that had been made to the side by the non-international players and also informed those present that the competition was to be extended in 2018.

The Western Storm Players Player the year Award was presented to Rachel Priest.

The final award the Player of the Season was presented by Matt Maynard to Craig Overton.

The 2017 End of Second Dinner was a huge success and the best yet. Somerset County Cricket Club would like to thank all those that attended and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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