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Matt Drakeley named Head of the Talent Pathway

It is with great pleasure that Somerset County Cricket Club can today announce that Matt Drakeley is the new Head of the SCCC Talent Pathway.

Matt will take up the role with immediate effect.

The 30-year-old, who hails from Minehead, has a vast knowledge of the Somerset youth system from his previous role as the Club’s Pathway Head Coach & Talent Identification Lead.

Matt moved to West Somerset at the age of four and grew up locally playing his cricket from a young age for Minehead Cricket Club.  He was a batter/wicket-keeper in the first team before he left to go to Bournemouth University, where he studied Sports Development and Coaching Science.

As part of that course Matt spent a year gaining work experience with Somerset Cricket Board. Whilst studying at Bournemouth, he got a role with Hampshire CCC where he worked for the Elite International Cricket Academy.

Matt then went onto become EPP Head Coach, which then led him to become Player Development Manager at Hampshire CCC.

He returned to Somerset in 2018 when he took over the role of Performance Head Coach at the Cricket Board.

After accepting the position, Matt said: “I’m honoured to have been appointed as Head of Talent Pathway at Somerset. The role is at the heart of developing future Somerset players and players who are able to go on to play for England, which is something that I’m very excited to be a part of.

“I’m looking forward to building on the great work that has been done by Steve Snell and the existing team to ensure that the Somerset Pathway leads the way in talent development and identification.”

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said:

“We carried out an extensive and robust interview process and met with a number of extremely strong candidates, covering a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

“Following this process, it became very clear that Matt demonstrated a very comprehensive understanding of the talent pathway within Somerset and the wider regional network, whilst his vision for the future and the progressive steps required to achieve our goals made him the standout candidate.

“The growth he has achieved in developing his managerial and leadership skills with both the Cricket Board and the County Club over recent years has shown him to be incredibly diligent, enthusiastic and passionate about the development of talent from across the region.

“We look forward to him building upon the excellent work that is already in place and to further enhance Somerset’s reputation as having one of the best pathway systems within the domestic game.”

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