New deal for Greg

Greg Kennis has become the latest member of the Somerset coaching team to commit his future to the Club.

Somerset CCC are pleased to be able to announce that Greg, who has been Assistant Coach and Second XI Head Coach since 2018, has extended his time with the Club until at least the end of the 2021 season.

Born in Japan, Greg’s family moved back to England when he was less than a year old. He grew up in Surrey where he played through the county’s age groups.

A top order batsman, Greg was contracted at Surrey CCC for four years before joining Somerset in 1998, but a recurring lower back injury forced him into early retirement after three seasons.

Greg then moved in to coaching and in 2005 Jason Kerr, then Academy Director, approached him to work with the Somerset Academy. Alongside this, Greg fulfilled a number of coaching roles with the Somerset Cricket Board before becoming Head Coach of Age Group Cricket in 2012. This included the successful running of the Emerging Player Programme, which saw numerous players graduate on to the Somerset Academy and then on to the professional staff.

After extending his time with the Club, Greg said: “I’m delighted to have committed my future to Somerset for the next couple of seasons. To be a part of what the Club is building at the moment is incredibly exciting and something that I am incredibly proud of.

“With all of the players that are also committing their futures to the Club you can see that everyone feels the same. We are starting on a special journey together.”

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “Greg is a great asset, a valued part of our team and a big part of what we are trying to achieve. The link that his leadership role provides between the First and Second XIs in the summer is absolutely vital as is his specialist batting coaching, which he undertakes one on one, with players both in the winter and during the summer across the whole squad.

“During his time at the Club he has built excellent relationships with all the squad and aspiring Academy players and he has a very important part to play over the next few years.”

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