Where are they now? Adam Dibble
Adam Dibble has swapped his cricket gear for life as an estate agent and is now back in Taunton working for Robert Cooney, who are based in Hammett Street near the town centre.
The 26 year old was born in Exeter but lived and grew up in Sidmouth, where he appeared for the local town club and played through the Devon age groups before joining the Somerset Academy.
A fast bowler and hard hitting lower order batsman, Adam made his debut for the Second XI in 2008 and a year later when he graduated from the Academy he was awarded a contract.
He made his County Championship debut against Nottinghamshire in July 2011 at Trent Bridge where he took one wicket in the first innings of a drawn game, and when he batted he hit an unbeaten 39 off 51 balls with five fours and two sixes.
Later that season Adam enjoyed success playing for Somerset in the Champions League T20 in India. Sadly he was dogged by injury and at the end of the 2015 season he was released.
During his career Adam played in four First Class games in which he scored 84 runs with a best of 42 and claimed five wickets at an average of 41 with a best of three for 42.
He appeared in seven List A games in which he claimed 11 wickets at an average of 26.82 and played in two T20 matches in which he claimed two wickets at 22.
We caught up with him recently to discuss what he has been up to since hanging up his gloves.
“When I finished playing in 2015 I had a couple of months to find my feet and decide what I wanted to do,” he said. “I then went and worked with my Dad, who is also an estate agent before in October 2016 I came over to join Robert Cooney in Taunton.
“We are really, really busy which is good news and have got a good share of the market locally so it’s something I am glad to be involved in.”
Adam has also got used to a different lifestyle as he explained: “I got married in the October after I left Somerset and we had our first child in the April. We’ve got another one on the way due to be born very shortly, so it’s been all change for me over the last couple of years.
“Since I’ve become a father I think that my perspective on life has changed and so have my priorities. You start living for a different reason and I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.”
What would he consider to be the high spot of his time with Somerset?
“To have played in the last two games of the Champions League T20 out in India would be my highlight. I trained really hard out there and was bowling well in the nets. I got the nod and went out and performed which was great. The overall experience was just unbelievable and guys who had been playing for a long time all said that was a highlight for them as well. It really was a high point for the Club on the world stage and I was a part of it.”
“Unfortunately I struggled with injury and I never really got going but to have spent seven years after leaving school experiencing nothing else but cricket was fantastic. So many of the things I did were very special and I wouldn’t have been able to do them without the opportunity that Somerset gave me. I love looking back at it and remembering those days as well as looking forward.
“I don’t really miss the cricket and it served its purpose in my life, but when my focus started to wane and I began to think of other things in the world I knew my time was up. However, it was a great few years and I loved every minute of my time with Somerset.”
Does he go down and catch up with the people he got to know during his years at Somerset?
“There was never any bitterness about me leaving because I was ready to go. Now I’m back working in Taunton I get back in and see people I know. Hopefully there might even be a way that I can combine my new business with my cricketing past! It’s always good to go down and meet the people I know and re-live some of the fond memories that I have from my time at the Club.”
He added: “Now there are a few of the old faces back in charge who I worked with a lot and already I’ve seen Sarge (Andy Hurry) who was the main man when I was there so I’m guessing that I will be going in a bit more in 2018.”
Adam has just returned from completing a charity walk with James Hildreth and another former player Mark Turner in aid of Children’s Hospice Southwest that raised in excess of £5k.
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