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Portrait of Roy Kerslake unveiled

During Somerset’s recent home match against Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground, a portrait of Roy Kerslake by local artist Mike Tarr was unveiled in the 1875 Club.

During an association with Somerset stretching back to 1961, when he helped the Second XI to win the Minor County Championship, Roy has gone on to serve the club as First XI Captain, Chairman and President.

Before the portrait was unveiled former Somerset Captain Brian Rose spoke of the important part that Roy played during his time with the Club.

“During the late 70’s and early 80’s Roy was an integral part of the team and cricketing community,” Brian said. “He helped me enormously and was a forerunner of what has now become a Director of Cricket.

“Personally Roy has helped me in so many ways. He went on to become Chairman of the Club during a time when it had its problems, and some of the Members criticised him for being too close to the players, but I was very thankful that he was because he benefited both the side and the Club.

“His ideas and philosophies are still around today.”

After the unveiling Roy said: “I’ve been very privileged and I’m proud to have been associated with the Club on and off the field for so many years. It’s been a long haul and today I just feel very humble. I’m flattered and very grateful to be honoured in this way.

“I would like to thank Mike Tarr and I would also like to thank my wife Lynn and my family for all their support which has meant such a lot to me.

“I think that we have a great Club and it’s going in the right direction. I believe that we are well placed to face the challenges that undoubtedly lie head of us with the evolving future to the structure of our game.”

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