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Staff Profile: Scott Thomas

Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to announce that Scott Thomas is our new Club Analyst.

Scott took up his role recently and we sat down with him this week to talk about how he’s settling in.

First of all, we asked him how he ended up at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

“I’m currently a masters student at Cardiff Met University where I did my undergraduate for the last three years before graduating with a First in the summer,” he explained. “I did a year of work experience at Glamorgan in 2018 and then I took over the Cardiff MCCU Analyst role around a year and a half ago. I saw the Somerset vacancy, sent in my CV, had a conversation with Andy Hurry (SCCC Director of Cricket) and then had an interview.

“The interview went really well and then things happened pretty quickly and I was in the position in January. It’s been really good so far and I had a really good welcome from everyone. Everyone’s made a real effort to get to know me. We had a coaches meeting this week to outline where the Club wants to be over the next few years and that was really insightful. It’s great to be involved in such a professional environment.”

So, what does a Club Analyst do?

“That’s a question that I get asked a lot,” Scott said. “It’s not just about being a computer geek. One of the main roles is to code every match which means collecting all the ball by ball data, all the videos, all the replays and all the data so that the players and coaches can look through it. Obviously there is also a stats side to it which involves taking things like player performance and putting it in to other software in order to help try and improve performance.

“Another big part of it is focusing on the opposition and looking at tactics. We’ve started prepping for the first game of the season already and the ball is well and truly rolling ahead of that Warwickshire game. It’s about looking at the oppositions strengths and weaknesses and making sure that the lads are as prepared as they can be ahead of that match in order to benefit themselves.”

How important is an analyst in the modern game?

“Its importance is growing all the time,” said Scott. “There’s the talent ID side of things and the profiling element as well as the on-field performance side of things. I’m taking over from Andrew Griffiths and hopefully I can bring my skills to the role and merge those with what he’s done and take things forward. We want Somerset to be the very best county that we can be. The goal is to aid performance and win games of cricket.”

What does Scott hope to achieve in his time with Somerset?

“This is such a great place to start my career,” he said. “It’s one of, if not the best county in the game at the moment. I aim to be here for a long period of time and to help the Club move forward and build on what has been achieved over the last few years. It’s an exciting time for me.”

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