Major overhaul of league cricket in Somerset from 2016

club watchCricket league clubs across Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire this week (Wednesday) voted overwhelmingly in favour of a major overhaul of the West of England Premier League from 2016.

The decision means a new linear structure for the WEPL which will cater for the 70 best teams and no longer be exclusive to just 1st XI’s. For those playing in divisions below Premier One there will be less travelling and shorter match days as well as a standardised promotion and relegation system.

The catalyst for change was the ECB’s 2014 national playing survey which showed a worrying reduction in the number of people playing cricket in the region and a need for the game to take urgent steps to address this decline.

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Somerset’s James Regan named Premier league player of the year

ReganSomerset’s James Regan has been named the West of England Premier League player of the season after finishing as the leading run scorer in Premier One.

Regan was in prolific form for his club side Taunton St Andrews, hitting 682 runs in 13 innings in the WEPL at an average of 52.46.

The wicket-keeper batsman stroked two centuries and five half-centuries, including an invaluable 95 on the final day of the season to help his side narrowly avoid relegation.

In a brilliant all-round performance, he also helped St Andrews take the regional T20 title in a seven-wicket victory at North Parade over home side Bath in July.

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Club Watch: Taunton CC pay tribute to Groundsman Hake – “the heroic secret weapon”

Hake 6Taunton Vale Sports Club is home to Taunton Cricket Club and hosts four senior men’s teams, two ladies sides, six age group sides and of course Somerset’s Second XI. It’s the venue where Tom Abell amassed a ton of runs this season which earned him his first-class debut and saw TCC clinch promotion. As the ever-immaculate pitch is put to bed for another year, TCC 1st XI Vice Captain Ben Orr pays tribute to the man who makes it all possible: Somerset CCC groundsman & Taunton Vale Sports Club head groundsman Rob Hake.

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