Andy Hurry appointed as Head of the England Development Programme

SargeSomerset CCC has announced that Director of High Performance, Andy Hurry, has been appointed as the Head of the England Development Programme and will depart the Club at the end of October.

CEO Guy Lavender said: “Andy Hurry has made an immense contribution to the Club over 13 years and his commitment and passion for the Club are unparalleled in my view.

“I am extremely sorry to see him depart but delighted that his skills and attributes have been recognised by Team England. He will be sorely missed by all of the staff at the Club and he departs with our very best wishes for the future.”

Andy Hurry said: “I am departing with a very heavy heart having enjoyed the most incredible journey at Somerset since arriving in 2001.  I am very proud of the small part I have played in building this magnificent Club and it has been an immense privilege to lead and coach an amazing group of players over many years.”

“I am incredibly grateful for the help and support of the Club, Coaches and Members and I wish Somerset the very best for the future. Whilst it is difficult to leave, I am hugely excited by this new appointment and the opportunity to help build the next generation of England players.”

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ECB’s Managing Director – England Cricket Paul Downton said: “We believe Andy’s in-depth understanding of what it takes to succeed in the professional game and his ability to bring the very best out of teams and players will be a huge asset to the EDP.”

“This is a new position which reflects the importance we place on developing talent and our desire to fully integrate the work of County Academies with the existing programmes for age-group cricketers in place at the NCPC.”

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Andy is being very modest when he says he played a “small part” in “building this magnificent club” and his contribution should not be understated. The club was in a mess way back in the early noughties and it was his focus on discipline and fitness that made the Somerset team a much more cohesive unit as he worked with the likes of Justin Langer to revive the club’s fortunes.

His success continued in the last 12 months in the role of Director of High Performance as he worked with developing players of potential into ones that could push for a place in the 1st team. James Burke, who played in this season’s T20 campaign before finalising a move to Surrey is one success story, as is Josh Davey who recently signed a new contract with the club having proven his worth under Hurry’s guidance.

He will be much missed at the County Ground and I have no doubt will be a big success in the England set up. We wish him all the very best for the future.