Alfonso Thomas has been made available for loan in the Royal London One-Day Cup and will join Sussex.
The move is designed to ensure that the 38-year-old is match fit and fully ready for Somerset’s final LV= County Championship matches of the season as the club backs youth for the one-day tournament.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Alfonso isn’t likely to feature for us in the Royal London One-Day Cup but we want to make sure that he is in the best possible condition for our run-in in the LV= County Championship.
“He is an integral part of our four-day squad and his experience and expertise will be vital for us in the last five Championship matches. He will play a major part in where we finish in the table and this is why we want him to be playing competitive cricket over the next few weeks.”
Maynard also outlined the details of the deal with Sussex, who are missing four of their own frontline seam bowlers through injury: “We would not have allowed him to join a county in the same group as us,” he said. “He will also not be allowed to play against us if we make it in to the knock-out stages of the competition, plus we can recall him with immediate effect if we need to.”
Jim Allenby has taken over from Thomas as white ball captain and the one-day attack will be led by Lewis Gregory and Craig and Jamie Overton. Young bastsmen Tom Abell and Adam Hose will also feature in the one-day squad along with spinner Jack Leach.
As well as Thomas, overseas spinner Abdur Rehman and Somerset red ball captain Marcus Trescothick will also sit the tournament out, with Trescothick acting as assistant coach to Maynard.
The Director of Cricket said: “The likes of Lewis Gregory and the Overton twins have been playing extremely well this year and this has been highlighted by the fact that they’ve featured in one-day squads for England. We therefore feel that they deserve their chance in the 50 over format.”
- Tonight’s final NatWest T20 Blast match against Middlesex at the County Ground in Taunton has been abandoned due to the heavy rain, with both sides taking one point. Details of Somerset’s refunds/exchange policy can be found here: http://www.somersetcountycc.co.uk/2015/07/somerset-v-middlesex-wet-weather-policy/ Somerset therefore finish in eighth place in the South Group on 10 points, one place above Middlesex who collect the wooden spoon with 9.