Captain Lewis

Somerset continued to show faith in youth when Lewis Gregory was announced as the club’s new T20 captain for the 2018 season and beyond. The 25-year-old, who hails from the Plymouth area, led Somerset well for a while last season, including the run to the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals, and will replace Jim Allenby who has been released this winter.

Lewis carries a large amount of experience having packed a lot of cricket into his career. He made his tournament debut for Somerset as a raw teenager at Hampshire in 2011 and has featured in 61 T20 matches, taking 57 wickets (best 4 for 15), and scoring 613 runs (highest 43).

Somerset have another young captain for the County Championship and One Day tournaments, of course, in Tom Abell, who will be 24 when the new season starts. So the appointment of Lewis highlights Somerset’s desire to appoint from within and to nurture a long-term strategy.

Lewis, seen here with Allenby, the man he replaces as captain for 2018

But this is more than an emotional appointment as Lewis has all the credentials to be a very good captain for the cider county. He has all round abilities, has the respect of his team-mates and is impeccably well-mannered.

And, as with any captaincy duties, he handles the demands of the press very well.

This is an excellent move by the club.

Lewis told the club’s official site: “To captain Somerset in the T20 Blast this year will be an absolute honour. To have my name on the Captain’s Board alongside some of the great names in the club’s history is a huge privilege.”

Director of Cricket Andy Hurry added: “Lewis has established himself as a key member of the squad with the bat, the ball and within the dressing room. His journey thus far has demonstrated that he has the potential to evolve in to a great leader. He epitomises how we want to operate, and he is a natural leader within our group.”

Somerset have yet to announce the overseas player for this season’s campaign, but the good money is on it being Andre Russell, the globetrotting West Indies all-rounder, who is currently serving a ban from playing both international and domestic cricket until 31st January after being found guilty of a doping violation in his native Jamaica last January.

Somerset may wait for this ban to end before announcing Russell’s arrival. If it happens it will be a marquee signing for the club, and a very exciting player with bat & ball for the new skipper to call upon.