Steve Jennings was born in Muswell Hill, London in 1965 but has lived in Devon since 1970.
He attended Kings’ Grammar School in Ottery St Mary and has worked for some high profile companies in a variety of industries, the highlights including Singles Sales Promoter for EMI Records, Regional Manager for Vital Distribution, National Account Manager for the Daily Mail and Category Buyer for Somerfield Stores.
He has followed the fortunes of Somerset County Cricket Club since the age of 10 years old and first attended a game in August 1976, when he watched Brian Close’s team beat an all-conquering Kent team full of international superstars by 8 runs at the County Ground. In that game a young I.T. Botham scored 46 runs and took 2 wickets for 28 in 8 overs and boyhood hero worship was formed.
He witnessed some great games and saw the cider county at Lords in the 1978 and 1979 Gillette Cup Final’s and was present when the club returned to collect the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1981.
He is well known in Devon club cricket, primarily for his association with Honiton Cricket Club for whom he was a player for 22 seasons and club chairman for four years from 2003 to 2007. He has also represented Exeter Civil Service (now known as Exwick CC), Seaton, Hemyock and for Upottery CC.
In 2012 he started writing for Deep Extra Cover, one of the fastest growing cricket website’s in the world, reporting on Somerset CCC and still contributes to the site when time allows. In October 2013 he interviewed young batsman Tom Abell for DEC, the young man’s first interview away from the club’s media outlets.
Steve formed The Incider in April 2014 with the aim to create a platform for Somerset supporters to comment on their club in a relaxed and friendly environment. To date Steve has interviewed club legend Marcus Trescothick, director of cricket Andy Hurry, former chairman Andy Nash and many of the current playing staff, including skipper Tom Abell, Peter Trego, James Hildreth, Lewis Gregory, and England internationals Craig Overton, Dom Bess and Jack Leach.
Whilst working as Circulation Manager for Archant South West Steve has had 43 articles printed in local magazines, including East Devon Resident, Devon Life and Somerset Life.
He has been blogging since 2002 with writing credits for many website’s dedicated to his other great sporting passion, Leeds United Football Club.
Steve lives in Hemyock in the beautiful Blackdown Hills with his wife, two daughters and two dogs.