So the worst kept secret in Cricket is now officially in the public domain and Steven Davies has ended his six-year association with Surrey to join Somerset on a three-year deal. The wicket-keeper and middle order batsman played his last game for the Londoners in the Royal London One Day Cup Final at Lords yesterday, a game won by a dominant Warwickshire side to ensure the trophy heads back to Birmingham for at least the year ahead.
The 30-year-old has joined us on a three-year contract and will be available to play all formats of the game.
Speaking to the press Davies said: “I am really pleased to be joining Somerset next year. They are a strong club across all formats and I hope to fully contribute in the seasons to come.”
The player retains England ambitions having previously played in eight ODIs between 2009 and 2011, scoring 244 runs at an average of 30.50 with a top score of 87. He has also appeared in five IT20’s.
This is a great signing for Somerset and satisfies the agendas for both player and club. Steven Davies is keen to regain the keeper’s gloves having handed them to the highly talented Ben Foakes a few seasons back. He will offer competition for the other Davies at Somerset, Ryan, who has had a positive end to his first season at Taunton after some bumps early on.
In one day Cricket Steven Davies is an explosive top order batsman and in T20 cricket has an impressive strike rate of 141 with an average of 22.17 and a top score of 99*. In List A matches his record is equally impressive. He has played 170 matches, scoring 5,459 runs at an average of 37.64 with 9 centuries and 34 half centuries. His 104 in Surrey’s semi-final with Yorkshire was monumental in helping his team to the Lords final.
The player, who started his career at Worcestershire, has been linked with Somerset before and his arrival at the Cooper Associates County Ground has finally become reality.
I doubt that the arrival of Steven Davies will prompt the end of Ryan’s Somerset career. The youngster who arrived from Kent for the 2016 season is one of the most promising glovemen in the domestic game and Matt Maynard will be keen to retain his services. It is a long season and Matt is always keen to rest players at key times so I would suggest an element of sharing of duties.
Welcome to Somerset Steven Davies!