Somerset have confirmed that Andy Hurry will go back to the club as director of cricket following a departure of Matthew Maynard.
The news headlines, that was first signalled in ESPNcricinfo, also sees Jason Kerr promoted from assistant and bowling coach to become Somerset’s new head coach.
Hurry’s return offers Somerset a feeling of stability and unity following a difficult season where they only avoided relegation on the ultimate day of the growing season and released a clutch of players like the limited-overs captain Jim Allenby.
Indeed, nonetheless they can not entirely rest easy: Middlesex, who have been relegated instead, have lodged the official protest with the ECB about an overrate sanction throughout a match at The Oval which ended prematurely for safety reasons whenever a crossbow bolt was fired onto the outfield.
Hurry spent 13 years at Somerset before he left in 2014 to become head coach of the ECB’s Player Development Programme.
He originally joined Somerset in 2001 and continued to become head coach before taking the positioning of director of powerful for a short time by the end of the 2013 season.
In his time as head coach he oversaw Somerset’s most successful period because the Glory Years in the late 1970s and early 80s, as he led them to inside a whisker of the County Championship also to several white-ball finals.
Somerset CEO Lee Cooper, who has undertaken a thorough overview of the club’s structure since his appointment through the summer, said: “Andy Hurry enjoyed considerable success during his time with Somerset and since that time he’s got gone to gain extensive and valuable experience dealing with the ECB and the Young Lions Programme. He could be held in extremely high regard by both ECB and our playing staff.”
Jason Kerr has fulfilled several roles since a shoulder injury brought his seam-bowling career to a premature result in 2002 and contains been actively associated with the initial XI for over ten years.
Cooper said: “Jason’s understanding of the club and the initial culture that surrounds it really is first rate. He’s got also played a significant role in the development of our exciting young players that are now breaking into the first XI.”
Hurry has been struggling to resist the lure of a go back to the south-west. He said: “Somerset will always hold an extremely special invest my heart,” he said. “We came so near winning silverware when I was here before and there’s therefore some unfinished business. It really is probably the most respected clubs on the planet also it feels like I’m coming home.
“I’ve relished my 3 years with the ECB and Young Lions and through the opportunities the programme has provided me, I’ve grown my experience and knowledge significantly”