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No going back for Jordan DeSilva on decision to stand down as Cup Match captain

No change of heart: Jordan DeSilva stands by captaincy decision (Photograph by Mehluli Sibanda)

Jordan DeSilva has ruled out any possibility of being reinstated as captain of Cup Match champions Somerset after relinquishing the post at the end of last season.

The club have appointed Alje Richardson as captain of their league team but have yet to find someone to lead their Cup Match title defence on home turf this summer.

However, the experienced all-rounder has confirmed he has no desire to continue serving in the role and has opted instead to stick to his guns.

“I haven’t reconsidered, I made that decision last year and to be honest I feel better about it about since the season started,” DeSilva told The Royal Gazette.

“I have actually enjoyed being able to play between the Bermuda Smash Invitational and the first game for Somerset.

“Still thinking about that type of stuff, but feeling it's not all of me any more.

“Yesterday [Sunday] I enjoyed just fielding; throwing in my two cents to Alje when I thought it was required.

“But no. I made that decision and I am more than at peace with it.”

The announcement of a new Cup Match captain is still awaited, with acting vice-captain Terryn Fray the firm favourite to step up.

“[Terryn] Fray is the obvious candidate, not just because he has been vice-captain the last few years, but obviously everything he has done at Bay; all of the success they have had under his leadership,” DeSilva said.

“He has had to take the team [Somerset Cup Match] over once or twice under my leadership as well.”

Club cricket chairman Michael Corday has revealed discussion are under way to appoint a new chairman

“Jordan has stepped down as captain and the post is vacant,” Corday said.

“We are collectively discussing the appointment and will issue a public announcement soon after an official decision has been made.”

Richardson, son of outgoing Somerset coach and former Cup Match player Jeff Richardson, made a winning start to his tenure at the helm of the club’s league team courtesy of a hard-fought 51-run win over champions Bailey’s Bay at Sea Breeze Oval on Sunday.

“A great start for Alje obviously winning his first game,” said DeSilva, who guided Somerset to three victories in the midsummer Cup Match classic during his tenure at the helm as captain.

“I was more focused on how the captaincy would affect his batting. We batted first and got into early trouble, but you could tell it didn’t really change his game much.

“Then in the field I thought he did real well and not panic when Bay got off to such a good start. They were like one hundred or so for one and I just thought he rotated his bowling well, didn’t panic and kept the pressure on.

“Once he got to the bowling combination that worked he stuck with it and guys mowed through Bay pretty easily in the end.

“I thought that his composure and just his steady headiness really got us through when a lot of thoughts could have been flying around. He really stuck to his guns and it worked out so you can’t ask for a better start than that.

“He got a little bit of runs in his first game and then obviously a W.”

DeSilva believes the timing of Richardson’s appointment as captain was spot on.

“I just thought it was the right time for me personally and the club to switch because you have to take advantage of guys while they are in the building,” he added.

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Published May 28, 2024 at 7:59 am (Updated May 28, 2024 at 8:40 am)

No going back for Jordan DeSilva on decision to stand down as Cup Match captain

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