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Position offered: Terryn Fray batting for Somerset last year (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

With Cup Match less than a month away Somerset has yet to name a captain to replace Jordan DeSilva for this year’s midsummer classic.

Terryn Fray is widely expected to be awarded the honour of leading the champions, having been offered the position weeks ago.

An announcement was expected on Monday, but club president Richard Scott this week revealed that the organisation would name a new captain in the next few days.

“We intend to make an announcement this weekend,” Scott said.

A former Bermuda captain holding a similar post at Eastern Counties Cup champions Bailey’s Bay, Fray appears the obvious choice.

He has been Somerset’s Cup Match vice-captain for several years under DeSilva and is credited with leading the team to victory in 2021 when DeSilva fell ill during the contest.

“They have spoken to me about it and I think they’ve already confirmed it in Somerset, but haven’t made an official statement or formalised submission as yet,” said Fray previously when asked about him filling the role.

In the meantime, the holders have stepped up training, with solid numbers participating in twice-weekly sessions under the watchful gaze of coach Jeff Richardson, who is to retire after this year’s match.

Looking for a spot: Cup Match hopeful Jermal Proctor in training for Somerset this week (Photograph by Loren Morrissey)

There appears the possibility of three changes being made to the squad that drew against St George’s a year ago, with all-rounders Jermal Proctor and Dominic Sabir, along with batter Alex Dore pressing for places.

Those presumed to be at risk include Chris Douglas, DeSilva, who remains available as a player and  fast bowler Macquille Walker, whose fitness from an ankle injury remains in question.

Cricket fans unable to get out to Cup Match can rest easy as the match at Somerset Cricket Club will be live on television.

Scott recently revealed that “Voice of Summer”, which features commentators Sean Tucker and Jason Ford, has secured broadcast rights for this year’s midsummer classic.

The move avoids the controversy of a year ago when  St George’s Cricket Club president Neil Paynter ― who has since stepped down ― initially insisted on there being radio broadcasts only, noting that the event’s presence on television had proved  detrimental to both clubs in the past.

The crisis was averted when the match was eventually allowed to be live-streamed online, incorporating commentary by “Voice of Summer”.

“This year’s Cup Match will be televised,” said Scott, assuring there would be no such turmoil this time around. “We have an agreement with the ‘Voice of Summer’.”

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Published July 06, 2024 at 7:56 am (Updated July 06, 2024 at 7:28 am)

Somerset to announce new Cup Match captain

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