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Richard Scott reinstated as president of Somerset Cricket Club

Outgoing Somerset Cricket Club president Vashon Blanchette, left, and successor Richard Scott at the club’s Annual General Meeting last week (Photograph Supplied)

Richard Scott has been reinstalled as president of Somerset Cricket Club.

The 52-year-old was unopposed for the position after three fellow nominees declined to run during the club’s Annual General Meeting on December 1.

The position became available after Scott’s predecessor Vashun Blanchette announced he would not be seeking re-election during this summer’s Cup Match post-game ceremony at Somerset Cricket Club.

“President Blanchette made the announcement at the Cup Match presentation that he was going to be stepping down and a few friends of mine actually approached me about resuming the post again,” Scott told The Royal Gazette.

“May dad [Randolph Scott] also asked if I would consider running for president again and I was like ‘I don’t know, been there done that’, and surely there would be someone else groomed and interested in the top spot.”

The former Somerset Trojans forward decided not to discuss the matter any further in the hope the proposal would “go away” but the subject again came up again in October.

“The conversation resurfaced and I could tell people were now serious about the possibility of me assuming the top spot again,” he added. “So I said if we can really engage the membership, everyone do their part, then I am more than willing to assume the spot again and as they say the rest is history.”

It is the second time Scott has held the post after serving an initial term as president from 2005 to 2010.

Among the top items on his agenda is bolstering the club’s membership ang forging a more harmonious relationship with the community.

“One of the main goals is improving the Cup-Match product because of course that is a national event,” Scott said. “But outside of that, when it comes to Somerset Cricket Club proper, it will be the re-engagement of the community.

“We have had a significant drop in membership and one of the things I believe is necessary for the sustainability of the club is that we must absolutely re-engage and have a call to action in the hopes to see an increased membership that is active.”

Scott has urged the community to not only become members but also actively involved in the club.

“I believe wholeheartedly that’s where the life of the club comes, in active membership,” he said. “It’s fine to have numbers but those numbers really don’t mean a whole lot if people are not actively engaged.

“We have come up with a theme for this year, which is SCC Beyond 2022 and Forward Together. That’s the whole thrust that we are moving forward together to gain momentum and, as we gain momentum and people, we gain more and more membership moving forward and moving together.”

Scott is one of three changes on the executive committee with Charlotte Simons voted in as secretary, Tracee Seymour becoming assistant secretary and Monique Bailey assuming the role of assistant treasurer.

Nadir Wade was returned as vice-president while the treasurer position will be filled during a special meeting in January.

Outgoing president Blanchette extended his best wishes to Scott and his fellow committee members, adding: “I am certain that they will continue to move the club forward and serve the Somerset community.

“I must also thank those who served during my tenure as president as together we accomplished milestones, both on and off the field.”

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Published December 09, 2022 at 7:48 am (Updated December 09, 2022 at 7:48 am)

Richard Scott reinstated as president of Somerset Cricket Club

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