Dear Somerset Members’ and Supporters’
You may have heard the news that I am to leave Somerset.
It is a decision that has not been taken lightly and I just wanted to write this note to show my appreciation for the warmth and support I have received from the Club and you, the Supporters’ during my time here.
I remember when I first arrived, I received a massive shock by just how high the standards were - the expectation and hard work ethic that was present at the Club. I knew then that I had to put a lot of hard work in to raise my game, as I so desperately wanted to be a contributor to this team. Watching Marcus Trescothick at the other end in full flow built my confidence and I’m really proud to have been the reliable number three in this strong line up.
I consider myself incredibly lucky and I am proud to have played for the Club. I know we may not have the silverware to show for it but I consider these five years to be one of the most successful periods of my career and certainly one of best teams I have played in to date.
I thank Somerset for aiding that development, because of the support and the excellence of the players and staff around me, my cricketing ability and confidence grew. Becoming the latest Somerset player to represent our Country was a fantastic honour, I'll never forget the support I received when I missed out on the Ashes, a particularly difficult time but that egged me on to keep fighting for that place.
I wanted to keep this short and sweet, your ongoing support - be it online through social media or when I have been walking into town to grab a coffee made me feel at home and gave me a sense of belonging which has come to mean so much.
It’s with a heavy heart that I now look to move on. I have come to realise the importance of family and close relationships, therefore to strike a work-life balance, I need to return to those I am close to – even though this means saying a fond farewell to my adopted County.
I would like to thank Somerset in particular – Brian Rose, Andy Hurry, Guy Lavender, Andy Nash, Jason Kerr, Pete Sanderson, Darren Veness and Jon Pitts and all the office staff for all their help, support and encouragement. To my teammates – thanks for pushing me, I have learnt so much and wish you all the very best for the future. I feel proud to leave as Somerset’s all-time leading goal scorer in the morning warm up!
I hope you will understand my decision for now and continue to support the Somerset boys with the same level of warmth and passion as it really does make a massive difference.
I will miss you all.
Compos’ Clips Return to a Screen Near You!
Somerset and England Player Nick Compton is delighted to announce the return of Compo’s Clips to our screens, with Nick once again getting in front and behind the Camera to bring you insider footage and antics from within the Somerset dressing room.
“Compo” first started doing the clips in 2012. They were an instant hit with members’ and supporters’ across all Counties, receiving a fantastic 90k hits within the first year.
After a tough 2013, Nick has decided to pick up the camera once again this year.
Nick said, “Compo’s Clips are all about our dressing room camaraderie. I think it is important to share our unity and love of all things Somerset with our supporters’.
“As everyone knows, 2013 was a tough cricket year for me, but I missed the outlet which Compo’s Clips provided. For me, this is something I enjoy doing, and it’s a great way to switch off my batting mind for a few hours while I film, present, and edit these clips.
“Once again I hope that everyone has as much fun watching them as I do making them.”
The very first episode of this season’s Compo’s Clips – A Long Trip to Durham, along with all past Compo’s Clips episodes are available on our website by clicking here.
Nick revisits Compton Cricket Club in LA!
Two years ago Nick visited Compton Cricket Club in LA. Not only do they share a name but Nick's grandfather Denis had been instrumental in helping the Cricket Club during his own career.
Nick took the opportunity to travel to the States and spend some time with the team, running training sessions and attending meetings to try and help progress and further the reach of the Club. You can find out how he got on in the Daily Mail this week.
Nick Compton named as one of Wisden Five Cricketers of the Year
Somerset’s Nick Compton has been named by the England selectors in the 12-man squad for the first Investec Test against New Zealand commencing Thursday May 16 at Lord’s.
Geoff Miller, National Selector, said: “We are anticipating another very competitive series against New Zealand and know that we will need to improve significantly on our performances in the recent Test series against them if we are to start the international summer on a positive note. This series provides a good opportunity for the players to show that they have learnt from the experiences over the winter.”
The full England squad is- Alastair Cook (Essex) (Captain) James Anderson (Lancashire) Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) Ian Bell (Warwickshire) Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire) Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire) Nick Compton (Somerset) Steven Finn (Middlesex) Matt Prior (Sussex) Joe Root (Yorkshire) Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire) and Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)