30th March 2020

Somerset County Cricket Club President to retire after 12 years in post

Somerset County Cricket Club President Roy Kerslake has decided to step down at the end of the year after 12 years in post.

Reflecting on his time in the post he said:

“It has been an immense privilege to serve as Somerset’s President over the last 12 years. It is a role that I have enjoyed enormously and felt tremendously passionate about. It would be remiss of me not to thank my wife Lynn whom I regard as very much part of my Presidency.

“There is a never a right time to decide when to stand down but the opening of the Somerset Pavilion and the advent of international cricket is a sensible time to make way for a new face. The Club has undergone phenomenal positive change over the last decade and I have every confidence that we have collectively built a great Club which will thrive long into the future. I would particularly like to thank the Chairman, General Committee, executive and most of all the Somerset Members for your comradeship, good humour and passion for this fantastic Club.

“Both Lynn and I will continue to support the team as much as possible and intend to be regular visitors over the years ahead.”

The Club’s Chairman, Andy Nash said:

“It is difficult to put into just a few words Roy’s impact and contribution to the Club as our President over the last 12 years. In brief, he has made an extraordinary difference to the success of the Club to date, providing wise and thoughtful guidance to the General Committee, as well as unfailing support to the executive and clear leadership through good and tough times. Both Roy and his wife Lynn have rarely missed a ball of cricket and have tirelessly hosted visiting Committees and guests with kindness and generosity.

“We like to think of ourselves as a welcoming and friendly Club and we are greatly indebted to them both for their phenomenal work in that regard. Roy and Lynn are a formidable partnership and will literally be irreplaceable; we will miss them greatly. They will always be afforded a very warm welcome at Somerset and I am sure they will continue to spend many happy days at the County Ground. We will of course mark their departure more formally at the end of the year.”

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