Cricket: President role for Rose at Somerset

PUBLISHED: 17:12 31 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:13 31 January 2019

Somerset captain Brian Rose holds the Benson & Hedges Cup aloft for supporters to see at Lord's after their nine-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire in the1982  final (pic PA)

Somerset captain Brian Rose holds the Benson & Hedges Cup aloft for supporters to see at Lord's after their nine-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire in the1982 final (pic PA)

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Brian Rose was elected as the new president of Somerset County Cricket Club at their AGM on Monday.

Somerset's Steffan Jones, Andrew Caddick, vice-captain Marcus Trescothick, director of cricket Brian Rose and captain Justin Langer (left to right) sit in the front row waiting for their team picture to be taken during the press day at the County Ground, Taunton, Somerset (pic Barry Batchelor/PA)Somerset's Steffan Jones, Andrew Caddick, vice-captain Marcus Trescothick, director of cricket Brian Rose and captain Justin Langer (left to right) sit in the front row waiting for their team picture to be taken during the press day at the County Ground, Taunton, Somerset (pic Barry Batchelor/PA)

Weston resident Rose, who led the county to five one-day trophies in their glory years, succeeds Richard Parsons, who steps down after three years in the post.

And he was delighted to be given the role, saying: “It’s just fantastic for me and I’m a little bit emotional. I started playing representative cricket for Somerset at the age of 13 along with Peter Denning.

“And I’ve come all the way through being a player, captain, chairman of cricket, director of cricket and now I’m the president.

“It’s a continual thing for me and I will always be a part of Somerset cricket. I owe so much to them and I will keep on trying my very best over the next three years in particular to make sure that the young players from the South West get the chance to play for Somerset.”

Rose, 68, was educated at Weston Grammar School for Boys and trained as a teacher before a successful career at Somerset as a left-handed opening batsman.

He succeeded Brian Close as captain in 1978 and led the county to their first-ever trophies – the Gillette Cup and John Player League – in 1979, with his side including Ian Botham, Viv Richards and Joel Garner among others.

Rose played nine Test matches (358 runs), two ODIs and scored 13,236 runs in 270 first-class matches, with a career best of 205.

He resumed teaching after retiring from playing but stayed involved at Somerset, serving as chairman and director of cricket, before standing down at the end of the 2012 season.

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