Nick named new Head Grounds Person

Somerset County Cricket Club can today announce Nick Pepper has been named as the Club’s new Head Grounds Person.

Nick, who joined the Club as deputy to Scott Hawkins, has First-Class experience having previously worked at Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

After accepting the role, he said: “I’m very grateful to Somerset for giving me this opportunity, and this has been my career goal since I started in the industry. For me, progression is key when it comes to success, and there are many elements to that. It’s important that we understand what our roles are within the grounds team so that we can support each other. As an extension of that it’s key for us to support all departments so that we can work towards one goal, a thriving successful Club which inspires the South-West through cricket.

“I’m driven to create elite playing surfaces that produce high quality cricket and a winning team. A vital element of that will be working closely with the players and coaching staff as well as supporting and upskilling our grounds team. I want us to have a reputation for producing great pitches and facilities, developing people and having a winning team on the field, with the ground staff playing a key part in trophy winning campaigns like we saw in 2023.”

Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “Having gone through a thorough recruitment process over recent months, we are delighted that Nick has accepted the opportunity to lead the grounds team.

“We were really impressed with his pitch preparation and ground knowledge as well as his insight to growing the team more widely. His vision for how we can explore ways in which we can continually develop the surfaces and facilities across our two venues was really impressive. He also shared a clear vision regarding the steps needed to support the growth and expertise of the grounds team moving forward.

“Nick has a really strong understanding of the Cooper Associates County Ground as well as the Taunton Vale Sports Club grounds and pitches. We very much look forward to the support that Nick and the grounds team will offer to the on-field performances and the wider Club throughout 2024 and beyond.”