Jamie Cox: Somerset Legend
It was announced recently that Jamie Cox will take up the role of CEO of Somerset County Cricket Club in the New Year.
Jamie is familiar to Somerset Members and supporters following an outstanding playing career which saw him captain the Club to C&G Trophy glory in 2001.
Following his appointment, we felt that it would be apt to remind ourselves of everything that Jamie achieved during his time with the Club.
Although relatively unknown to English cricket followers, the Australian arrived at Somerset with a solid pedigree built up in his homeland. He made his First Grade debut at the age of 15 and was elevated to First Class cricket before his 18th birthday. He was the first inductee to Tasmania’s Academy and represented his country at Under 19, B and A level.
Upon his arrival in Taunton ahead of the 1999 season he was made Captain. The previous year had seen Somerset finish in ninth place in the County Championship and 14th in the Sunday League, whilst the Club were eliminated from the Nat West Trophy in the second round and exited the Benson & Hedges Cup at the group stage.
Under his stewardship, 1999 saw a revival of Somerset’s fortunes as the Club finished fourth in the Championship, were promoted to the first division of the Sunday League and reached the final of the Nat West Trophy.
The highlight of Cox’s time with the Club came in 2001 when he led Somerset to victory in the C&G Trophy as his side overcame Leicestershire at Lord’s to secure the Club’s first silverware since 1983.
Between 1999 and 2004, the Australian represented Somerset in 91 First Class matches, scoring 6688 runs at an average of 47.43 with a best of 250 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 2004. He made 17 First Class hundreds for the Club.
He also excelled in his 110 List A matches, scoring 3598 runs at an average of 34.26 with a best of 131.
T20 cricket was in its infancy during Jamie’s time at the Club but he still featured in seven matches scoring 139 runs.
During lockdown, we recorded an interview with Jamie, during which he fondly discussed his time with the Club.