Kirbs returns to Somerset

Former Somerset fast bowler, Steve Kirby will return to the Club as Bowling Coach.

Steve, who claimed more than 180 wickets for the Club between 2011 and 2014, will reprise the role that he held before taking up the position of Lead Bowling Coach for Zimbabwe in 2022.

Regarding his return, Steve said: “I’d like to hugely thank everyone at Zimbabwe Cricket for giving me the chance to work within the international game during the last few years. It’s an experience that I will never forget, and it was a genuine privilege to be able to work at that level. I’ve met so many fantastic people who I would now class as life-long friends.

“I’ve learned so much during my time away. Working in such a rewarding and humbling country has taught me so much, in particular in the areas of man-management. The benefits of this experience will certainly aid me in any coaching role in the future and I can’t wait to be able to bring these skills to Taunton and help support what is an amazing squad of players.

“However, spending so much time away from my family and children has been difficult. The position at Somerset will give me the chance to spend more time with them, and that’s something that’s very important to me.

“I already have a good relationship with the Somerset bowling group. The Club have a great blend of proven performers and outstanding young talent, and it’s exciting to think about what the next few years can hold. I just can’t wait to get going.”

SCCC Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry added: “Steve is someone who knows Somerset inside out and has a genuine love for the Club. He built up an outstanding relationship and rapport with our bowling group during his previous stint in the role and we are delighted that he is returning to work with this group again.

“He returns to us having gained international experience, as well as insight into working in different environments as well as at the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup. We very much look forward to seeing the knowledge that he has gained from this experience being shared with the playing group.

“Kirb’s passion for the developing players is second to none and his is enthusiasm is contagious. I’m sure his return will give everyone a boost and we very much look forward to him rejoining us ahead of the start of the season.

“Andrew Griffiths, who stood in as interim Bowling Coach during the 2023 season, has returned to his role as Pathway Coaching Lead after an outstanding season in the post. Everyone at the Club would like to thank Griff for his dedication and commitment during 2023, during which he helped to ensure that we once again had an attack that was one of, if not the very best, within the domestic game.

“Alongside Jason Kerr, Andrew will also continue to support some of the professional bowlers when his Pathway responsibilities allow.”