Scott to leave Somerset

Scott Hawkins, Somerset CCC’s Head Ground’s Person will be leaving the Club at the end of October.

After four years at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Scott will be taking up a new role with a Premier League football club.

Looking back on his time with Somerset, Scott said: “Reflecting on my four years here in Taunton, I’m grateful for the opportunity to have managed the grounds of a great club like Somerset. I would like to thank all the members of my team that I have worked with over the period for their commitment, effort and enthusiasm towards making the playing surfaces for all Somerset squads the best they possibly can be.

“I joined a couple of months before the Covid lockdown, and the first season and a half were everchanging and presented plenty of new challenges.  Since then, things have returned to more normal circumstances allowing time to be spent on ground improvement projects and staff development.

“This October will see the fourth major outfield renovation in a row, 2023 being the biggest yet to target improving the drainage and surface levels. This is a project that I have dedicated a lot of time to, and it will allow the outfield to perform at its best for the players, and maximise the overs bowled moving forward.

“My new role offers a great opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge. Working at the highest level of professional football is a prospect I’m looking forward to.

“I would like to thank Gordon Hollins plus all the staff and players at Somerset County Cricket Club for their support over the last four years.”

Somerset CCC CEO, Gordon Hollins has thanked Scott for his outstanding efforts during his time with the Club. “Throughout his tenure, Scott has demonstrated real commitment and dedication to his role, during some of the most challenging of circumstances,” he said. “Shortly after joining us, Scott worked on his own for a long period when the rest of his team were furloughed. He has since tackled some difficult issues including the extreme weather in March and April this year and the subsequent outfield challenge that this caused.

“He has also overseen and led the growth of the Ground Staff team, which has led to us now having a grounds team who are highly skilled, dedicated and committed across both the Cooper Associates County Ground and Taunton Vale Sports Club.

“I would like to register my sincere thanks to Scott for the contribution he has made to SCCC and wish him well for the future.”