Somerset County Cricket Club (SCCC) of England has announced that Steve Kirby will be rejoining the team as they have appointed him their new bowling coach.
Steve Kirby has previously played for the team from 2011-2014 in all the three formats of the game. During his tenure, he recorded fine bowling statistics and claimed 180 wickets.
He had also represented the team in two T20 finals and also played for the side which had made into the semi-finals of the 2011 Champion League Twenty20. Kirby announced his retirement from first-class cricket in 2014.
After serving as the Assistant Coach (Bowling Lead) for Derbyshire, Kirby stepped down from his position to welcome Somerset’s offer.
Thrilled on his appointment, the former first-class cricketer said, “I’m really happy to be coming back to Somerset. I had some amazing times there as a player. Since then I’ve had quite a journey as a coach, initially with the MCC and then with Derbyshire.
“Somerset have a fantastic bowling unit, with International players and players who are on the verge of making that step up. I’ll be working with some of the best bowlers in the country, and the bowlers in Somerset’s exceptional Pathway system are really exciting too. I’m really looking forward to helping add to that pipeline in the future.
I have huge respect for the Coaching Team and I’m looking forward to working with Jason Kerr and Andy Hurry again. This move will also bring me back closer to my family and my children. I’m so excited by this opportunity and I really can’t wait to get started,” he added.
Andy Hurry, Somerset Director of Cricket said, “We were really pleased with the level of interest that we received regarding the vacancy, and we undertook a robust process in identifying Steve as the stand-out fit for us.
“He has been on an incredible journey since playing for the Club and has undertaken a number of coaching roles at that time. During this period, the growth that he has shown in supporting player’s development really impressed us.”
Somerset hopes to highly benefit from Kirby’s incredible bowling skills. Kirby will start of with his new role in February, 2021.