Rob elected captain at Weston

PUBLISHED: 09:06 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:06 13 January 2017

Rob Turner.

Rob Turner.

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Rob Turner is the new Weston Cricket Club captain for the coming season.

Rob Turner has been elected as the Weston captain for the 2017 season.

Rob came through the Weston youth section and played his first game for the Under-13s aged 10.

Working his way up through the Eaglets and Falcons as a junior, he was eventually selected for the 1st XI under the captaincy of John Scott.

Both of Rob’s elder brothers, Richard and Simon, have captained Weston in the past and father Derek is a past chairman of the club, who was hugely responsible for the excellent facilities currently in place at the club.

He has been a regular in the Weston first team for the previous few seasons, providing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the squad.

A right-handed wicketkeeper batsman, Rob started his career in 1988 with Cambridge University, whom he captained. He started playing with Somerset three years later and was their keeper until his retirement in 2005.

He took 753 first-class dismissals in his 250-game career scoring more than 1,000 runs in both 1997 and 1999 first class seasons.

Although he was extremely unlucky never to be selected to play for England, Turner toured with the England A team in Bangladesh and New Zealand during 1999/2000 and has been a regular for the MCC and PCA representative sides since retirement.

Weston continue to grow as a club and have added a fifth eleven to their Saturday line up and a midweek entry to the Weston league.

An additional Under-13s team will be added to the youth set-up, which saw the Under-11 girls retain their county championship and unbeaten record for their third successive season.

They also finished in the top half of the boy’s league. The Under-11 Wizards, 13s, 15s and 19s all finished runners-up in their respective leagues.

Weston have approximately 20 youth players involved with representative and full county age group cricket, making them one of the biggest and most successful youth set-ups in the county.

February will see Tahmid Ahmed and Jack Press both touring Sri Lanka with Somerset Under-15s and they will both be looking to secure first team positions in the coming seasons.

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