Cricket: Somerset confirm return of Jerome Taylor

PUBLISHED: 11:03 22 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:27 24 January 2019

Somerset's Jerome Taylor celebrates taking the wicket of Sussex Sharks' Laurie Evans (right) during the Vitality T20 Blast Semi Final match on Finals Day at Edgbaston, Birmingham (pic Anthony Devlin/PA)

Somerset's Jerome Taylor celebrates taking the wicket of Sussex Sharks' Laurie Evans (right) during the Vitality T20 Blast Semi Final match on Finals Day at Edgbaston, Birmingham (pic Anthony Devlin/PA)

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West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor will return to Somerset for the 2019 Vitality Blast campaign, the county have announced.

The T20 World Cup-winning bowler made a huge impact in last season’s competition, taking 22 wickets in 11 matches at an average of just 16.64 as Somerset reached Finals Day.

Taylor also became only the third Somerset bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in T20 cricket when he took 5-15 against Hampshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

He has an outstanding record in T20 cricket and has taken 33 wickets in 30 matches for the West Indies at an average of 26.15 with a best of 3-6.

Taylor has also featured in 101 other T20 matches around the world, taking a total of 126 wickets at an average of 23.42 with a best of 5-10.

After agreeing to return to Somerset, he said: “I really enjoyed my time at Somerset last year and I’m looking forward to going back.

“There was a great atmosphere in the dressing room and that showed out on the pitch.

“Getting to Finals Day with that group was a special experience and I hope that I can help Somerset get back there in 2019.”

Somerset Director of Cricket Andy Hurry added: “Jerome made a real impact during the 2018 Vitality Blast campaign and we are really excited to be continuing our relationship with him.

“He brought a wealth of experience and skill that, alongside his availability for the full duration of the 2019 competition, will again add significant value to our attack.”

Somerset’s Vitality Blast captain Lewis Gregory said: “Jerome’s experience and expertise were exactly what we needed last year. We have an outstanding bowling unit here and he complemented that perfectly.

“We came so close to achieving what we had worked so hard for last year and he was a big part of that. We are all really looking forward to playing alongside him again in 2019.”

The return of Taylor comes after the county also revealed contract extensions for Ben Green and George Bartlett until the end of 2021.

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