Nosworthy to step down at Somerset

The South African's contract at Taunton had another year to run, but with the county apparently due for another trophyless season - a pattern Nosworthy was charged with ending - he is departing by mutual consent.

Somerset are still mathematically in the hunt for a first LV= County Championship, but failure to make the last eight of the NatWest T20 Blast or the Royal London One-Day Cup represents significant underachievement.

Somerset chief executive Guy Lavender said: "Both the club and Dave have decided that is in the best interests of Somerset CCC to part company at the end of this season.

"We still have a critical part of the season remaining and all of our immediate efforts are currently focused on beating Northamptonshire in our County Championship match which commences on Sunday.

"The process of recruiting Dave's successor is under way and an announcement will be made in due course."

Nosworthy added: "I believe the time is now right for me to return home with my family for a number of personal and business reasons, and for me to redirect my own personal energies and ambitions. I believe I have done as much as I can and that the time is now right to step down.

"There have been highs and lows and some tough decisions to have been made along the way, but what has been most pleasing to me has been the emergence of some of the younger players who have really come through and flourished in recent months.

"I have personally learnt a lot over the last two years about people and cricket and look forward to taking this knowledge and these experiences with me along in the future."

  Somerset director of cricket Dave Nosworthy is to leave his position at the end of the season
Somerset director of cricket Dave Nosworthy is to leave his position at the end of the season