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Somerset cricket legend Brian Rose: A profile

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: September 05, 2012

Brian Rose made his debut for Somerset in 1969, and went on to captain the side

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Brian Rose, the director of cricket at Somerset, will stand down at the end of the season.

Rose has held the position at Taunton's County Ground for the past eight seasons, having also served the club as a player and captain.

Rose was born in Kent but moved to Weston-super-Mare at a young age, where he was educated at Locking Primary and Weston-super-Mare Grammar School.

He worked his way through school and county stages – under-13 and under-15 - which gave him captaincy experience, and finally into the English Schools team.

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Rose went on to study to become a teacher at Brunel University in London for three years, before pursuing a successful county career with Somerset.

The left-handed opening batsman made his debut for Somerset in 1969. Between 1978 and 1983 he captained the side, which under his leadership secured five trophies.

Rose became captain just before he toured Pakistan and New Zealand with England, and won his first five Test caps.

ESPN reports that upon his return Rose married, and then led his county to their most successful season, although they lost two titles in a disappointing September weekend.

In total Rose played in 251 first class matches for Somerset, in which he scored 12,342 runs at an average of 33.27, including 23 centuries.

He topped 1,000 runs in a season on eight occasions, and his career best score was 205 against Northamptonshire at Clarence Park in Weston in 1977.

Between 1977 and 1981 Rose played in nine Test Matches, and in 1977 appeared in two One Day Internationals. In 1979 he was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

The highlight of his England career was the 1980 home series against West Indies, when he scored 243 runs at an average of 48.

But Rose is perhaps best remembered for leading Somerset to their first silverware, the Gillette Cup and the John Player League, in 1979. He became the first Somerset captain to accept a major trophy.

The next day collected the John Player League Trophy.

In the same year, ESPN reports, he “courted controversy by declaring Somerset's innings in a Benson & Hedges Cup match after one over, so as to take advantage of a technicality.”

He suffered a torrent of criticism, and Somerset were expelled from the contest. But Rose stood tall and later said he never considered resignation.

In 1981 the cricket guru developed eye problems while on tour in the West Indies, forcing him to return home early.

Rose saw out his playing days at Somerset, remaining on the staff until he retired in 1987.

He went on to enjoy a successful business career at St Regis Paper, becoming the Commercial Manager between 1988 and 1994. He was Sales Director between 1995 and 2002.

Between 1992 and 1998 Rose was Chairman of Cricket at Somerset, and was appointed to his post of Director of Cricket in 2005.

Reporting the appointment, the BBC said: “He will work alongside first team coach Mark Garaway, but will also have the task of identifying young talent by developing links with schools”.

It is the commitment to developing young players that Somerset chairman Andy Nash sees as Rose's greatest legacy: “He has also overseen substantial and lasting improvements in our age groups, player’s pathway and Academy which has resulted in the development of abundant young talent, many of whom have achieved First Team contracts and international honours,” he said.

The former England Test batsman led Somerset to the domestic Twenty20 title in his first year in charge, and they have since been runners-up three times.

The 62-year-old is expected to assist the county in an unspecified capacity from next summer.

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