Bob Cottam, the Somerset Director of Cricket, has parted company with the club with a year of his contract still to run. A statement from Peter Anderson, the chief executive, yesterday explained Cottam was departing "by mutual consent". The same statement also revealed that the club captain, Andy Hayhurst, the off-spinner, Jeremy Batty, and the seam bowler, Jeremy Hallett, are being released.
Yorkshire have reappointed David Byas as captain but released Mark Robinson, their 29-year-old left-arm seamer. The Hull-born Robinson made 90 first-class appearances, taking 218 wickets at a cost of 31.49 runs apiece after signing from Northamptonshire in 1991. He has been unable to earn selection this season. The club have given a new contract to the second-team batsman Bradley Parker, who was offered the chance to move last year but remained at Headingley to complete the terms of his engagement.