ANDY Caddick has been awarded a thoroughly-deserved testimonial by Somerset this season, a fitting reward for a bowler who has given 20 years service to the Cidermen.

The big man first played for Somerset 2nd XI back in 1989 and, since then, has gone on to become a cricketing legend in his own time and a firm favourite among the County Ground faithful.

The England bosses soon realised that the New Zealand born tall right-armed paceman was something very special and he made his Test debut in 1993.

That season Caddy enjoyed the best figures of his career in the same game that Marcus Trescothick made his debut, a performance that few who were present to witness the feat at the County Ground will ever forget.

Lancashire looked to be the odds on favourites to wrap up an easy two day victory when they chased a victory total of just 88 in their second innings, however ‘Caddy’ had other ideas.

The Red Rose county lost their first four wickets for just one run – three to Caddick – and slipped to 16-6. Mike Watkinson helped to take the score onto 65 but Lancashire were all out for 72 and Somerset ran out the winners by 15 runs.

Caddick’s figures on that memorable day read, 11.1 overs, two maidens, nine wickets for 32 runs.

His most successful season for Somerset was in 1998 when he ended with 105 first class wickets.

On the England front, Caddick played 62 Tests for England – many Somerset fans reckon that should have been many more – taking 234 wickets at a cost of just 29.91 each, making him one of the most successful bowlers in the modern era.

In 2007 Caddy was a major factor behind Somerset regaining their Division One status in the County Championship and before he finally calls it a day his lasting ambition is to see the club lift the coveted championship title for the first time ever.

A number of events have been arranged for Caddick’s testimonial, starting with ‘A Night with Rory Bremner’ which brings the writer, impressionist and comedian to the County Ground on Thursday, May 21. Tickets can be obtained from Richard Brice, Caddick’s Testimonial chairman, on 07870-583123.

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