An open letter from Max Waller

An open letter from Max Waller

15 years and 200+ games later…

All good things must come to an end! 😢

I represented Somerset U11’s back in 1999. This serves as a reminder to me of how much of my life I have spent at this club and what a special place Taunton and the CACG has become!

The thing I’m most proud of is finding a way to be a successful leg-spinner for 15 years in T20 cricket at (Taunton) the highest scoring T20 ground in the world! It’s brilliant to finish my career as Somerset’s all-time leading T20 wicket-taker and my career economy rate in T20 is something I can look back on with great pride.

I’d loved to have played more First Class cricket over my time at Somerset, however, my First Class debut in a win at Hove, will always be a special memory (Cap: 621) ❤️

Sport is ultimately entertainment and I’d like to think I’ve entertained on the field and occasionally on social media. I’ve tried to enjoy every moment playing in front of a fantastic crowd at Taunton, other brilliant venues around the country and across the globe.

I’m very well aware of what being a fan and supporter is like as that’s where it all started for me. Therefore, I hope I have been generous with my time to those fans, young and old that have supported me throughout. Having photos and signing autographs is easy to do and means so much to those who ask and I always felt privileged to do so.

The game of cricket has given me a number of great experiences. I’ve been lucky enough and play with some fantastic players, travel to some brilliant places all over the world and make some life-long friendships.

Thanks to everyone who has been part of the journey, especially to all of my family who have been there for me throughout! ❤️

Here’s to the next chapter…


Maxi/Goose/Wally #10

Max Waller has been awarded a testimonial year in 2023.

Following a proposal from several members, the Club Board unanimously approved the motion at a meeting earlier this week.

The Board have taken this decision in light of Max’s outstanding contribution to the Club on the field for more than a decade alongside his diligent work within the Club’s award-winning Community Engagement Programme.

After attending Millfield School, Max made his debut for Somerset in 2009 and went on to become one of the most effective T20 bowlers in the country, making 144 appearances for the Club in the format.

Earlier this year Max became Somerset’s all-time leading wicket taker in T20 cricket when he claimed his 139th victim against the Sri Lanka Development XI.

Further details of Max’s testimonial year will be announced in due course.

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “Max started his journey as part of the County Age Group Under 11s. Throughout all those years playing through the County Age group sides and during his time within the professional game his competitive nature and will to win has remained inspirational to all.

“He played a significant part over many, many seasons in the success that the Club enjoyed in T20 cricket, including playing in a number of T20 finals. He was also part of the squad that qualified for two T20 Champions League competitions in India which included a semi-final against Mumbai Indians.

“Max has also been hugely influential in helping younger players understand the levels of performance required at the top level of domestic cricket, and over the years he has been one of the best fielders we have seen take to the field in a Somerset shirt.

“We will all have a special memory of Max Waller because there are so many moments to reflect on. A Somerset record breaker, an inspirational role model for all young cricketers and of course a crowd favourite. On behalf of all the players, staff, members and supporters of Somerset, we thank him for his unconditional service and all the memories he has given us. We wish Max and his family all the very best in the future.”

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