Academy duo carry out 12th man duties during New Zealand match
Our current four-day match against New Zealand at the County Ground in Taunton has given two Academy youngsters their first opportunity to undertake the twelfth man duties.
Ben Green has been doing the honours for Somerset whilst Calvin Harrison has been on duty for the tourists and both were thrilled at the opportunity.
Green, who plays his club cricket for Exeter and has just returned from a successful tour to Australia with the England Under 19s said: “Obviously I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to be the twelfth man for Somerset and to be part of such a high quality dressing room. It’s exciting for me and while I am there I will try and pick up as much knowledge that will help me in my game.”
Green, was also one of half a dozen local youngsters who bowled in the nets against the tourists on Thursday and went on to say: “It was great to have the chance to bowl at the New Zealanders the other day and it was a great experience to be able to bowl to such high class players.”
Harrison, who is a pupil at King’s College in Taunton, was born in New Zealand and lived there until moving to England two years ago. “I feel very privileged to be the twelfth man for New Zealand ,” he said. “I watched them play when I was growing up out there so I am very honoured. I played age group cricket but I was never involved with the national sides so this is something very special for me and a great opportunity.
“On Thursday I had the chance to come down and bowl at New Zealand in the nets and afterwards Steve Snell (the Somerset Second XI Coach & Academy Director) said there was an opportunity for me to be the twelfth man and of course I said yes! I have been involved in the warm ups which has been pretty strenuous but I have really enjoyed it. I haven’t had the chance yet to field but hope I will. This is definitely helping to build my confidence for the rest of the season, at Kings and then with Somerset Seconds.”
Harrison added: “ I’m having a good season and have played several games for Somerset Seconds and taken some wickets and scored runs so I’m pleased with the way that things are going for me.”