Tom signs for four years as George joins Sussex on a short term loan
Somerset CCC have been boosted by the news that batsman Tom Abell has signed his first full contract with the Club.
The 20 year old has worked his way through the ranks at the County and burst on to the scene last season by making an accomplished 95 on his First Class debut.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “I’ve seen something that I really like in Tom. I like his character, I like what he has to offer and he’s got a lot of talent. We are delighted that he’s signed a deal that will keep him here until 2019. He is highly thought of and hopefully in the years to come we will see him go on to big things because he certainly has the temperament to do it.”
Tom was delighted to sign on the dotted line. “To say that I’m chuffed to bits is an understatement,” he said. “Matt Maynard took me to one side when we were heading up to Durham last week and outlined the Club’s plans so I was over the moon to sign. Playing for Somerset is always something that I have wanted to do and this gives me the platform to hopefully progress over the next few years and establish myself in the team”
Elsewhere in squad news this week Somerset and Ireland spinner George Dockrell is to join Sussex on a month’s loan.
The 22 year old will join up with Sussex today ahead of their LV= County Championship match against Durham.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “George is a quality performer and has played a lot of International cricket but following the signing of Abdur Rehman he has had limited opportunities this year. He has been offered the chance to go to Sussex ahead of the World T20 Qualifiers and we have allowed him to make the temporary switch. I think this will be good for him and good for Somerset too because he will get some First Class game time which is vital at this stage of his career.
“Second XI cricket is less intense than First Class cricket and there is no substitute for playing for the first XI. That is what is behind this move. George has definitely got a future here in Taunton and is still very much a part of the squad. We look forward to seeing him back at the County Ground with a little more First Class experience under his belt.
“George is at the stage of his career where he quite rightly wants to be playing regularly at the highest level domestically. He’s a great lad, is very ambitious and has done tremendously well for Ireland over the years.”
George said: “It’s going to be an interesting few weeks in a new environment but it will be good to get some First Class cricket under my belt. I’ve played a lot of second XI cricket in the last few years but to develop my game I need to be playing first XI cricket and this will give me the opportunity. It’s only for a month and I’ll be coming back with a bit more experience which will hopefully help me and Somerset.”