Tom Lammonby signs for the Academy
Highly rated Devon youngster Tom Lammonby will be joining the Somerset Academy in the autumn and on Sunday he was at the County Ground to sign his contract.
The 15 year old, who bats and bowls left handed, has grown up playing through the Devon age group teams and attends Exeter School. Earlier this season he made his debut for Exeter CC who play in the top division of the Devon Premier League.
Tom said: “ I am really thrilled to be joining the Academy at the County Ground in Taunton. I have played through the Devon age group sides and hope to carry on with this as well as being involved with the Academy. It’s a great opportunity for me to have the chance to be involved with the Academy and to work with the coaches at Somerset and make use of their facilities. I am really looking forward to starting in the autumn.”
Tom is no stranger to the Somerset set up having already made his debut for the Second XI as well as acting as 12th man on another occasion about which he said: “It was a really good experience for me and we won the game I played in, although I didn’t get to do too much. It was also great to get to meet everybody and hopefully in the years to come I will get to know everybody much better.
“This is my first season so far in the Exeter First XI and I have also been playing for Devon Under 15′s and Under 17′s where things have gone quite well. I have scored a few runs and taken some wickets which is always good.”
Tom’s father Glenn came over from Australia to play with Exeter as an overseas player and captained them for a number of years. He has been here ever since! “I played for Exeter and captained them for seven years so I guess cricket is in the blood. Tom has been playing cricket ever since he was really young so seeing Tom signing up to join the Somerset Academy is a very proud moment for us.”
As soon as he had signed his contract, the Academy’s newest recruit was off to Malvern College to take part in the 2015 Bunbury Festival which has been a breeding ground for many players who have gone on to make it in the First Class game.
Steve Snell the Director of the Somerset Academy said: “Tom has impressed me as a player and as a character in the short time I have known him. He has had an impressive year with the bat and is somebody I am extremely excited to be welcoming on to our Academy programme.”
Steve added: “When Tom made his Second XI debut he looked as though he belonged in a professional environment and I have every confidence that he has the right skills and attitude to progress much further in the game.”
Pictured: Tom Lammonby and Steve Snell. (Image by Alexander Davidson.)