Byrom to join the Academy
Opening batsman Eddie Byrom, who has scored runs heavily this season for King’s College, Taunton St Andrews and Somerset Second XI has been signed up to join the Somerset Academy starting this autumn.
The 18 year old Zimbabwean born left hander who holds an Irish passport said: “I am really proud to be given this opportunity to join the Academy later this year to enable me to grow my skills. It is definitely exciting and I am really looking forward to hopefully a really prosperous year in 2016.
“I have had some big scores this year which has helped me to get noticed. I was just finding my feet with the Seconds and I think the big thing for me was getting on top of the mental side of the game which I realize is so important as you go up in the levels of cricket.
“I am really happy with the way things have gone for me and this is the next step in realizing my dream of becoming a professional cricketer which I have had since I was a really young boy. It is very exciting to be on the way and I hope I can get there sooner than later.”
Phil Lewis, Head of Cricket at King’s College who has been involved with Eddie from the time he first came to England said: “ I am absolutely delighted that Eddie has signed to join the Somerset Academy at the County Ground.
“It’s more than a year ago that he arrived in England to join the school and at that point we had seen him in the nets and had a couple of one to one training sessions and knew that he was a bit special, but we weren’t quite sure how things were going to work out with him.
“However he has been patient and all through last winter he was working with us at King’s and doing a weekly one to one with me. Slowly over the course of the season he has managed to show to Steve Snell at the Academy and the rest of the Somerset guys that he was good enough and that gave him an entry.
“There have been moments when there have been little inconsistencies through the season but the class was there and the ability. Then he scored runs at the right time for his club and got another opportunity with the Seconds and from there he scored a couple of hundreds which is what he needed to do to prove that he was strong enough, which he is.”
Phil added: “It has been a wonderful progression from when he came over a year or so ago to where he is now and this is just reward for the hard work ethic that he has got and they way that he goes about things.”
Steve Snell the Director of the Somerset Academy said: “I am delighted to be able to sign Eddie on the Somerset Academy, He has shown a maturity well beyond his 18 years in compiling two excellent centuries for the second team, whilst also demonstrating that he has the flexibility to expand his game in the shorter formats.”
He added: “Though he still has lots of work to do, I have little doubt that Eddle will be a successful run scorer for Somerset in the not to distant future.”