Somerset young cricketers performing well
Three Somerset Under 17 cricketers (George Bartlett, Archie Dunning who both attend Millfield and Calvin Harrison who is at King’s College) were all involved in the Regional Super Fours that took place at Loughborough last week.
Greg Kennis who is the Somerset Cricket Board head coach and also the Under 17′s age group coach said: “Archie and Calvin had limited opportunities due to the make-up of the South and West squad but there were numerous spinners for Calvin to compete with and also seamers for Archie to be in contention with.
“When they did get their chance, both Archie and Calvin fitted in really well to that environment and showed why they were selected to be part of the squad.
“George captained the South and West side and was probably their stand out batsman throughout the week. He scored 64 against the Midlands, 63 against London and the East and he then scored 103 against the same opposition when they played them later in the week.”
Kennis, who spent the week at Loughborough with the trio added: “It is really pleasing to see Somerset boys getting rewarded for all the hard work that they have put in over the past few years. I’d like to think that over the course of the week all three of them impressed.”
A fourth Somerset Academy youngster Ben Green was meant to be in attendance but had to withdraw because of injury.
Elsewhere two of Somerset’s Under 15 age group players, Charles Clist and Ned Dunning, gave a good account of themselves when they attended the Bunbury Festival at Malvern College recently.
Clist who attends King’s College and plays for Taunton is a left handed batsman while Dunning who is at Millfield School and plays for Glastonbury is as an all-rounder for Somerset.
SCB head coach Greg Kennis said: “Both did pretty well at Bunbury. Charles took his opportunity well and got a quickfire 60 not out off 29 balls in one game and followed it up with a 50 in one of the T20 games. Ned is an all-rounder for Somerset, but at Bunbury he was predominantly picked as an off spinner and got three wickets in one match and two in another.
“Ned and Charles are just two of the very talented young cricketers who we have got coming through our age group system and they both played a key part in helping the South West to win the Festival for the first time in a number of years.”
Kennis added: “Currently Charles is on the Emerging Player Programme, while Ned has previously been a part of it. The challenge for them both is to continue working hard and developing their games, if they can do this then hopefully they will contribute to winning more games of cricket for Somerset.”
Tom Lammonby, who has just signed to join the Somerset Academy after coming through the Devon age group system, was named as the Batsman of the Bunbury Festival and this week was selected to represent the South XI against the North XI at Loughborough University.