Potential Somerset Player Programme: an exciting new development
Last week saw the launch of the Potential Somerset Player Programme which is a new addition to the performance pathway at Somerset County Cricket Club.
Players will join the programme from the Somerset Age group system and surrounding Minor Counties with the purpose of providing additional contact time and individualised development to more young cricketers in the South West.
Players will be working on all aspects of their game as well as mental and lifestyle skills which will hopefully allow them to progress onto the Academy, or higher honours.
The players who will be joining the programme are:
Lewis is a talented top order batsman and left arm spinner who plays his cricket for Troon CC in Cornwall and is a member of the Cornwall EPP. Lewis has played at the Kings Festival in Taunton with his Cornwall age group side at Under13, most notably scoring 100 not out against a strong Yorkshire side. After another successful season in 2015 playing in the Cornwall U14’s, U15′s and U17’s Lewis has ambitions of going on to play for the South and West Regional side in 2016 that competes at the Bunbury Festival. Outside of cricket Lewis is a keen footballer and plays for his local side as an influential attacking midfielder.
Ned is skilful off spin bowler and middle order batsman. He attends Millfield School and lives in Pilton near Glastonbury. Ned has been a regular feature in a very talented Millfield school XI. As well as this Ned’s spin and middle order runs added to a strong year for the Somerset U15’s as they reached the national quarterfinals. Ned also played a key role in the South and West Regional side competing at this years Bunbury Festival, most notably in taking three for 47 against London and the East. Ned will combine his PSPP sessions with extra skills and strength & Conditioning sessions at Millfield School.
Ben is a fluent top order batsman and wicket-keeper who plays his club cricket at Bath CC and attends Monkton Combe School. Ben had an outstanding year with the bat and gloves for the Somerset U15’s and led the averages with 432 runs at 54 with a highest score of 109 in ECB Cup games alone. Ben also played games for the Somerset Development squad against strong opposition from Surrey Academy and Wales.
Fin is a strong and imposing middle order batsman and stylish wicket-keeper who lives in Bristol and has recently moved to Millfield School. Fin played for a very strong Somerset U17 side as well as the Development squad for whom he had a highest score of 160 against Devon at Taunton Vale. He plays his club cricket for Bristol Cricket Club where he has already made is first team debut. Fin will also be combining his PSPP sessions with extra skills and strength & conditioning sessions at Millfield during the week.
Somerset Assistant Coach Jason Kerr is excited by the introduction of the PSPP. “It’s an exciting development,” he said. “Ultimately we will be delivering the same level of coaching that runs through the whole of the Somerset pathway including the academy and the Emerging Player Programme. The more contact time you can have with players the better they are likely to become. It’s about building relationships with us, the individuals and the coaches that they are working with. There’s lots of dialogue back and forth to make sure that the message we’re delivering is the same across the board, whether they are at Millfield or down in Cornwall
“We just felt that we needed an additional vehicle and have therefore identified these four players who will receive some high quality coaching. We selected the players after discussing who had performed well within our own systems and also with the Minor Counties. We have kept the numbers small in order to make sure that the quality of coaching and the holistic process of player development is of huge benefit to those individuals. We have a real philosophy here about creating well rounded people. It’s about developing young players both on and off the field to make sure that they’ve got the humility, desire and hunger. It’s about creating the right environment to shape those individuals and we want them to go on and not just represent the Club but represent it in the right way.”