Redrup selected by MCC
Somerset’s young bowler Liam Redrup has been selected by the MCC for their 12-day tour to Nepal and will fly out to Kathmandu next Friday.
The 19 year old who was born in Taunton and grew up locally, played cricket through the Somerset age groups, and graduated from the Academy at the end of the summer .
Liam, who plays his club cricket for Taunton Deane, made his Second XI debut back in 2013 and is now on a Somerset Scholarship which will see him train with the full time professionals throughout the winter and be available for the County in 2016.
When he heard the news, the fast bowler who attended King’s College said: “ It was great to get the call up and it just came out of the blue. I will be off to Nepal pretty soon so I just can’t wait. I don’t really have too much time to think about it because in a few days time I will be up and going.”
The MCC touring party will be captained by the former Essex, Kent and Middlesex player Neil Dexter, who has joined Leicestershire for 2016, and during their time in Nepal they will play six matches; four 50 over games, one two-day match and one T20.
“It will be an incredible experience to play alongside the rest of the squad,” he said. “Most of them will be much older and more experienced than I am, so I hope I can learn a lot from them. It will also be good to go and play cricket in a different environment. I’ve had a pretty good season myself in 2015 and taken a few wickets for Somerset Seconds and now I’ve got my scholarship deal which is what I was hoping for.
“Now I am looking forward to the winter, working hard and progressing. My hope is that I can do even better next year. This winter I will be based at the County Ground where I will be working on my fitness with Darren Veness (Somerset’s Head of Strength & Conditioning) in the gym and I will also be working with Jason Kerr and Ben Phillips on my bowling as well as trying to improve my batting.”
Talking about some of the highlights of the 2015 season Liam said: “I guess one of them has to be the game for King’s against the PCA. The PCA had a lot of big names playing for them and I top scored in that game! With the Seconds I think it would be getting the wicket of Yorkshire’s Will Rhodes in the three-day game we played against them towards the end of the season. He got a lot of runs in the first innings so to get him to edge behind in the second meant such a lot to me. I also got a few other good scalps that will live with me forever.”
Liam added: “I’ve just ordered my kit to take with me and we meet at Lord’s on November 12th. Then we get the bus to Heathrow for an evening flight to Kathmandu. It will be straight into the cricket when we get there so I can’t wait for all that to happen.”
Somerset Assistant Coach Jason Kerr said: ”Liam is an exciting young bowler. He is now on a scholarship with us and he has earned this through his performances with the Second XI where he did a good job throughout the season. I look forward to working with him throughout the winter. This MCC call up is a fantastic opportunity which will be a great experience, not just from a cricketing point of view but from a life point of view.”