Latest from our players abroad
Somerset have a number of squad members playing abroad over the course of the winter and here is the latest round up of how they are getting along.
Alex Barrow is currently in New Zealand where he made 89 in the Cornwall CC total of 301 for eight declared against Birkenhead CC.
In Australia Tom Abell scored 42 from 87 balls for Fremantle as they were all out for 209 against Willetton. Elsewhere in Australia Jack Leach opened the batting for Wanneroo Districts making 10 but also claimed 1 for 10 from 14 overs in a bowling spell that included 10 maidens.
They will soon be joined by Lewis Gregory who has jetted off to Perth where he is continuing with his rehab until Christmas after which he will be playing Grade A cricket for Subiaco Floreat. Before he departed from Heathrow the 23 year old, who sustained a back injury that prevented him joining the England Lions for their T20 series against Pakistan A said: “Obviously I am pretty excited to be setting off to play cricket in a different part of the world, and somewhere I haven’t been yet. The conditions there will be very different to anything that I have been used to so I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing cricket again.”
Before he left the County Ground the all rounder was busy putting the final touches to his preparations. “I had a couple of hits in the nets last week,” he said. “I was trying to get into focus a little bit because I haven’t picked up a bat for a while and it was nice to get back into it again.”
Talking about how his recovery is going Lewis said: “I’m not up to full speed yet so I will be carrying on my rehab whilst I’m out there. I should be up to full speed running wise and all set to start playing competitive cricket after Christmas.”
Elsewhere Jamie Overton was part of the England Lions side who beat Pakistan A in Dubai by five wickets with 11 balls to spare in the fourth T20 International, which levels the series at 2-2.
In Sri Lanka three Somerset youngsters represented the England Under 19′s as the hosts came out on top by 52 runs. Despite the defeat Ryan Davies claimed a stumping and a catch and made 28 with the bat whilst Ben Green took two for twenty from 7.1 overs and George Bartlett took one for four from two overs.