Remarkable weekend for Tom
Tom Abell has just enjoyed his best all round game so far playing Grade A cricket for Fremantle in Western Australia where he is spending the winter.
In the game that ended on Saturday the 21 year old, who finished third in the Somerset championship batting averages behind Marcus Trescothick and James Hildreth, was in sparking form with both bat and ball.
In their home game against Willetton at Stevens Reserve West, batting first the Taunton youngster hit 42 off 87 balls with five 4s as Fremantle were bowled out for 209 in 73.2 overs.
Abell then swapped bat for ball and took an incredible five for 16 off 14.2 overs with seven maidens as Willetton were bowled out for 148 in 58.2 overs.
Batting for a second time Abell dominated and hit an unbeaten 89 off 97 balls including 13 fours and one 6 to help Fremantle end the game on 128 for one.
Afterwards Abell said: “After a disappointing weekend with the bat last week, I was naturally delighted that we managed to get a win from the position that we were in.
“It was a good all round effort as it was still a pretty good pitch to bat on. It was even more pleasing to contribute to that effort as I have been disappointed not to make more meaningful contributions in my time here, so it is a nice feeling to have got the win going into the Christmas break.
He added: “The nature of the two day games meant that we had to bat again, however the remaining 30 overs in the game probably didn’t make an outright win a realistic possibility, so it was nice to get another hit and put a few things I’ve been working on in the nets into practice.”
You can see the scorecard from the match by clicking here.