Ben Green’s first day at the office
Somerset’s young all rounder Ben Green recently spent his first morning training at the Cooper Associates County Ground as a full time professional cricketer.
The 19 year old, who signed a three year contract after graduating from the Somerset Academy, had his first bat for over a month and did some fitness work as part of what will be a hard winter of work for him.
“It doesn’t feel all that different to be honest,” he said “I’ve been here training for a few years now having been on the Academy, but I guess the biggest difference is that this is what I will be doing now all the time, rather than going back to school! It’s great to think that all I have to concentrate on now is getting myself physically as fit as I can and working on developing my own game. My personal fitness is just about there, so this winter I will be working hard on developing my strength and cardio work to make sure that I can withstand the whole of a long professional season.
“I had a hit this morning, which was my first for a month and although I felt a little bit rusty at first, I got back into it quite nicely and I was happy with how it went for me. I have had a break from cricket and will be heading off with my family later this month before reporting back with the rest of the Somerset players in early November.”
Ben will be spending November back in Taunton before heading out with the Young Lions to Dubai to attend a training camp. “That runs from December 3rd to the 23rd,” he said. “Then there is a series for the Young Lions against Young India in India between late January and the end of February.”
On the Young Lions trip Ben will be joining up two other Somerset youngsters, George Bartlett and Tom Banton about which he said: “It’s great to be a part of the Somerset contingent and we all get along pretty well, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Reflecting on the season just gone Ben said: “ I think the highlight for me has to be making my first team debut in the NatWest T20 Blast game at Hampshire in front of by far the biggest crowd I have ever played in front of. I was pretty happy with how it went as well. It was also good to be able to play in the finals of the Second XI T20 and the Second XI Trophy, but obviously disappointing to not get across the line, especially in the T20.”
Looking ahead to next season Green who sees himself as a genuine all rounder said: “Having had that little taste of first team cricket now hopefully I will get some good performances in the Second XI early on and push for a few more games in the first team.”