Ned Leonard enjoying his time on the Academy

Young fast bowler Ned Leonard is really enjoying being a member of the Somerset Academy where he has been involved since he joined back in the autumn.

The 15-year-old, who attends Millfield School and is studying for his GCSE’s, has recently moved to the West-Country having represented London/South East in the U15 Bunbury festival in the summer.

Reflecting on his time on the Academy so far Ned said: “It’s really hard work but it’s going really well for me. Everyone is so enthusiastic and we have extremely purposeful training sessions at the Centre of Excellence.

“Everything that we do is of a very high standard and it’s good to be able to keep up with all of the things that are asked of you by the coaches.”

How fast does Ned reckon he bowls and what is his favourite delivery?

“I bowled at Lord’s last year and was clocked at 77.6 which I was happy about and my favourite delivery has got to be a bouncer. I enjoy seeing what a batsman tries to do when I bowl one!

“Before joining the Somerset Academy I was involved with the Middlesex Emerging Player Programme from the age of 13. I started playing age group cricket for them when I was Under nine.

“I’ve played for Ealing Cricket Club ever since I was five years old, but now my family has moved down to Somerset I will be looking for a new club.”

What does Ned feel about living in the West-Country?

“I’m really enjoying living here in Somerset and the people around here are all lovely.”

What has Ned been working on over the winter?

“I’m working on specific areas of my bowling during this winter so that I can go into the coming season all guns blazing. In February I went out to India for a training camp with the Academy which I really enjoyed.”

Ned is certainly an ambitious young cricketer and is in no doubt what his ambition is.

“My ambition is to play cricket for England,” he answered without a moments hesitation!

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