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Proud Tim discusses his contract

Tim Rouse talked proudly about being awarded a two-year contract by Somerset as he sat looking out over the Cooper Associates County Ground when we caught up with him recently.

“It’s a really proud moment for me signing my first full time contract,” he said. “Previously I was on a scholarship whilst I was at university. Having been away and not played a huge amount of cricket in Taunton it’s nice to be able to fully commit to a life and career in cricket.”

Tim had his first taste of the big time when he played against Pakistan at Taunton in 2016 about which he said: “It was a massive honour to make my first team debut, particularly in such a tough environment against Pakistan, but with the home crowd right behind me it was lovely to really feel a part of the squad here. I had scored some runs going into the game and was in good form so it was a great experience.”

The 21 year old batsman made his Specsavers County Championship debut recently in the match against Yorkshire at Scarborough which Somerset won. “I got 60 odd in the second innings so it was great to be able to contribute to a winning cause especially against the county where I was born,” he said. “It’s every young cricketers dream to make their Championship debut and I was very pleased to do so.”

 

Tim moved to the Bath area when he was just one year old and started playing cricket for Bath CC when he was nine. He attended Kingswood School and played age group cricket for Somerset from Under 11 level and progressed all the way through before joining the Academy when he was 15.

Tim talked about all the people who have supported and encouraged him on his way to getting his first contract. “My parents have helped me so much,” he said. “They brought me down to Taunton twice a week when I was on the Academy while my brother, who was always better than me, spent hours on end playing cricket with me when I was younger. Rob Maggs at Bath CC has helped me a lot along the way and was my coach going through the age groups. The Somerset coaches Andy Hurry, Greg Kennis, Jason Kerr, Paul Tweddle have all been brilliant and since he came on board Steve Snell has been a huge help.”

Looking to the future Tim said: “I’m now looking forward to the next two years of my cricketing career and, all being well, I plan to go overseas this winter to play cricket. I’ve always been balancing my academic work with my sport up until now so it will be nice to able to focus entirely on my cricket.”

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