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Two year contract for Eddie

Somerset Academy batsman Eddie Byrom has signed a two year professional contract with the Club.

20 year old Eddie, who is originally from Zimbabwe, has impressed for the Second XI this season and his fine performances have been rewarded with his first professional contract.

After signing on the dotted line Eddie said: “It’s brilliant. Ever since I was small I’ve aspired to be a professional cricketer so this is an amazing moment for me and my family. It’s really great to be a part of Somerset. It’s a great Club with an incredible history. To be able to have the opportunity to be a part of that really is a dream come true.”

Eddie came to the UK to study and play cricket at Kings College about which he said: “Obviously it’s a great cricketing school and I was wanting to pursue a cricket career here in England. It was a great place to be and that’s where it all started really. Kings has a very professional set up which was key to my development. They introduced me to Somerset and getting on to the Academy last year was massive for me. To be able to work with people like Steve Snell and Paul Tweddle was great for me.”

Eddie has been pleased with his form so far this year. “It’s been great to get an opportunity with the Seconds this summer,” he said. “I’m just trying to make the most of it and it’s been good to score some runs. Hopefully that can continue! There’s a really strong side here at Somerset, so it’ll just be a case of biding my time and scoring as many runs as I can for the Second Team.”

Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Eddie is a player with immense potential. His performances for the Second XI this season have been very impressive and I have heard nothing but good things about him from Steve Snell. His attitude and application are outstanding and I’ve been very impressed by his game management. He knows how to score runs and I think that Somerset supporters could well be hearing a lot about him in the years to come.”

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