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Ben going back to his roots

Ben Green has been going back to his roots recently.

The 22-year-old from Exeter returned to his home county last weekend to work with some of Devon’s top young cricketers.

“At the weekend I went down to Devon to help out with their development squad and their under 18s,” he explained. “It was a great opportunity for me, and I’m looking into whether I would like to take up coaching in the future.

“I’m fortunate enough that Sandy Allen and Matt Theedom offered me the chance to come down for a few hours to help with my Level Two coaching, so I can get a feel for what coaching’s really like throughout the Devon system.

Ben, who progressed through the Devon age groups before representing his native County with distinction, certainly enjoyed being back on home turf.

“It was great for me to go back to Devon and see some familiar faces and to really try and help these kids make the next step in their careers,” he said. “I love going back to Devon, so it’s a perfect arrangement.

“Devon did so much for me from the age of nine and I still occasionally play for their senior team. I’ve got a lot of ties there and a lot of fond memories. I’ve got a lot to thank Devon for when it comes to the large part of the journey that I’ve been on as a cricketer so far. If I can help just one kid make that step up then that would be great.”

Ben, who signed his first professional contract back in 2016, believes that it’s vital for the Club to be building on the excellent relationships that Somerset has with our neighbouring counties.

“Somerset has a great catchment area and there’s a huge Somerset following right across the region as a whole,” he said. “If you look at the current squad there’s a lot of players from Devon and one from Cornwall. It’s really important that we are building on our already strong partnerships with the neighbouring counties. The stronger that bond is, the more players we will hopefully see playing for Somerset.”

Devon Cricket Development Manager, Matt Theedom said: “We all know that Ben is a very talented player, but he is also developing into a very articulate and knowledgeable coach.  It was brilliant for our young players to work with him and learn from his experiences.

“Ben has been undertaking his ECB Certificate in Coaching Young People & Adults with the Devon Cricket Board this winter and is working with our Development XI and Under 18 performance squads.

“It’s very heart-warming to see someone that has come through our player pathway becoming such a good role model.”

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