Ben Wells joins the Somerset Academy
Ben Wells is a very happy young man after signing a contract to join the Somerset Academy this autumn.
The 17 year old opening batsman, who is also a wicket-keeper, hails from Bath where he plays his club cricket for the reigning WEPL champions and attends Monkton Combe School.
After signing Ben said: “I’m really excited and very pleased to be joining the Somerset Academy. It’s a great opportunity for me to spend a lot more time training and being able to focus on my game.”
Prior to joining the Academy the Bath based youngster has been involved with the Potential Somerset Player Programme about which he said: “That has really helped me, not only because of the amount of time it has made me concentrate on my game but also the time that it has given me to train alongside the Academy members. This has given me an idea of what the Academy is all about so when I join it won’t be completely new and I will know what I’m doing.”
How has Ben found it being around a club where people like Marcus Trescothick are involved?
“Seeing people like Marcus is really good,” he said. “It gives you somebody to look up to and aspire to, especially when you see the way that he trains and what he has achieved. Just watching him go about his routines makes you realize exactly what you have to do if you want to try to be like that.”
Ben has already had a taste of playing cricket at the Cooper Associates County Ground as he explained. “I played for Bath in the SCB Major Cup Final,” he said. “It was a great experience for me and I enjoyed it very much.”
Looking ahead to 2018 Ben said: “Hopefully I will get to play some games for Somerset Second XI and put in a few performances. Then we’ll see how it goes. My dream is to play for Somerset and then one day for England.”Back to News