Eddie delighted with his first 50

Opener Eddie Byrom was over the moon to have scored his maiden First Class half century as Somerset beat Middlesex in the final match of the season recently.

“I had made a couple of contributions but to get my maiden 50 in a crucial game was really good,” Eddie said when we spoke to him this week. “It was important that we put pressure on Middlesex in the first innings by putting a respectable score on the board, which we did. To get my first 50 was a relief as much as anything else and to be out there with Marcus when I got to it was even more special.”

Reflecting on his first full season with Somerset the 20 year old said: “I started off in the Seconds. With Dean Elgar opening the batting it was always going to be tough for me to get a first team spot. However, him not coming back at a certain stage opened up an opportunity for me.

“I tried to do as well as I could in the Second XI and score as many runs as possible so that if a chance came along I would be banging on the door. Then my chance did come and I’ve had a successful back end to the campaign, which has been really thrilling.

“I read somewhere that I’d had seven innings between 38 and 43 before I got my 50 which was frustrating, but to make contributions regularly was good, especially as some were in a winning cause.”

How does Eddie manage to stay so calm when he is out in the middle batting? “A lot of people come into cricket and panic a bit,” he said. “So I think it’s very important to stay true to who you are and if you can do that, then you get the best out of yourself. I’m a calm sort of person and go about things in my own sort of way and that’s how I am.”

Looking forward to 2018 in the top division of the Specsavers County Championship Eddie said: “It’s great for us and for the fans. We’ve got some guys knocking on the door for England like Jack Leach, Dom Bess and Jamie Overton and now Craig has got his chance, so it’s all very exiting. It’s great for the team but also to be in the top division helps those players.”

Has he benefited from batting alongside someone with Marcus Trescothick’s experience? “I have really enjoyed batting with Marcus,” he said. “He is a very calming presence to be out in the middle with. He helps me along the way with all of his experience and knowledge and gives me all his tips and tricks, which is great.”

“Chris Rogers and Matt Maynard have also both been a great help to me in my batting and I have really learned a lot by playing the seven games in the First Team .”

What does this winter hold for Eddie? “At the moment I am hoping to go back to Zimbabwe and play First Class cricket,” he said. “If not then possibly I will go to Cape Town or Australia to play club cricket there. Before that I’m going to have a few days to relax then I’ll get my winter gym programme sorted before hopefully heading off to Zimbabwe in mid October.”

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