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Fin enjoys a day as our guest

Ten year old Finlay Bussey got rather more than he bargained for when he went along to the Cooper Associates County Ground with his grandad to watch Somerset’s Vitality Blast game against Middlesex.

Fin, who lives in Peterborough, has been to watch Somerset before but has never seen a T20 game. He arranged to come to stay with his grandparents in Milverton during a week when there were three Somerset Vitality Blast home games.

Unfortunately, during the Middlesex match Stevie Eskinazi lofted a delivery from Roelof van der Merwe high over long on into the sixth row of the Marcus Trescothick Stand where it hit an unsuspecting Fin on the head.

Immediately Pete Trego, who was fielding nearby, went up into the stand to check how Fin was. He was soon attended to by paramedics and taken back to their treatment room where he was joined by Marcus Trescothick. The pair then watched the rest of the match on Sky together.

Afterwards he was presented with the match ball duly signed by both Eskinazi and Van der Merwe along with Trego’s cap.

Thankfully, apart from an enormous egg-like bruise on his head, Fin was fine and returned to watch Somerset’s next home game against Hampshire. Ahead of the match he joined the captains out in the middle for the toss and was given the full VIP treatment. He also received a tour of the Cooper Associates County Ground from Somerset CEO, Andrew Cornish.

He also went to the Somerset County Sports shop where he was presented with a signed Jos Buttler mini bat and a gift voucher to spend- all of which the cricket mad youngster loved.

His mum, Sally Bussey said: “Fin is a real cricket enthusiast and really loves the game. He has recently joined a local club and played one game for them so far.”

Regarding the incident his Mum said: “Somerset have been absolutely fabulous with the way that they have followed the incident up and I can’t praise them enough.

“His bang on the head has gone into the background now and it’s all of the attention and special things that have happened that he has been talking about. They are very special memories and they will stay with him for a very long while.

“He is still at Milverton and we talk to him most days and I have been told that he only takes his special cap off when he goes to bed or has a bath!”

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