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Four players named in Young Lions squad

Four young Somerset cricketers have been named in the squad that has been announced by the Young Lions selectors.

Kasey Aldridge, Lewis Goldsworthy, Tom Lammonby and Will Smeed hve been included in the squad of 18 for the first half of the winter, which includes domestic training camps in the UK and a 20-day training camp in Bangalore, India.

The second half of the winter will see the England U19s travel to Bangladesh in the new year to take on the hosts in all three formats of the game, for which a squad of 15 will be named.

The squad in full is:

Kasey Aldridge (Somerset)

George Balderson (Lancashire)

Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire)

Jordan Cox (Kent)

Tom Davis (Kent)

Adam Finch (Worcestershire)

Lewis Goldsworthy (Somerset)

Jack Haynes (Worcestershire)

George Hill (Yorkshire)

Luke Hollman (Middlesex)

Nick Kimber (Nottinghamshire)

Tom Lammonby (Somerset)

Dominic Leech (Yorkshire)

Jack Morley (Lancashire)

Dan Mousley (Warwickshire)

Hamidullah Qadri (Derbyshire)

Will Smeed (Somerset)

Jamie Smith (Surrey)

Steve Snell, Director of the Somerset Academy, will be working with the Young Lions and is pleased that Somerset has a good representation in the group. “I’m absolutely delighted for the players and their families that they have achieved this international recognition,” he said. “They’ve all worked very hard for this, and not just over the course of this season but throughout their careers to date. All of the players have spent countless hours practicing with their respective coaches at SCCC and at their clubs and schools.

“Tom Lammonby has missed a fair bit of the summer through injury and had to miss the Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand, but when he has played he has made significant contributions and showed why he is such a promising young player. For him to get the chance to play for England Under 19s this winter is still part of his development and he will be looking to make a big impact on the trip.

“Lewis Goldsworthy is a left arm spinner and middle order batsman who has played superbly over the summer. He has made valuable contributions with both bat and ball in all of the games he has played. He looks a very exciting and athletic cricketer and keeps on improving. The hundred he got at the Super4s program was confirmation of his ability and his performances in Second XI cricket show he is a player of high potential.

“Kasey Aldridge is new onto the Academy this year but has had considerable success throughout this season. He is a tall fast bowler who gets the ball away from the right handers from an awkward height and generates some bounce as well.

“Will Smeed is a strong had hitting batsman and made a big impact in Second XI cricket when he played this year. The number of centuries and match winning innings he has played in a short career is quite frightening, especially when you think he will still be Under 17 next season.

“Sam Young has also been named as reserve for the tour which I am delighted about because he has improved continuously through the summer and put in some great performances.  He will be making a real case to go on the Bangladesh tour in February and there is certainly some scope for him to put some pressure on to do that.”

“All in all I am very excited for the players that they have put themselves in this situation. This is a great opportunity and playing international cricket abroad is a vehicle that we can’t provide them with in the Somerset Academy, so the fact that this is being provided by a national program is a huge development opportunity for our young players.

“Now its up to them to show that they are hungry enough and keen enough to keep on improving.”

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