George, James and Josh make their mark in Young Lions matches

Somerset Academy players George Thomas, James Rew and Josh Thomas all took part in this weekend’s England Young Lions friendly matches.

The best young talent in the country congregated in Loughborough last week ahead of two 50-over friendlies between two Young Lions teams.



The first of the two games took place on Saturday, with Josh and James representing Young Lions A whilst George lined up for Young Lions B.

A hugely dramatic encounter saw Young Lions B win by just one wicket with only one ball to spare.

Young Lions A skipper, Tom Prest won the toss and elected to bat.

The Hampshire man opened the batting with Josh Thomas and the pair shared a stand of 56 before the Somerset youngster was dismissed for 27. Prest was then joined at the crease by Yorkshire’s William Luxton. The score had advanced to 120 when the captain fell for 54.

This brought Rew to the crease, and he and Luxton added a mammoth 201 for the third wicket. The Yorkshire man was eventually run out for 134.

Rew went on to make 90 from 88 balls as Young Lions A posted a total of 405 for six from their 50 overs.

Jacob Bethell was the star performer with the bat for Young Lion B. The Warwickshire batsman smashed his way to 185 from just 110 balls as his side made a strong start. However, a flurry of late wickets meant that the match would be decided in the final over.

Needing 16 to win, Rehan Ahmed and Fateh Singh saw their side to a dramatic victory with one ball to spare.



The second match took place on Sunday, and it was once again the Young Lions B who came out on top. This time by 12 runs.

Prest again won the toss, but this time he elected to bowl first.

George Thomas and Harry Crawshaw shared an opening stand of 73. The Somerset batsman was the one to go, trapped lbw by Prest for 42 from 33 balls. Crawshaw went on to make his half century, and late runs from Sam King (50) and James Sales (63 not out) saw Young Lions B reach 351 for nine from their allotted overs.

Josh Thomas and Rew opened the batting for Young Lions A and added 108 for the first wicket. Thomas was the man to go for 51 and Rew was dismissed shortly thereafter for 56.

George Bell (77) and Luxton (106) took their side to within touching distance of their target, but three wickets fell for just one run in the middle order and when Luxton was the last man out, Young Lions A were all out for 339 from 48.1 overs.

Following the matches, SCCC Head of Talent Pathway, Steve Snell said: “It was pleasing to see how George, James and Josh represented themselves at the weekend. It was a very high standard of cricket and all three made significant contributions to the game with the bat and did it in a manner which suggests that they can score runs and impact matches at a higher level.

“Naturally the boys will be pleased with how things have gone for them summer, but the focus will certainly be to try and improve and further their skills and awareness this winter.”

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