INSIDE EDGE: Writing Competition Winning Entries

Somerset County Cricket Club can now reveal the winning articles written by junior supporters in the recent Inside Edge competition!

We received over 70 entries and the standard throughout was very high. After careful consideration, the Club would like to congratulate Freddie, Jack and Oliver for their winning articles. All three can be found below.

Category: 11+
Winner: Jack
Player: Tom Banton

The player that I have chosen is Tom Banton , he is by far my favourite play one because he is an all round amazing batsmen and wicket keeper . He has been my favourite player since I met him back in the 2016/17 season for my first game ever at Somerset CCC , we got a photo and he made a comment about my pink hair that I got especially done for the match .

1. Tom Banton was born on the 11th of November in 1998 .
2. His ODI debut was on the 4th of February 2020 vs South Africa .
3. He plays for Brisbane Heat and Peshawar Zalmi in the Australian and Pakistan .
4. In the specsavers county championship division 1 his runs scored are 533 which is amazing .
5. He signed his first two year contract with Somerset at the end of the 2017 season .

In the Specsavers 2019 championship he played 10 games battled 18 innings , scored 533 runs , his batting average was 29.61 , he scored 5 fifties , his highest amount of runs in the competition we 79 , He faced 903 balls which is 150 overs and 5 balls , he scored 73 fours 6 sixes and had a strike rate of 59.03.

His farther were The south African- born English cricketer Colin Banton , he was a member of the academy at Warwickshire count cricket club before moving down to Taunton and transferring to kings college to study his BTEC. He made his twenty20 debut for Somerset in the 2017 NatWest t20 blast on the 16th of July. He was drafted by the PSL ( Pakistan Super league ) franchise team Peshawar Zalmi as their diamond pick at the 2020 PSL draft , later in the same month, in the 2020 IPL auction, he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the 2020 Indian Premier League but has been cut short due to the Covid-19 virus that’s spread across the world .

In December 2017 he was named in England’s squad for the 2018 ICC under-19 cricket world cup , in September 2019 he was named in England’s twenty20 squad for there series against New Zealand .

He has been my cricket idol for a while now and I aspire to be like him when I am older traveling around the world and playing for some of the biggest and best clubs like Somerset and Brisbane , hope I can get this opportunity to meet my cricketing idol , PS: Somerset you’re the best cricket club in the world , you don’t see other teams giving opportunities like this.

Category: 7-10
Winner: Freddie
Player: Tom Abell

My favourite Somerset player is Tom Abell. His full name is Thomas Benjamin Abell. He was born 5 March 1994 in Taunton. He went to the local private school called Taunton School. He made his debut for Taunton school 1st xl side aged just 14. He became the youngest cricketer at that school to reach 1000 runs. When he did this he was only 16! He also played hockey, rugby ,rugby sevens and indoor hockey as well as cricket. He went to university and he studied sports science and French at Exeter University.

He is a right handed batsman and medium pace bowler. He also bowls with his right arm. He is the Somerset captain.

He is my favourite because he participates in everything and when he scores he doesn’t care for his runs it is for the team and believes in him self and never gives up. He has shown me amazing stuff and shots . He has also shown me courage and made me believe in myself, that’s why on my Somerset shirt it says Abell 28 because he is the best!

We think he has learned to be so kind and nice to people from his Dad who spent time with my 2 year old brother and tried to teach him how to play when we bumped into him at the Somerset vs Kent Spitfires last year at Taunton on Good Friday.

I also appreciate the other players the same but I could only pick one player. I would love to win but loads of people have entered. Every competition I have entered I have never won which is disappointing but I always understand. I love cricket and would love the opportunity to meet my hero. Love from your very big supporter Freddie.

Category: 4-6
Winner: Oliver
Player: Jack Leach

My favourite player is Jack Leach. He was born in Taunton on 22nd June 1991. He is a left arm leg spin orthodox bowler.

He made his debut for Somerset against Lancashire in August 2012, in a county championship match. He made the England test squad in 2018. He made 92 runs in the opening day of 2019 England v. Ireland test match, after being sent out as a night watchman. (A bowler that goes out at the end of the day and tries to block balls and not get out until the next day) On 25th August 2019, Leach scored 1 run in a partnership of 76 with Ben Stokes to help England win the third ashes test at Headingly by 1 wicket. Jack isn’t really a batsman he is a bowler. His best bowling figures are 8/85 for Somerset and 5/83 for England. When I came to see Somerset v. Sussex on All Stars day last year, I bumped into Jack whilst I was leaving and was lucky enough to have a photo with him.

I want to be a cricket player when I grow up and play for Somerset and England just like Jack. I would be very proud to win and get to meet him.

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