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James looks back on a big few weeks

James Rew, Sonny Baker and George Thomas all performed well for the England U19s against the West Indies in the recent six-match ODI series.

This week, we have been catching up with the three young players to discuss their experience.

Today is the turn of James Rew.

17-year-old James, who attends King’s College and plays his club cricket for Taunton St Andrews, is a product of the County age-group system and has spent the last two years with the Somerset Academy.

He made his debut for the County against Yorkshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground this summer, which was a big moment for youngster.

“Making my Somerset debut was like a dream come true,” he said. “I especially enjoyed being in front of the home crowd, that was really special. It was nerve-wracking but extremely exciting as well. Playing in front of a big crowd at Taunton meant a huge amount to me. To be a part of a Somerset team was really special.”

James also featured for the County Select XI in the tour match against India this summer.

“That was a really special game,” he explained. “I really enjoyed the opportunity to play against one of the best Test sides in the world. That’s not something that happens very often and I’m very thankful for the opportunity because it was a great experience.”

How did he get his call up for the England Under 19s?

“It was a special moment when I got the call from David Graveney. I was at home isolating at the time, and when the kit bag arrived, it was like Christmas. It was an amazing feeling to put on the kit with the England badge.”

How special was it to be able to share the experience with his Somerset team mates?

“To have those two (George and Sonny) with me made the experience much easier. I’ve been playing with them for almost all of my life. Having them there made it easier and it was very special for the three of us because we’ve grown up together.

“I’m pleased with how the series went and hopefully there will be more experiences like that to come in the future.”

What does James hope to achieve in 2022?

“I loved the experience of playing in the Royal London Cup, and the last few weeks with the Under 19s and Young Lions has been incredible. I’ve had some good opportunities this summer and it’s been extremely enjoyable.

“Ultimately, I want to sign a pro contract with Somerset. That’s my biggest aim, so I need to keep performing for the Second XI, and hopefully that will bring more opportunities in the First Team.”

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