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James Rew signs contract

Somerset County Cricket Club can today reveal that wicketkeeper/batter, James Rew has signed a contract until at least the end of the 2024 season.

The 18-year-old, who is in his final year at King’s College and plays his club cricket for Taunton St Andrews, has been a part of the Player Pathway since Under 10 level and joined the Somerset Academy from the Emerging Player Programme in 2019.

He made his Somerset First XI debut against Yorkshire in last season’s Royal London Cup and his impressive performances for Somerset Second XI saw him named in the County Select squad for a three-day match against India at Emirates Riverside.

His eye-catching form in 2021 saw him named in the England squad for the Under 19 World Cup, where he played a starring role as the Young Lions reached the final.

After signing his contract James, whose family moved to the West Country from London when he was four years old, said: “I’m very pleased to have been offered this contract and it’s a very special moment for me. This has been my dream ever since the Under 10s, and everything has happened very quickly.

“Making my debut last year was very special and it was an exciting winter for me. My goal now is to become a regular in the Somerset First Team.”

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry believes that this is a just reward for James’ hard work over the last few years. “This contract is a great reflection of his performances across various teams alongside the development and the approach that James has demonstrated.

“He’s an inspirational role model to other aspirational players across the South West, and this contract recognises everything that James has achieved alongside the potential that he has.

“It’s also appropriate to recognise the role that King’s College, Taunton and Taunton St Andrews CC have played in supporting James’ development over a number of years, alongside the role that the Somerset Pathway and England U19s programme have played.

“James is preparing for his A-level exams this summer and it’s important that we collaboratively work with King’s College in order to ensure that any cricket opportunities James may have in the future dovetail with all the school and academic commitments that he has.”

SCCC Head of Talent Pathway, Matt Drakeley said: “James has the potential to achieve a huge amount in his professional career at Somerset. He has shown the ability and temperament to bat anywhere in the top order and has recently come off the back of a fantastic Under 19 World Cup.

“He came into the Somerset Pathway as a very talented young cricketer and we’re proud of the development that he has made over the past nine years. I’m sure everyone at Taunton St Andrews CC and King’s College, Taunton will be proud of James, and they should take great pride in the impact that they’ve had on his journey so far.”

Phil Lewis, Director of Sport at King’s College, Taunton added: “We’re very pleased for James and we’re delighted that the relationship between King’s College and SCCC continues to be strong.

“James has worked incredibly hard and it’s nice to see that pay off. He’s a highly talented young man and he’s extremely level-headed. He has the perfect amalgamation of the credentials that you would want to see in a top player.

“The next few months will be incredibly important for James. His exams are coming up and he is a top A Level student, which is indicative of his character. Myself, Andy and Rob Woodman will be working together to make sure he gives his exams as much attention as is required, as well as allowing him time to play cricket as much as possible.”

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