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Lewis heading to Bangladesh

Lewis Goldsworthy is busy packing his bags ahead of setting off to Bangladesh with the England Young Lions.

This tour is the latest accolade for a player who was the first ever recruit onto the Potential Somerset Player Programme.

Lewis, who is 18-years-old and hails from Cornwall where he plays his club cricket for Troon, talked about his cricketing journey to date when we spoke to him earlier this week.

“I started off as a youngster on the Cornwall Emerging Player Programme,” he said. “I was working with Pete Bolland who helped me out a lot and was my Bunbury Coach. There were also people like Sean Hooper who helped me from a very young age.

“From there I was invited to join the Potential Somerset Player Programme, which I was absolutely delighted about. That gave me a pathway to look towards a goal of getting onto the Academy. From there on I have just progressed and now I’ve been chosen to go to Bangladesh with the England Under 19s, which is really exciting for me.”

How hard a journey has it been?

“There have been a lot of early starts and a lot of long drives for Mum and Dad from down in Cornwall,” he said. “I’ve got a lot to thank them for so it will be nice if I can pay them back at some time in the future. It’s has been hard work, but I’ve loved every minute of it so far.”

Talking about how his cricket is going, Lewis, who is a right-handed batsman and left-arm spinner said: “My game is going pretty well and my bowling is progressing a lot in terms of trying to spin the ball a lot more, particularly in red ball cricket.

“With my batting I’ve become a middle order rotator of the strike. I try to keep things ticking over, which I really enjoy because I like to be busy at the crease. Last summer was a really successful one with the bat for me, especially with the Under 17s and for Somerset Second XI. “

Looking ahead to the trip to Bangladesh the young Cornishman, who attends Millfield School, said: “I’m really excited about the trip because this will be my first competitive tour and I’ll hopefully get to play in the four-day Test Matches and one-day games in different conditions.

“I’ve never played in a four-day game before, so that will be a brand-new experience for me as well.”

Finally, what advice would Lewis give to any other young cricketer from Cornwall who wants to further their cricketing career and follow in his footsteps?

“Work as hard as possible,” he said. “There may be the odd day when you struggle to get up early and make the effort to come to Taunton, but if you keep persevering with it things will pay off. At Somerset the coaching is so good and you get treated so well that you have the best possible chance of going far.”

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