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Meet the Academy Intake: James Rew

Over the last few days we have been introducing you to the new players on the Somerset Academy.

Today it’s the turn of James Rew.

Batsman and wicket-keeper James, who is 15 and plays his club cricket for Taunton St Andrews, will be joining the Academy after spending time on the Emerging Player Programme.

James, who will be 16 in January, said: “It feels very special and I’m very happy to be joining the Somerset Academy after playing through the Age Groups.

“I started off playing for Somerset Under 10s and then I became part of the EPP, so I feel very pleased indeed to be invited to join the Academy now.”

How does James, who attends King’s College, see himself as a player?

“I’m a wicket-keeping left-handed batsman who likes to open. I like to be involved with the game the whole time and don’t have a preference, because they are different skills.”

Reflecting on the summer he said: “I have had a pretty good season. I got selected for the South and West team at Bunbury. Then after that I got into the Best of Bunbury team at Loughborough. I also played for Somerset in both the Under 15 and Under 17 teams and played First XI cricket for Taunton St Andrews in WEPL Premier.”

How did James find the transition between youth cricket and playing men’s senior cricket in a WEPL First XI?

“Luckily, I played for Saints Seconds the year before, so I didn’t find it too difficult. Senior players like James Regan helped me a lot and so did Eddie Byrom. They really helped me when I started to play in the senior side.”

Where would James like to see himself in five years time?

“Hopefully on the professional staff here at Taunton and playing for Somerset!”

Somerset Academy Director, Steve Snell said: “James is a batsman and wicket-keeper who has a very high skill level and is another who has transitioned from our EPP. He has evidenced at his own age group and at Under 17 level that his temperament and skill levels are extremely high and have the capacity to grow and improve.

“I look forward to seeing James develop further over the coming year.”

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