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Ollie Proud to sign for Somerset

Somerset young fast bowler Ollie Sale has had good cause to celebrate recently after being awarded a First-Class Honours degree from Newcastle University and a two year contact by Somerset County Cricket Club.

“I am incredibly proud to have signed my first contract with Somerset and really can’t wait to get started as a full time professional,” the 21 year old, who is currently out of action with a back injury, said.

“To get a contract is the ambition of all young cricketers but the dream is then to go on further. My overall ambition is to play First Class and then hopefully go onto play international cricket further on in my career.

“There have been a couple of frustrating injuries along the way but it is a part of being a young fast bowler, and it has been a learning curve for me to deal with those both mentally and physically to look after my body both on and off the cricket field.”

Ollie began playing cricket when his family moved down to Devon and he started at Mount House Prep School in Tavistock.

“I was about eight when I fell in love with the game, and then when I was nine I started to get involved with the Devon age groups and played up through them.

“I then moved to Sherborne School when I was 13 where I had an amazing cricket coach Alan Willows who worked hard and inspired me and along with the Devon coaches he created the link that eventually saw me joining the Somerset Academy.

“When I was 16, I played in a game for Devon and bowled reasonably well and then got an email from Jason Kerr inviting me to come along to Taunton for a session, which I thought was a great opportunity.

“I then came along for a second session at the end of which Jason offered me a place on the Academy and I am so grateful to him for that.”

At the end of the Academy Ollie was signed on a Somerset Scholarship and went off to spend three years at Newcastle University.

“That was great for me, because it made me become self sufficient both in my cricket and my own life which was really valuable.”

Ollie made his Somerset debut in the NatWest T20 game against Hampshire in July 2016.

“I have had a taste of first team cricket and I really enjoyed it, despite the disappointing result so when my next opportunity arises I know what to expect and hopefully I can put in a big performance.”

He added: “Next season I hope to stay fit, push for a first team spot and challenge the boys who are doing well at the moment.”

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