Somerset players support Clowance Trust dinner

The next generation of Somerset players assembled in the County Room of the Colin Atkinson Pavilion on Friday evening when more than 200 young cricketers, their parents and guests attended the 2018 Clowance Trust Dinner.

Jamie Overton, George Bartlett, Eddie Byrom, Tim Rouse, Paul van Meekeren and Ollie Sale were all on hand to celebrate the successes of Somerset’s young players.

Somerset CCC Vice Chairman Richard Brice welcomed everybody to the event and reminded everyone that the Club has had three players involved in recent England squads and that there was a good chance that someone among those present could one day join that list.

Piers McBride, Treasurer of the Clowance Trust talked about the importance of the Trust, which was set up in 2010 with the sole aim of augmenting and supporting age group cricket in Somerset. Since its creation the Trust has raised £120k towards the cause.

Recently appointed Performance Head Coach, Matt Drakeley talked to those present about the opportunities that are available to them from the Somerset Cricket Board.

Tim Rouse, who progressed through the age group system to the first team, then spoke about his journey along the Somerset Pathway.

Tim then presented Batting Awards to Somerset age group players who scored a century last season. These were Ged Williams who made 109 not out against California, JT Langridge who hit 128 in the same match and Jamie Baird who made 117 against Cornwall.

Dutch International, Paul van Meekeren then presented Bowling Awards to the age group players who achieved a five wicket haul in 2017. Joel Savage took five for 23 against Dorset, James Hawksworth claimed seven for 24 against Berkshire, Alfie Ogborne took six for six against Dorest, Will Chesterman claimed five for 22 against Gloucestershire and Tom Walsh took five for 27 against Hampshire.

George Bartlett, another player who has progressed through the Somerset Pathway, then presented caps to the following players:

Under 11s- AJ McKay, Joe Henwood, John Kumar, Kian Roberts, Ludo Corbett, Thomas Ford and William Alexander.

Under 12s- John Bean and Ryan Hearse

Under 13s- Henry Allen and Leo Matthews

Under 14s- Aman Rao, Sam Toohey and Shay Sainsbury

Under 15- Jacob Hockey and Josh Kelly

Under 17- Bobby Wincer, Ethan Badcock, Lewis Goldsworthy and Ned Leonard.

Somerset Cricket Board Cricket Development Manager, Andy Fairbairn concluded the evening by telling all of the young players to make sure that they enjoyed their cricket and also thanked the parents for their support and commitment.

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