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Sonny Baker Joins the Somerset Academy

Sonny Baker joins the Academy

Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to announce that Sonny Baker has joined the Somerset Academy.

Seventeen-year-old Baker impressed in a number of matches in the latter part of the summer and his performances culminated in him being selected for the England Development Programme North v South Matches.

Sonny is a right-arm fast bowler who plays his club cricket at Torquay Cricket Club and progressed through the Devon Age groups. He went on to make his National Counties debut for Devon in 2020 and his Somerset 2nd Xl debut in 2019.

On signing his Academy contract, Sonny said: “Being signed on to the Somerset Academy has been something I’ve been targeting and working hard for over the last three years. It’s a privilege to be able to train with the Academy boys and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Somerset’s best up and coming players.”

Head of Talent Pathway, Steve Snell said: “Sonny has exhibited some outstanding attributes during the time that we have been aware of him. He possesses some highly exciting skills, such as bowling with pace and bounce, but crucially he has displayed the character traits of someone who is highly motivated to develop himself and to keep pushing himself to improve without prompting.

“Sonny has carved out this opportunity by working hard and smartly on his game for the past few years despite numerous knockbacks and it is a credit to him that he has continued to think about his game and positively impact his own growth. Sonny has asked tough questions of himself on the areas he needs to improve, and he has been proactive about working on them. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with the Devon Pathway and Kings School over the past three years and to watch how both parties have combined with Somerset Pathway Coach Andrew Griffiths to aid Sonny’s development. Everyone connected with Sonny has had such a positive influence on his enhancement as a cricketer and as a young man.”

Devon Cricket Pathway and Coaching Manager, Sandy Allen has overseen Sonny’s progress over the years. “It’s a huge credit to Sonny’s ability, work ethic and resilience that he has earned a place on the Somerset Academy,” he said. “I believe he will work as hard as any player on the programme and his commitment, dedication to training and discipline to date has been outstanding. We look forward to continually working with Somerset in his development.”

Baker has attended Kings College Taunton for the past four years and has also impressed in several school fixtures, demonstrating eye-catching pace. Baker will join the Academy squad with immediate effect and is part of the England Young Lions Development Camps taking place in the winter.

Rob Woodman, Director of Cricket at King’s College is equally proud of Sonny’s achievements. “It was a very proud moment for everyone connected with Sonny to hear of his selection on to the Somerset Academy. Sonny has worked extremely hard over a number of years and he has been extremely thoughtful and diligent with his practice. Sonny’s attitude has been highly proactive, and his thoughts and energy are clearly directed towards improving every aspect of himself.

“The cricket coaches and S&C team here at King’s have spent many hours supporting Sonny’s journey and they are likewise delighted he has achieved a place on this hugely successful academy. I’m delighted that our strong links with Somerset and Devon continue to help players fulfil their ambitions in the game. Sonny is one of the first pupils to benefit from our new Cricket Centre and we are so pleased that the huge number of extra hours he has put into his development have paid dividends.”

The Somerset Academy provides an opportunity for talented young cricketers from across the region to further develop their potential within an elite environment and aids development across a variety of disciplines, both on and off the field. Recent Academy graduates include Jack Leach, Tom Banton and Dom Bess, all of whom are now established international cricketers.

The Somerset Academy is supported by leading law firm Clarke Willmott LLP who are our Official Academy Partner.

Clarke Willmott LLP is a national firm of solicitors with seven offices across the country, including in Taunton and Bristol. They provide a full range of legal services for businesses and individuals, working closely with their clients to provide expert legal advice and tailored solutions on a broad range of potentially complex legal matters.

Also SCCC’s Preferred Legal Partner, Clarke Willmott LLP encourage SCCC Academy players to carry out work placements within their company in order to aid their personal growth and development.

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