Sonny happy with his debut

Young paceman Sonny Baker grabbed his opportunity with both hands and caught the eye on the opening day of Somerset’s pre-season match against Worcestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground this week.

The 18-year-old, who hails from Torquay where he plays his club cricket, grew up playing through the Devon youth system, and first played for Somerset Second XI in 2019.

Last summer Baker played in the England Development Under 19 Programme North v South Matches and made his National Counties debut for Devon.

Baker has impressed the cricket bosses at Taunton from the time he first came onto their radar and last autumn he joined the Somerset Academy since when he has continued to develop.

The selectors faith in picking him to share the new ball with Josh Davey was justified when he claimed the wicket of opener Jake Libby leg before in the fourth over of the morning.

Baker bowled well throughout his spell. In the 12th over of the day he accounted for Brett D’Olivera, before returning later in the innings to claim Ben Cox lbw for 51 in the 35th over.

The Devon youngster ended with the standout figures of three for 22 from his 10 overs, six of which were maidens.

Baker was a very happy man at the end of his first big day for Somerset.

“It was just great to get the opportunity and I am really pleased with how everything went for me. Everyone has made me feel really welcome at the Club and I’ve been working hard in the nets. It’s all come to fruition very nicely for me.

“It’s come about pretty quickly if I’m honest as I only signed onto the Academy back in the autumn, so it has been really good.”

What was it like to open the bowling at the opposite end to Josh Davey?

“At the start of the game Josh gave me some really great advice, which was to try and bowl maidens because wickets will come. As much as it’s a cliché, it’s really important. What went well for us was that we built lots of pressure with some dot balls and then eventually wickets came quickly after that.

“However, it was a little bit nerve-wracking taking the new ball and I have to admit to being properly nervous, but I settled down quickly.

How did that first wicket feel?

“To get your first wicket for Somerset is something that you dream about, so to grab it quite so quickly was a really settling thing and felt brilliant.”

So what lies ahead for Baker once this game is over?

“At the moment I’m on my Easter Holidays from King’s College and I have brought some maths papers with me to try to do, but I’m not too sure how many I will get done.”

Article by Richard Walsh

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