Steve full of praise for Kasey and Lewis

Somerset Academy players, Kasey Aldridge and Lewis Goldsworthy have both been included the England U19s line up for the opening match of the tri-series against India U19 and Bangladesh U19 which gets underway today at Worcester.

Ahead of the match we spoke to Somerset Academy Director, Steve Snell to discuss what the two players will bring to the series.

“I’m really pleased for them both,” said Steve. “These youth international experiences are certainly of value and both of them are evidencing development in our environment, so this is a great opportunity for them to go and show what they can do.

“Kasey bowls with real pace and he has good attributes for a bowler. He’s tall, he can swing the ball in both directions, he can hit the deck really hard and he’s shown that he’s a handful for a number of the established batsmen that he’s bowled against this season for the Second XI.

“He generates pace from an uncomfortable height and that’s why we’re excited about him because we feel he can get good players out. He’s also an excellent fielder and has shown some promise and some real development as a batter as well. We think that he’s someone that Somerset fans will enjoy watching because he can contribute in all facets of the game.

“Lewis has come through the Cornish system and that has dovetailed nicely with him being on our Potential Somerset Player Programme before moving on to our Academy. He’s represented Somerset in Second XI cricket over the last couple of years and one of his standout performances recently was in the Trophy semi-final when he made 50 and shared in an outstanding partnership with Tom Lammonby. He really showcased what he’s all about that day.

“He’s a smart player who chooses good options under pressure and can play off both feet. He’s also an excellent player of spin bowling and can bowl slow left-arm. He’s getting more and more shape and revs on the ball every time I see him. He’s an excellent fielder and is one of those players who’s always in the game.

“The entry criteria for our elite young players is higher than it’s ever been. As well as Kasey and Lewis, there a several players who won’t have been too far off selection for this series. We’ve got some really good people involved in our system at the moment and that covers every level from schools and clubs through to minor counties as well. There are a lot of people from across the region who have contributed to the development of these young players.

“Praise has to go to the players themselves as well. They’ve shown real desire and ambition to grow. It’s also good to see the curiosity that they all have about their own game and how they can develop it.”

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