Three more debuts for Second XI

Home grown players have been very much to the fore in the Somerset Second XI line ups in recent matches, and after recently fielding a complete team of players who have all come through the Academy, a further three made their debuts earlier this week.

Charlie Sharland, Sonny Baker and Max Toohey all played for Somerset in the Second XI Championship match against Kent at Taunton Vale.

Somerset Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis talked about each of the three youngsters when we spoke to him earlier today.

“Charlie Sharland is 15-years-old and is on the EPP. He’s been opening the batting for the Under 17s, where he’s put some good scores together, so he got the chance to come in and get some experience.

“Max Toohey, who is a 17-year-old left-arm spinner and is currently on the PSPP plus on the Richard Huish Programme.

“Sonny Baker is a 16-year-old seamer who plays his age group cricket for Devon and is part of the PSPP.”

Regarding the match, Greg said: “Kent were without a first team fixture so they brought some players with them who were looking for some practice, so they were a strong and experienced side.

“It’s a big step up for the young players but they all acquitted themselves well and showed what they are capable of. We’re fortunate at the moment that we’ve got quite a lot of young players vying not only for places on the Academy, but a number of them are performing well and putting their names up to warrant an opportunity to play for the Second XI.

“This was highlighted by last week’s Second XI Trophy semi-final against Durham when our side was made up entirely of players who have come through our Academy system. The oldest was 23, and they acquitted themselves fantastically well on that occasion.”

“Second XI cricket has to be a vehicle to help develop players who will hopefully go on and play First Class cricket for Somerset for many years to come, so gaining early exposure to the standards required will only aid this process.

“We have got a really nice balance at the moment with some senior players trying to force their way back into the First XI, so to have somebody like Marcus Trescothick captaining these guys is great.”

Greg added:  “The experience of playing alongside and learning off somebody like Marcus is going to bode well for them and the Club in the future.”

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