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Tom Delighted with First Professional Contract

Tom Banton was a very happy young man after it was announced that he had been awarded a two year contract by Somerset.

The 18 year old batsman /wicket-keeper grew up in the midlands and played through the Warwickshire age groups. However he moved to join the sixth form at King’s College in Taunton two years ago, since when he has been involved with Somerset.

“Ever since I started playing cricket it has been a dream to become a full time professional and now it has happened and I am buzzing about it”  Tom said.

“I think that this is the biggest thing that has happened to me in my cricketing career so far. It really hasn’t quite kicked in yet but I can’t wait to report back for the winter and get going on the training programme.”

Tom has always been involved with the cricket world because his Dad (Colin) played for Nottinghamshire in 1995.

“My Dad got me involved with a lot of sports and then I joined my local cricket club at Sutton Coldfield and went to the nets with him and my brother.”

Tom then played age group cricket for Warwickshire and joined the Academy at Edgbaston when he was 13. He went on to play a number of Second XI games for Warwickshire when he was 15.

“Quite a few people have helped me along the way ,when I was younger including Douggie Brown at Warwickshire, Gary Steer and Paul Greetham. Moving down to join King’s and signing onto the Somerset Academy is the best thing that I have ever done for my cricket. I have had so many opportunities.”

“Phil Lewis and Rob Woodman at Kings have been an amazing help to me ever since I joined the school and I reckon that was the turning point in my cricket and can’t thank them enough. Steve Snell has been amazing and being around the professional staff has been really good and I couldn’t ask for any more.”

Tom came on as 12th man for Somerset in the NatWest T20 Blast match against Surrey at the Oval, during which he made a stunning catch. He made his full debut in the away T20 match against Middlesex during which he claimed a leg side stumping and his home debut a week later against the same opponents on July 23rd. Since then Tom has played for England Under 19s in the series against India which included a one day international at Taunton a few weeks ago.

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