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Young players arrive in India

A group of young cricketers from Somerset are currently in Mumbai to attend a training camp that will predominantly focus on batting against spin bowling.

SCCC Academy Director, Steve Snell is leading the group and is joined by Somerset Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis.

Steve outlined the details of the trip when we spoke to him earlier today. “This is the third year that we’ve undertaken this trip,” he said. “We’re all really excited about being back in India.

“This year we’ve got an eclectic group of players with us. We’ve got four Academy players plus Ollie Meadows from the Emerging Player Programme and Max Hancock, who is on the Potential Somerset Player Programme.

“In addition to them Eddie Byrom will be following in the footsteps of Tom Abell and Ben Green who also made this trip in previous years. We will certainly be expecting Eddie to make an equally positive impact with our young players, which is really exciting.

“During the 10 days that we are in Mumbai we will also be having a couple of matches to enable the guys to explore and put into practice some of the things that they are doing out in the middle.

“The camp has been hugely effective for us in the past and we hope that this year will be the same again.

“We will be setting a number of challenges to the boys, like playing with no pads and thin bats and exploring constraints-based practice as well as refining certain shots. We have seen a real positive impact on those who have been to Mumbai in the past.”

The Academy players on the trip are Jamie Baird, Ned Leonard, Sam Young and Charlie Reed.

Steve talked about Ollie Meadows from the EPP making the trip.

“An unfortunate injury to Henry Smeed has allowed us to open up the trip to a couple of the others,” he said. “Henry is undergoing an extensive rehab process and he has been working his socks off already, though he has a long way to go. Ollie Meadows, who attends Clifton College, is on our Emerging Player Programme (EPP) and has shown some really strong character traits and resilience on his journey so far. We are delighted to be able to offer him this opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing his development.

“I have no doubt that this trip will be a superb experience for all of our young cricketers.”

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