Another year for Nathan

Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to announce that fast bowler Nathan Gilchrist has signed a new one-year contract extension.

The 19-year-old’s current deal was due to expire this winter, but he has impressed the coaching staff at the Club in his first year as a professional and earned himself an extension until at least the end of the 2020 season.

Nathan joined the playing staff last September shortly after graduating from the Somerset Academy.

Nathan, whose father is English, was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa. He first came to this country when he was involved in a cricket exchange between St Stithians School in Johannesburg and King’s College Taunton, where he studied for a BTEC.

After putting pen to paper on his new deal, Nathan said: “I’m over the moon. I feel like I’ve made some real progress over the last 12 months and I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to take that progress in to the next year.

“I’m trying to improve my game day by day and trying to make an impact in the Second XI. If I keep doing that then hopefully an opportunity will come around in the First XI. Now it’s all about working hard and sticking to the basics. I’ve got some attributes that work in my favour and help me with my bowling, so if I can make the most of those then hopefully I can progress quickly.

“The last 12 months have been really good. I put a lot of hard work in during the winter and that really stood me in good stead ahead of the season. Hopefully I can do the same again this winter, stay injury free and push for a place in the team.”

Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “Nathan has the potential to become an extremely effective strike bowler. He has the height, the pace and the controlled aggression that all quality fast bowlers need.

“Over the last 12 months we have worked on his strength and conditioning in order to ensure that he develops the physical attributes that he will also require to make it to the top.

“2020 could be an extremely exciting year for Nathan if he continues to develop at the rate that we have seen this year.”

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