Ben looks back on 2019

Ben Green was in philosophical mood this week.

The 22-year-old made his First Class debut for the County in 2018 and was looking to push for more First XI opportunities in 2019. Unfortunately, his progress was rather hindered by injury this season.

Despite his own personal frustration, Ben was delighted to see his teammates achieving success on the field as he explained when we spoke to him today.

“Obviously I’ve been delighted to see the success of the team this year,” he said. “But on a personal note I would have loved to have contributed a bit more. I had a few injuries this season which limited my bowling, but the nature of the injuries has really helped me to focus on my batting. I feel that side of my game developed a lot towards the end of the season and I’ve been working closely with Greg Kennis (Second XI & Batting Coach) on that. To be able to work closely with the Club’s Batting Coach when I’m with the Second Team is great and he’s been working with me since I was 15. We’ve got a good relationship and he knows my game well, so his input is really valuable to me.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this year with Jamie Thorpe (SCCC Head of Science & Medicine) and Joel Tratt (SCCC Head of Strength & Conditioning) but you feel like the whole coaching system that is in place is looking after you, right from the top down. There’s a real sense of family around the squad and the Club as a whole. Everyone has got the best interests of everyone else at heart and that’s really reassuring.”

Ben, who is from Exeter and progressed through the Devon age groups before representing his native County, signed his first professional contract with Somerset after graduating from the Club’s Academy in 2016.

The all-rounder has spent the last few off-season’s in Australia but this year he will be spending the festive period rather closer to home.

“I’m actually going to spend the winter in England this year,” he explained. “I’ve spent the last two winters in Perth but I feel like I need a bit of time off to refresh myself mentally and physically. I’d like to be out there sunning myself but I think that the best thing for me is to get 100% fit and refreshed in time for next year. I haven’t set myself any particular targets for next season yet, but obviously the main goal is to play First XI cricket on a regular basis.”

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