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Ben Named Somerset Royal London Cup Captain

Somerset County Cricket Club can today reveal that Ben Green will captain the side in this year’s Royal London Cup campaign.

The 23-year-old joined the professional staff after graduating from the Somerset Academy in 2016 and made his debut for the County in a T20 match at Hampshire later that year. Since then, he has gone on to make 20 appearances for the Club across the three formats of the game.

The all rounder from Exeter, who progressed through the Devon age group system, has captained the Second XI on several occasions, and Somerset Royal London Cup Coach, Paul Tweddle believes that Ben has all the necessary attributes.

“Ben possesses a lot of the characteristics that are going to make him a successful captain,” he said. “He has proved that in the Second XI over a number of years. His cricket knowledge is exceptional, and he has the ability to stay calm under pressure. He has a wise head on his young shoulders.

“He is very methodical in everything that he does, and he has learned well from great role models like Tom Abell and Lewis Gregory. He will draw from their experiences whilst still being his own man. We all believe that he will make a very good captain.”

Somerset’s newest skipper is keen to get started.

“I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get going” he said. “It’s a great opportunity and I’m absolutely over the moon”.

“It’s a huge honour and I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. To be in the same position as some of the greats of the game who have captained Somerset is a tremendous privilege.

“I’m really looking forward to it and I’ll endeavour to lead by example and be a calming presence. We have some really experienced players who I can lean on if necessary and we’ve got a really competitive squad with a rich mixture of experience and very talented high-potential players who will be really hungry to impress and showcase their talent in front of the Somerset faithful. That gives us a good chance of defending the title.

“It’s a huge boost to know that the Club are showing this faith in me and it’s a real opportunity for me to develop. To be recognised as someone who could lead this Club is a huge honour.”

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