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Ben pleased to have made his mark

The first Bob Willis Trophy match of the season could have been very different for Ben Green.

Not included in the original starting XI, the 22-year-old Devonian was planning to spend the four days carrying out twelfth man duties. However, fate had a different plan for Ben and by the end of the game he had posted his maiden First Class 50 and played a vital role in Somerset’s comprehensive victory over Glamorgan.

After coming in to the game as a concussion replacement for George Bartlett, Ben took the opportunity with both hands as he explained. “I went through a rollercoaster of emotions during the game,” he said. “Naturally I was disappointed not to have been named in the starting XI, then to be involved because someone else gets hurt is never ideal because you never want to see your friend get hurt. Then I was grateful to get the opportunity and I’m glad that I was able to give myself a little bit of confidence that I belong at that level.

“When Hildy got out to the first ball of the third day, it meant that I was out there straight away, so I didn’t really have any time to think about anything. I just had to get out there in the thick of it. In many ways, I think that might have helped me a bit.

“To get that first 50 was massive for me and it’s given me more confidence. It’s nice to know that I was able to perform at this level. It was a special moment and there was almost a sense of relief that the landmark is out of the way now.

“I really enjoyed batting with Tommy and it was great to be able to play a part in the team getting a good win. Everyone is on top form at the moment and to beat Glamorgan like we did just goes to show the class that we have in the squad.

“Everyone contributed, young players took their chance, the attack is looking really potent and runs came from everyone. There’s a great feel around the place at the moment and I think there’s even more to come. This side will get even better throughout the year.”

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