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First professional contract for Will Smeed

Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to announce that Academy batsman, Will Smeed has signed his first professional contract.

The two-year agreement will see him join the Somerset playing staff for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

The 18-year-old has been a prolific run scorer in both school and Age Group cricket since his involvement within the Somerset Pathway. He made his debut for the Somerset Under 10s in 2010 as an eight-year-old and worked his way through the Somerset Age Group sides before joining the Somerset Academy in 2016.

Will made his Second XI debut for Somerset against Middlesex at Taunton Vale at the age of just 15 in 2017. The following year he scored his maiden Second XI hundred in the game against Sussex when he posted 116.

He made his England U19 T20 and ODI debuts in 2019 against Bangladesh at Cox’s Bazaar. Unfortunately, his season was curtailed by a shoulder injury, but his potential was there for all to see as he made scores of 243 against Gloucestershire U18s and 185* against Warwickshire U19s.

Will first represented Glastonbury CC when playing for their under 8s and worked his way through to their First XI before joining Bridgwater CC in 2018. He made an immediate impact for his new side by making 106*.

Will has recently graduated from Kings College, Taunton, where he was also awarded the Provost’s Prize for academia.

Somerset CCC Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry is delighted to have secured the services of one of the region’s most promising talents. “We are absolutely delighted that Will has joined the professional staff,” he said. “We believe that this will be the start of a very successful career with the Club for him.

“We have been aware of his potential for many years, as his journey through the Somerset Age Group System has developed. He has impressed our coaches throughout his time in the system.

“Over recent seasons he has demonstrated his high potential with a number of outstanding performances for the Second XI, and there is no doubt that he is a very exciting top order prospect. We look forward to his career prospering with the Club.”

Somerset Academy Director, Steve Snell said: “Will has displayed the key characteristics of someone who has the ambition to get to the very top of the game. He has some obvious strengths in his batting and many bowlers in the South West will have seen the brute power and high levels of concentration which have enabled his impressive run-scoring in youth cricket to date.

“His understanding of the game is rapidly evolving, and it is no coincidence that he continues to improve. Will has endured injury setbacks which have meant that he has had to be extremely resilient, determined and patient to overcome these bumps in the road, His thirst for run-scoring has remained constant, and I have every confidence that Will can transition his prolific run scoring into professional cricket.”

After signing his contract, Will said: “This is a very exciting time for me. I’ve been working hard for this for such a long time and it’s the first step on the road to achieving my goals within the game.

“It’s my home Club and it’s an absolute privilege to be able to say that I’m going to be a pro at Somerset. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no better team to play for.

“It’s every players dream to make their debut, so hopefully I can put in some good performances for the Twos, score as many runs as I can, stake my claim and take it from there.”

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