From the Archive: Somerset players at the ICC U19 World Cup
Kasey Aldridge, Lewis Goldsworthy and Sam Young are currently in South Africa as part of the England squad who will be trying to win the ICC Under 19 World Cup.
With this in mind we decided to look back over the history of the tournament to see how many players have gone on to feature for Somerset after appearing in the competition.
The inaugural Under 19 World Cup took place in Australia in 1988 as part of the Australia Bicentenary celebrations and was appropriately won by the host nation who beat Pakistan in the final.
Somerset off spinner Harvey Trump was a member of the England squad that took part in that tournament. It was a side that was captained by Michael Atherton and also included Nasser Hussain and Mark Ramprakash.
Mushtaq Ahmed (Pakistan) and Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) both played in that year’s competition. Andy Caddick also played in that first ever Under 19 World Cup, but for his native New Zealand.
A further ten years elapsed before the next staging of the event, which was held in South Africa in 1998.
England won that competition, beating New Zealand in the final at Johannesburg. Jamie Grove was a member of the squad. In 2000 the fast bowler, who started his career with Essex, joined Somerset and was a member of the squad that lifted the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy in 2001. Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Johann Myburgh (South Africa) were also involved in that year’s tournament
Since then the Under 19 World Cup has taken place every two years.
Yasser Arafat (Pakistan), Johann Myburgh and Graeme Smith (South Africa) all played in the 2000 competition which was held in Sri Lanka, whilst two years later Nick Compton (England), Cameron White (Australia) and Azhar Ali (Pakistan) took part in New Zealand.
In 2004, when the competition was held in Bangladesh, England came fourth with a team that included James Hildreth, while others in that squad who have subsequently played for Somerset were Steve Davies, Mark Turner and David Stiff. Kevin O’Brien (Ireland), Vernon Philander and Roelof van der Merwe (both South Africa) also featured.
England also came fourth in 2006 when the competition was held in Sri Lanka and the team included Rob Woodman. Also playing for their respective countries were Tom Cooper, Matthew Wade (both Australia), Pyush Chawla (India), Dean Elgar, Richard Levi, Craig Kieswetter (all South Africa) and Kieron Pollard (West Indies).
Corey Anderson (New Zealand) appeared in the 2008 Under 19 World Cup when it was held in Malaysia.
Jos Buttler played for England in the 2010 competition in New Zealand while Calum Haggett was originally selected but didn’t take part. Others who have since played for Somerset that year are Michael Bates (England), George Dockrell (Ireland) and a 15-year-old Babar Azam (Pakistan).
Two years later, in 2012, the World Cup took place in Australia and both Craig and Jamie Overton were in the England squad and Babar Azam once again featured for Pakistan.
Somerset had no representatives in the 2014 World Cup when it was held in the UAE, but two years later in Bangladesh, George Bartlett and Ryan Davies were in the England squad.
The last time that the competition took place was in 2018 in New Zealand when Tom Banton, Tom Lammonby and Fin Trenouth were all in the England squad.
Now it’s the turn of Kasey, Lewis and Sam to see what they can do to help England lift the ICC Under 19 World Cup.
The first pool match that England play is against West Indies tomorrow (Monday).
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