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George discusses his first Somerset hundred

George Bartlett has now had time to reflect on scoring his maiden First Class century for Somerset in the drawn Specsavers County Championship match at Lancashire.

The 20-year-old top order batsman, who came through the Somerset Academy before joining the playing staff, made his Specsavers County Championship debut last season and is delighted to have reached his first hundred for the County.

“It’s something that you dream of doing,” he said. “When it becomes a reality it takes a little while to sink in, but I’m really pleased and very happy that we came away with a draw from the game. I’m chuffed to bits to have got my maiden First Class century for Somerset.

“By the time I went out to the middle we’d had a good start and Tres had hit a few boundaries so we had a good foundation.”

How much did George enjoy batting with Marcus Trescothick?

“I like batting with Tres,” said George. “He’s very experienced and is a very calming influence out in the middle. He’s a class player and it’s very pleasing to be able to be out there batting with him. He took the pressure off me.

“To start with I always feel a little bit nervous as I walk out, but once I’m out there and have hit a few balls I’m  ready to compete and raring to go.

“It was a bit of a relief to get to my first fifty for Somerset because I’ve had a few starts playing for the first team, so to go on and get past that landmark was very pleasing. Once I’d passed it, I just wanted to build from there and put the team in a stronger position.

“It was good for the team to get over the 400 mark with Tres and Tom also making big contributions. Probably, as a team, we would have liked a few more runs, but we were pretty happy with 430 on what was a good wicket, against a class attack.

“For me it was good to have the chance to face James Anderson because he is a world class bowler and a great challenge to myself, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

“Emirates Old Trafford is a Test Match venue and a lovely ground. A few years ago I went to play a Second XI game there but they’ve carried out quite a lot of improvements since then. It’s a lovely venue to play at and of course the weather helped because it was sunny throughout the four days.”

George talked about team mate Jack Leach’s innings of 66 which was the cornerstone of the Somerset second innings.

“Jack’s innings was very, very good, especially as he was under a lot of pressure,” said George. “Leachy works really hard on his batting and we all had the belief that he could go out there and do the job for us.”

Looking ahead George said: “I hope that I’ll be in the team for the Hampshire match on Friday and if I am I will take confidence from the Lancashire game and build on that. The team is full of confidence and hopefully we can get another win.”

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