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George reflects on match changing innings

No wonder George Bartlett was feeling happy with the world on Monday afternoon.

Earlier in the day he had played the most important innings of his young life in front of his home crowd to help Somerset to a remarkable 74-run victory over Kent.

When the 21-year-old Somerset Academy Graduate went out to bat on Sunday evening, Somerset were not well placed and led by just 65 runs with only four wickets remaining.

However, by the time George was the last man out he had helped take that lead to 205, and shared in two key partnerships. Firstly, he added 67 for the eighth wicket with Craig Overton before sharing a stand of 62 for the last wicket with Somerset debutant Jack Brooks, who hit a bright and breezy 35 not out.

In all George was at the wicket for three minutes short of two and a half hours and scored 63 runs off 110 balls. His innings was the only half century of the match.

After the victory, George was clearly delighted. “It felt very special for me to be involved with the two partnerships and to score my first Championship half century at Taunton,” he said. “Going in to this game I knew that I wanted to perform at home, which I hadn’t done before, so it was very special. I wanted to contribute as much as I could to get that win.

“I know it’s still early in my career, but I’ve played a few games now. There’s no better feeling than being able to contribute when the side is under pressure, and when your team comes out on top it’s just awesome.”

What was George thinking when he walked out to bat on Monday morning?

“I just wanted to give us a chance. We had three wickets left, so I just wanted to bat normally and try to build a partnership, which was all we could do at that time. Luckily it came off and we did that.”

When he was batting with Jack Brooks did George think that he was changing the course of the game?

“We were taking it in small steps and we knew that the more runs we got, the trickier it would be for them batting last. We kept on saying to each other: ‘one more over, five more runs, small steps’. It worked for us.”

What lies ahead for George now?

“The main aim for me is to get picked for that next game. I just have to play as well as I can. There are a lot of people fighting for spots in the team so it’s about performing as consistently as I can.”

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