George’s Impressive Debut

Despite Somerset being defeated by Leicestershire in the Royal London Cup on Tuesday, it was certainly a day that will live long in the memory of one young man.

17-year-old George Thomas made his List A debut for Somerset and caught the eye with a superb 75. He also shared a sixth-wicket stand of 182 with George Bartlett.

We caught up with him after the game, to discuss his first competitive match for the Club. We started by asking how he found out that he would be playing.

“I found out on Sunday night that I would be in the squad,” he explained. “It was a bit of a shock to get that call and I was really grateful for the opportunity.”

How did it feel to walk out on to the pitch for the first time?

“My mum and dad were here watching the game along with a few of my mates, so walking on to the pitch was a very proud moment. I was really nervous for the first twenty or so balls I faced, but George Bartlett really helped me get rid of those nerves. Him scoring at the other end helped to take the pressure off me and that made it easier for me to get away.

“I was facing some balls that I’ve never faced in my life before, which was a really good challenge.”

What was it like to receive a standing ovation from a packed Cooper Associates County Ground?

“It’s definitely the biggest round of applause I’ve ever received by a mile,” he joked. “I was really happy when I got to 50, but I knew that I had to stay there for a few more overs to help give us the best chance.”

What does the future hold?

“The dream is to play for Somerset. Hopefully I can get a few more opportunities like this and then take them the best that I can. Fingers crossed that I get the call up again soon.”

Somerset’s Royal London Cup Head Coach, Paul Tweddle was impressed by what he saw.

“Seeing George play like that on debut was unbelievable,” he said. “I’ve known George for a number of years, and he’s always been a talented player. To see him play the way that he did in front of a packed house was great.

“We saw a glimpse of what he can do against Cornwall, but his performance against Leicestershire at such a critical point in the game was something special. He is a young man with a bright future ahead of him.”

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