James Delighted with Maiden Ton

By Richard Walsh

James Rew was back in Taunton on Friday morning after scoring his maiden century for Somerset in only his third County Championship match.

The 18 year left handed wicket-keeper/batter, who left King’s College after completing his A levels last month, signed a contract with Somerset after impressing in last summer’s Royal London Cup.

On his County Championship debut earlier this month Rew scored 70 against Lancashire at Southport.

However this week at Chelmsford in a crucial match against Essex he made an unbeaten 101 after a stay of almost five hours at the crease, during which he shared a fourth wicket partnership of 164 with Tom Banton who made 126, to ensure that Somerset drew the match and gained 12 valuable points in their bid to retain their first division status. Rew has become Somerset’s third youngest First-Class centurion, behind only Marcus Trescothick in 1994 and Trevor Jones in 1938.

Talking to local journalist Richard Walsh on Friday morning Rew said: “I still need to get my head around it because it has all happened pretty quickly but it feels really special to have scored a championship century for Somerset. Its pretty special for me and I think my parents are proud as well.

“When I first went out to bat on the third evening I was just trying to bat and face a few balls like had before. I got stuck in and managed to stay there and be not out overnight, which was a nice feeling.

“Tom Banton then came in as a concussion replacement for Lewis Goldsworthy the next day which was so good as I had watched him as I was growing up at King’s, and batting with him was unbelievable. It was pretty special batting with him and it was special as well to have two King’s College boys out in the middle together.

“Bants likes to score his runs pretty quickly which was good for me because it helped to take the pressure off me and I tried to give him the strike as well, which gave me confidence.”

What comes next for the Taunton St Andrews youngster: “I am now looking forward to travelling to play in the List A match against Cornwall on Sunday and then against Devon on Tuesday. I am looking forward to starting this years Royal London competition on Thursday against Notts at the Cooper Associates County Ground.”

He added: “I haven’t played any 50 over cricket for a while so I am really looking forward to it.”

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