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Jason proud of Jack and Dom

In the early hours of Monday morning, England secured an impressive seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the opening Test in Galle.

Even more impressive is that 14 of the 20 Sri Lankan wickets to fall were taken by two bowlers who graduated from the Somerset Academy.

Jack Leach and Dom Bess both claimed five-wicket hauls and were the pick of the England attack.

One person in particular felt a huge sense of pride following this morning’s result. That man was Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr, who also worked with both players during their time in the Somerset Pathway.

“It was great to see,” he said. “Obviously it wasn’t that long ago that Dom was a Somerset player, and to see Jack performing so well after all the hard work he’s put in over the last 18 months was a very proud moment for a lot of people connected to the Club.

“Jack bowled beautifully, and it’s great to see that all the effort he’s been putting in behind the scenes has paid off. It’s even more impressive when you think that he’d only bowled about 40 competitive overs in the last 18 months. I’m sure there must have been some nerves going into the game, but he did really well and that will give him confidence going forwards.

“There’s a lot of people who are connected to the journey of both players who are delighted to see them both playing for England. To see how Jack celebrated when Dom got the first wicket was great to see. Ultimately, they are friends and they’ve shared a lot together over the last few years. Obviously, Dom isn’t currently representing Somerset, but he’ll always have a place in the hearts of a lot of people locally and we wish him well.”

Jason believes that this shows how effective the Somerset Pathway is.

“Seeing them and Jos playing for England shows everyone in the South West that there is a visible path into International cricket that is achievable. It shows that if you’re from places like Taunton or Sidmouth you can go on to represent your country. There’s a lot of good things happening across the whole region at the moment and a lot of people are contributing their piece of the jigsaw.

“We pride ourselves on producing players and we want to be producing international cricketers who have long international careers. A biproduct of that will be that they have long Somerset careers. This sort of thing demonstrates that, if you work hard enough, you can get to the pinnacle of your sport.

“Importantly at the moment I hope that seeing them perform so well is giving people a lot of joy.”

Jack successfully progressed through the Somerset Age Group Pathway before making his debut for the County against South Africa in 2012. Since that day, the left armer has gone on to take over 240 wickets for the Club,

Dom progressed through the Devon age group system and represented Devon with aplomb before graduating from the Somerset Academy in 2015. He went on to make his debut for the Club against Pakistan in 2016. Before leaving for Yorkshire, Dom played 26 First Class matches for Somerset, claiming 79 wickets and scoring 757 runs.

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