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Jason proud of the Club's young guns

2020 saw impressive breakthrough performances from some of Somerset’s young stars.

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr explains that their impressive displays came as no surprise to those associated with the Club.

“I’ve been immensely impressed by the younger players in the squad this year, but not surprised,” he said. “We have a proud tradition of producing quality players and we will keep challenging ourselves to continue to do that and ensure that we are producing higher quality and higher skilled players.

“One of the advantages of the truncated season and the situation that we find ourselves in is that it has provided opportunities for the younger players. As a Club we’ve learned a lot of positive things about individuals.”

TOM LAMMONBY

“The emergence of Tom Lammonby in all formats, and in particular red-ball cricket, is incredibly exciting. He’s starting to build a reputation for himself and there’s been a lot of talk about how he’s played the game from opposition coaches. That’s incredibly exciting for him and for us a Club because he’s still only 20 years old.

“Tom is proving himself to be a three dimensional, multi-format cricketer who will contribute to Somerset winning games for a number of years. He will only get better as well and that’s is very exciting indeed. It’s been a great year for him and what we’ll do now is look at what his winter looks like and see if there are areas which we need to improve. We all know that success isn’t plain sailing and there will be times when he’s challenged. We need to make sure that we minimise those, and I have no doubt that there’s a big future for him around the corner.”

WILL SMEED

“Will’s 82 against Gloucestershire in a close chase was impressive. It looked like he’d been playing at this level for a long time because it was a mature and destructive innings. He’s someone who’s shown us a glimpse of what Somerset fans can expect to see over the next few years.

“Will has been prolific in literally every form of cricket that he’s ever played since he was nine years old and he will find his feet in domestic cricket very quickly. To see the way that he played against Gloucestershire to get us so close was impressive to watch. That will give him huge confidence in the fact that he can handle himself at this level already against one of the white-ball sides in the country. As with any of our young players, we need to be patient, but the early signs are that he is going to be someone who could be contributing to Somerset for a long time to come.”

LEWIS GOLDSWORTHY

“We gave Lewis his debut against Glamorgan and it was no surprise to us the way in which he managed the partnership with Babar Azam. He dealt with the pressure extremely well, knowing that we had to post a competitive score. The maturity he showed in compiling that innings and that partnership was phenomenal.

“These performances haven’t come as a surprise to us because we know how good these guys are and we know that they have the character necessary to manage the pressure and the emotion, so it bodes well for the future.

“One of the things that we talk about a lot is having a very clear head under pressure and he demonstrated that superbly against Glamorgan. He made really good decisions with the bat and the ball and showed a maturity that’s beyond his years. We’ve seen that in him in training and we saw that in him at the Under 19 World Cup. He’s a very shrewd cricketer and he’s another one with an incredibly bright future ahead of him in all three formats with the bat, with the ball and in the field.”

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