Lewis, Kasey and Sam settling in well

Lewis Goldsworthy, Kasey Aldridge and Sam Young have just completed their first two weeks as professional cricketers.

Somerset’s three newest recruits all signed playing contracts with the Club after graduating from the Academy at the end of the summer and are now settling into life at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

We spoke to each of them on Friday to find out how their first fortnight had gone.

Sam Young, who is a top order batsman who hails from Falkland just south of Bath, said: “It’s been fun, but it’s been quite tough getting into the swing of professional cricket. The first week back we had all of the fitness testing, which I came through alright, so now I’m looking to the next few weeks before going away.

“I’m living at the Ground in the flats with Lewis and Kasey, which is going well. We’ve cleaned the place up and been enjoying it. We were all at Millfield together, so we know each other pretty well so it’s quite fun.”

Cornish allrounder Lewis said: “It’s been a bit strange to be honest, but also very enjoyable at the same time. I’ve experienced living away from home before when I was at Millfield, but it’s a little bit different living on your own with two others.

“The first week we had testing, which was tiring and hard work, but I enjoyed it as well. All of the lads have been very welcoming towards me, so it’s been a great couple of weeks all round.

“It’s four years ago that I started on the Potential Somerset Player Programme and then I progressed onto the Academy after a year, so I’ve come quite a long way. It’s scary to think how long ago it was that I started. When I got the call from Andy Hurry (SCCC Director of Cricket) to say that I was being offered a contract it was a great feeling and I was speechless!”

Fast bowler Kasey, who is also a useful middle/lower order batsman from Chew Valley, said: “It’s been quite a tough time, but really good and I’ve enjoyed it very much. All of the guys in the dressing room have made us feel really welcome.

“The testing we had to do is always tough, especially coming back after the summer but it went quite well for me.

“It’s quite surreal really to think that I’m now earning a living as a professional cricketer. Two years ago I got onto the PSPP and then last year I was on the Academy. Now I’ve come straight into it ,so it has been quite quick, but really enjoyable. The next stage of my journey has begun and I’m really looking forward to it.”

This weekend all three players are up in Loughborough attending an England Under 19 training camp before heading off to Antigua later this month where they are involved in a triangular series with West Indies and Sri Lanka.

The Somerset trio will then return home for Christmas and will hope to be selected for the Under 19 World Cup which will be held in South Africa early next year.

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