More runs for George Down-Under
It was another good weekend for Somerset’s George Bartlett.
The 19 year old batsman has been spending the winter in Australia playing Grade Cricket for University as part of the ECB Pathway Oversea Placement scheme.
This weekend George made 110 for his side in their total of 337 against Mount Lawley and he is pleased by his current form.
“Things are going well for me and the boys at the moment,” he said. “The team is about sixth in the league so hopefully we can make the finals by the end of the season. It was great to be able to put the team in a good position and to help us post a good score. Hopefully we can defend that next week. Personally, I was really happy with that score. I’ve had a few 80’s and a few scores over 50 so I was really happy to go that bit further this week.
George is currently averaging 51.8 for his side and believes his success is down to making a solid start. “I’ve been happy with how I’ve hit them over here,” he said. “I think that starting off well was pretty important and I’ve just tried to carry that momentum through the rest of the season. I’m pleased that I’ve managed to be pretty consistent over the course of the last few weeks and to finish it off with a big score was great.”
How has he coped with the weekend format of matches Down-Under? “It’s a bit different over here,” he said. “They play over the course of two weeks as you know, so if you don’t make the most of batting one week you could be waiting for another two weeks before you get the chance to have a hit in the middle again which is a bit strange. It’s something that you get used to though. In the meantime you can do a lot of training and I’ve been working with Stewart Walters through the ECB alongside Max Holden from Middlesex and that’s been really helpful during the week.
“Being away from home has been good for me I think. It’s been a great experience and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’d definitely do it again!”
George has been speaking with Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry and Head Coach, Jason Kerr on a regular basis as he explained: “I’ve been in regular contact with Jason and Andy. They’ve both sent me texts and called me to see how I’m getting on, which is nice. I’ve also been in touch with Joel Tratt (SCCC Head of Strength & Conditioning) about fitness work and what I should be doing over here. It’s been great to be able to have that amount of communication.”
How has George coped being and Englishman in Australia during and Ashes series loss? “It was good to be over here when the Ashes was on and I was fortunate enough to be able to go to the Perth Test. It was a great spectacle but obviously the result didn’t go our way and I got plenty of stick about it!”
Finally, what is George hoping to achieve in 2018? “I’m really going to strive to get in to the First Team on a regular basis,” he said. “It’s going to be important to start well in pre-season and hopefully I can continue the momentum that I’ve built up over here through to the start of the warm up matches. Then It’s just a case of working as hard as I can to make sure that I can keep that place in the side.”
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