Quite a year for Sonny

Sonny Baker, James Rew and George Thomas all performed well for the England U19s against the West Indies in the recent six-match ODI series.

This week, we have been catching up with the three young players to discuss their experience.

Today it’s the turn of Sonny Baker.

2021 saw Sonny make his Somerset debut, sign his first professional contract and feature for the England Under 19s against the West Indies.

How would he sum up this season?

“Quite a lot has come out of the blue this year,” said the 18-year-old. “I was expecting to be fourth choice seamer in the Royal London Cup and was hoping to maybe play a couple of games, but in the end it was an unbelievable experience. To share a dressing room with the likes of Jack Brooks, Josh Davey and Marchant de Lange was great. It was really good to talk to those guys about bowling and what I can do to become a better player.”

How did Sonny receive the call up to the England Under 19 squad for the West Indies series?

“I got the call from David Graveney whilst I was driving home from a training session,” he explained. “I was absolutely thrilled to bits! I remember sitting in the dressing room of that first match thinking ‘oh my gosh. We’re playing international cricket!’.

“It doesn’t get much better than wearing the Three Lions and taking on the West Indies. It was an unbelievable experience.”

Did it help to have James Rew and George Thomas in that England dressing room?

“Absolutely. Having done a bit of trials work last year, I knew a few of the other lads in the group. It was a really good bunch of lads, and to have James and George there too was great. To feature in so many games in the series was a real privilege and I’m pleased with how it went.”

What does 2022 hold for Sonny?

“I’m not the type of person who is particularly goal specific. Covid has meant that so many things are yet to be decided, so I won’t be setting too many long-term goals. I just want to be the best that I can be.

“To play more for Somerset next year would be absolutely brilliant. I’d love to make my Championship and T20 debuts if possible. That’s a bit ambitious given the team that we’ve got, but hopefully I can follow in the footsteps of the likes of Kasey Aldridge and Ned Leonard and achieve that next summer.”

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