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Sam Young signs for Somerset

Somerset County Cricket Club can today reveal that Sam Young has signed a two-year contract to join the playing staff at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The 18-year-old attacking top-order batsman, joined the Somerset Academy ahead of the 2017 season after progressing through the Somerset Emerging Player Programme and the Somerset Age Group Pathway.

Sam, who hails from Radstock, plays for Bath Cricket Club and was educated at Millfield School, first came to prominence at a national level when he impressed at the ECB Under 17 Super Fours at Loughborough in 2018. He was named as a reserve for the England Under 19 tour of Bangladesh that winter.

Sam made headlines earlier this year when he scored his maiden century for the Somerset Second XI in the match against MCC Young Cricketers at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry is pleased that another young star has committed their immediate future to the County.

“We are very fortunate to have had a number of incredibly exciting and talented players on the Academy over the last few years and Sam is another high-potential prospect whose development we have been monitoring closely,” he said. “Much like the other recent additions to the squad, everyone at the Club was extremely impressed with how Sam took the step from Academy cricket to Second XI cricket in his stride.

“His attention to detail is of the highest standard and we are really looking forward to observing him progress over the next two years.”

After putting pen to paper Sam said: “It’s amazing. I’ve been involved with Somerset since the Under 10s and cricket’s the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do. To now get that opportunity is just a dream come true. This is what I’ve wanted since I was eight years old. To sign that contract was absolutely massive for me.

“I’ve looked up to the players in that dressing room since I was young, so to be a part of that dressing room is going to be a bit weird. I can’t wait to be able to listen to their experience and advice and see how they go about things on a day to day basis.

“My goal is to get in to the First XI as soon as possible. To do that I know that I have to keep putting in performances for the Second XI, training as hard as I can and working with all the coaches at the Club.”

Millfield School Director of Cricket Coaching, Mark Garraway said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Sam over the last eight years. He has always been a fantastic ball striker who is wonderfully level-headed. He has had some speed bumps along the way and coped with each one in such a mature and admirable way.

“Sam has developed a number of leadership traits and all these skills will give Sam a good chance of success as he heads into his professional career with Somerset CCC.”

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