Success for Eddie in Australia

Eddie Byrom is spending the winter playing for Fremantle in Australia.

The 22-year-old has been enjoying his time Down Under and has also tasted success after helping Fremantle to the Premier T20 title.

Eddie starred in last month’s semi-final, making 80 from 62 balls and hitting the winning runs in the super over to take Fremantle through to the final against University.

Batting at three in the final, Eddie helped his side to five wicket win with five balls to spare at the WACA. Fremantle will now represent Western Australia at the National Premier T20 Championships.

We spoke to Eddie this morning to discuss his time on the other side of the world.

“I’ve been really welcomed in to the team since I arrived in October,” he said. “Tom Abell has spent a few winters out here previously and he told me a lot of good things about the club and I can’t speak highly enough of how good this experience has been for me.”

Eddie has been in good form this winter and he is happy with where his game is currently.

“It’s been nice to get some big scores and to contribute to the team winning games,” he said. “When I’ve managed to get myself in I’ve managed to go pretty big and play some pretty important knocks. That’s exactly what you want to be doing as an overseas player.”

Eddie made his T20 debut for Somerset against Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground in last year’s Vitality Blast. He made an immediate impact by making 54 from just 19 balls in what is a format that he clearly enjoys.

“I made my four-day debut for Somerset back in 2017 and therefore people seemed to see me as a four-day player,” he explained. “Hopefully people see me a bit differently now. I’ve always wanted to be able to be as diverse and as valuable as I can be to Somerset as a cricketer. I’ve always trained hard in all formats and I’m always looking to do well in whatever format I play.”

Regarding Fremantle’s T20 success Eddie said: “We had a good run to the final. We played well in the final and just managed to get over the line. It was an unbelievable feeling to win the game and to play at the WACA was great as well. The whole club were there to support us and it really was a fantastic evening.”

Despite being in Australia, Eddie has been in constant contact with the Somerset coaching staff as he explained. “We’re in regular contact,” he said. “Whenever I have any questions or issues, I know that they are only a message or a phone call away. That makes being away a lot easier.”

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