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Goldsworthy Working Closely With Leach in Successful Debut Season

At the start of 2020, Lewis Goldsworthy was looking forward to starting life as a professional cricketer.

It’s safe to say that things didn’t go quite as he imagined.

However, the 19-year-old from Cornwall certainly made an impact.

We caught up with him at the Cooper Associates County Ground this week and asked him about his first 12 months as a professional.

“It’s been a little strange given everything that’s happened in the world,” he said. “But it was great to be able to make my debut and get out there towards the end of the year.”

What was it like walking into the Somerset dressing room for the first time as a pro?

“It was a strange feeling to begin with and it didn’t feel quite real,” he explained. “Given the long wait, I just really wanted to get out there and get amongst the lads as soon as possible. When that finally happened, it was great. All the senior lads were brilliant with the younger boys coming in and we all felt really welcome.

“The main difference for me was the intensity of the training. You train a lot more than you do with the Academy. The boys go about their training really intensely. Tom Abell for example trains really hard every day and it was good to see how everyone goes about their business. There’s plenty for the younger lads to learn.

“I’ve been working quite closely with Jack Leach and he’s helped me with my bowling. To be able to train with these guys and see what they do on a daily basis is great.”

Lewis made his First XI debut for the Club in the Vitality Blast win at Glamorgan in September and made an immediate impression by scoring 38 off 29 balls and claiming two for 24. How did he find out that he was going to play that day?

“Just before the game we saw that the pitch was spinning a bit and Jason Kerr just pulled me to one side and told me that I was going to play. I didn’t really know how to react to be honest because it was a bit of a surprise.

“I just tried to do what I’ve been doing all my life really, and that’s go out there and enjoy the game. Thankfully, it came off for me. It was nice to be able to make my debut in my first season because I didn’t think that would happen given what was going on in the world with the virus. That was definitely the highlight of the summer for me. It was such a great feeling to make my debut because it’s something that I’ve always dreamt of.

“It was nice to be able to get a go in the First Team and show what I can do. There were a couple of examples last season which show that if you are putting in the performances, you will get a chance in the First Team. Tom Lammonby took his chance in the Bob Willis Trophy and Will Smeed got a go in the Vitality Blast. It just goes to show that the coaches aren’t afraid to put the young lads in.”

What does Lewis hope to achieve in 2021?

“I want to play as much as possible in the First Team, but if that’s not possible then I’ll be looking to put in some good performances for the Seconds to try and stake my claim.”

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