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Three more commit to Somerset

Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to announce that three of our brightest young talents have committed their futures to the Club.

Tim Rouse, Tom Banton and Ollie Sale have all signed their first full professional contracts with the Club which will run for the next two years.

Tim Rouse, who has been on a scholarship after playing his way through the County age-groups and graduating from the Somerset Academy, made his First Class debut for the Club last year against the touring Pakistan team and impressed on his way to a score of 41 in the second innings. In total the 21 year old top order batsman has played eight First Class matches scoring a total of 192 runs with a top score of 69. He has also featured in one T20 match.

Fast bowler Ollie Sale has been on a scholarship with the Club after making his way through the Devon County age-groups. He made his competitive debut for Somerset in the NatWest T20 Blast in 2016 but has spent the majority of this season working his way back to fitness. In the nine Second XI matches he played in 2016 he took 29 wickets at an average of 24.07.

Somerset Academy Wicketkeeper/batsman Tom Banton is a regular in the England Under 19 set up and made his First XI debut for Somerset in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast against Middlesex. He had previously announced himself on to the first team scene by taking a stunning catch in the earlier T20 match at Surrey whilst on as a substitute fielder.

Somerset CEO Lee Cooper said: “It is absolutely vital that we secure the services of the best young local talent and by signing these three players up we are doing exactly that.

“All three have demonstrated their skills on the field but just as importantly they have also wholeheartedly bought in to the culture that exists here at Somerset County Cricket Club.

“Our coaching staff have spoken about all three in glowing terms and I have no doubt that they will be featuring for the First XI on a number of occasions over the next two years and hopefully beyond.”

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