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Tom honoured to receive County Cap

Somerset Club Captain, Tom Abell was presented with his County Cap during the lunch interval of day one of the current home match against Surrey.

The 24-year-old, who enjoyed a glittering time at Taunton School, first appeared for the Somerset Second XI back in 2010. He then graduated through the Academy and made his Championship debut for Somerset in 2014, scoring 95 in his first innings against Warwickshire. The following year the right handed batsman, who is also a more than useful right arm medium pace bowler, made his List A debut against Durham.

At the tender age of 22 Tom was appointed to the position of Club Captain.

This season has seen Tom come very much to the fore as a genuine all rounder. Before the start of the current game he had scored 799  runs in this season’s Specsavers County Championship with a best of 132 not out against Yorkshire at Headingley. In addition to which he has taken 13 wickets at 31.92, while in the Vitality Blast he scored 292 runs at an average of 29.20.

It was highly appropriate that the man presenting Abell with his cap was Brian Rose, the Club’s most successful captain ever.

Being awarded with his Somerset Cap clearly meant a lot to the Somerset skipper.

 

“Getting my cap was a very special moment for me and it was a very special day. As a kid my ambition was always to play for Somerset and to be recognised with the other guys who have been capped by the County makes it very special. To have my family here to watch made for an incredible day. To be on that board with the rest of the capped players is a pretty incredible feeling.

Andy Hurry [Somerset Director of Cricket] was on the microphone and he said some very nice things about me and the Club made a big deal of it which was really nice for me. This was unexpected, but it means such a lot to me. When a player gets his cap it’s a pretty big thing. To be on that board with the rest of those capped guys is a great feeling.”

“To be awarded my county cap means a lot to me because it’s like I’ve joined the long list of elite players who have gone ahead of me.

“I’ve been more disappointed than anyone about how I have gone for the last couple of years and a cap is something you’ve got to earn. I don’t think that I’ve done that for the last couple of years. This season I feel like I have contributed more which has been nice. A cap is certainly not a given. You have got to warrant it. I guess that Andy Hurry and the Committee felt that I had done that, which I’m absolutely elated about.”

Tom went on: “I’ve obviously been playing for a little while and I got off to a decent start in my career, but then I’ve had a couple of not so good seasons. I don’t think caps should be given out just for the sake of it and everyone should have to earn it.”

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