Tom looks back on "Special" First Class debut

Tom Lammonby had extra cause to celebrate Somerset’s Bob Willis Trophy victory over Glamorgan this week.

Not only did the Club claim a comprehensive win, but the 20-year-old made his First Class debut.

After graduating from the Somerset Academy, Tom signed his first professional contract with Somerset in 2018 at Exeter CC where he has played for many years. The Devonian came to prominence as he worked his way through the Devon County Age Group teams. He has also represented Devon in National Counties cricket where he is one of only a handful of batsmen to have scored a century in each innings of a Championship match.

Tom has also impressed on the international scene. In 2017 he was named the England U19 Player of the Series against India. He has also been named as England U19 Captain on a number of occasions.

The left handed top order batsman made his Somerset First XI debut at Kent in last seasons Vitality Blast and played in a further 11 matches in the format last summer.

Despite all these accolades, making his First Class debut on Saturday was particularly special for him, as he explained. “Playing a few T20s last year was a great introduction, but for me the ultimate goal is red-ball cricket,” he said. “To make my First Class debut was a dream come true. I started watching Somerset when I was about five, so to get that first game in the longer format is something that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

“It’s always a great honour to represent your country, but I’ve supported Somerset from such a young age so to walk out on the field with the Wyvern on my chest was a dream come true. It was such a proud moment for me and my family and I’m so grateful to everyone who’s helped me get to this stage.

“Jason Kerr (SCCC Head Coach) came up to me the day before and told me that I would be playing and that I’d be opening the batting. Opening is a role that I’m fairly new to, so I was a little bit nervous but I was more excited than anything else. To be able to get out on the field and open the batting on the first day of the season, when at one point it looked like we might not be able to, was a very special moment.

“I was presented with my Somerset baggy cap by Fielding & Assistant Coach, Paul Tweddle who gave me some good words of advice. He told me to just be myself and to do what I’ve been doing up to now.”

How did he feel as he walked out to bat?

“It was strange to have no crowd in the Ground,” he said. “Usually the crowd are a massive help here at Somerset and they give us a real boost. There are always nerves just before you go out to bat, but I was feeling excitement more than anything else. To get a win as well was amazing.

“It was frustrating to get a start but not go on and get a big score, but if you’d have offered me how things turned out by the end of the game at the start, I’d have bitten your hand off.

“It was an excellent all round performance by the team, especially by Craig and Jamie. Our bowling is just at a different level at the moment and it was a pleasure to watch.”

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