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Tom reflects on Vitality Blast debut

Tom Lammonby took the next step towards his dream of playing for England when he made his Somerset debut against Kent Spitfires at Canterbury in the Vitality Blast.

The 19-year-old, who hails from Exeter, worked his way through the Devon age groups before joining the Somerset Academy in the autumn of 2015.

Since then Tom has enjoyed considerable success playing for England Under 19s and was named as Player of the Series against India in 2017.

Last summer Tom scored his maiden century for Somerset Second XI against the Unicorns and then made a half century in the final of the Second XI Trophy.

In June of 2018 Tom became one of only four Devon CCC players to have scored a century in each innings of a Minor County game.

After graduating from the Academy last summer, the young all rounder signed a two-year contract for Somerset.

Reflecting on his debut, Tom said: “It’s a dream come true to finally become a Somerset player, so it was a very special moment for me and something of which I’m really proud.

“I was really nervous for the first couple of overs, but once I got into it it started to feel just like any other cricket match.

“The game being televised added a little bit to the pressure, but it was nice get out there and put the Somerset shirt on in front of a big crowd.”

When did Tom find out that he was going to be playing?

“When Lewis got called up for the England Lions I thought that I might be in with a chance of playing,” he said. “But it wasn’t until about an hour before the game that Jason let me know officially that I was playing.

“I thought that I’d be a lot more nervous than I was, but once it came to it and I started getting into the cricket it wasn’t as nerve wracking as I’d thought that it would be. I felt quite comfortable being part of the team, which is a credit to the rest of he guys.”

How did he fell when Tom Abell first threw him the ball to bowl?

“I guess the good thing about T20 is that you don’t actually have a lot of time to think about it,” he said. “Abes told me I was bowling from the top end, and before I knew it I was running in to bowl, which was pretty special.”

Looking ahead, Tom said: “Now I just want to be playing cricket to as high a possible standard as I can be. That’s all I’m really thinking about at the moment. Looking at the people we had in our team on Friday, I can now say that I’ve played cricket with the best T20 player in the world, which is something that not many people can say. Looking back, it gives me a very special feeling!”

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