Tom talks us through his first ton

Tom Banton announced his arrival on the big stage on Good Friday when he scored his maiden century for Somerset in their crushing Royal London One-Day Cup victory over Kent Spitfires at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The 20-year-old was awarded a contract by Somerset after graduating the Academy in the summer of 2017 and the young batsman/wicket-keeper got off to a flying start in the Second XI last year, hitting several centuries in the opening few weeks of the season, including 248 against Kent at Canterbury in the Second XI Championship. His form then saw him break in to the Somerset First XI.

In his opening innings in the Second XI Trophy this season, Tom was in sparkling form and hit an impressive 150 against a strong Middlesex side and earned himself a call up to the senior side for the Royal London One-Day Cup opener against Kent.

Tom opened the innings and went to his 50 off 44 balls. His century followed just 37 balls later.

His innings, which included 11 fours and three sixes, was full of confidence from the start and contained several audacious shots, much to the delight of the 5000 plus crowd who were there to witness the emergence of a new Somerset star.

If that wasn’t enough Tom then donned the gloves and claimed three catches to help dismiss Kent for just 94 runs.

No wonder the young man was in buoyant mood when he talked about his history making innings.

“It was good fun batting against Kent,” he said. “The last few weeks have been good for me in the Seconds and I was just trying to carry on with that. Last year I struggled a bit when I played, so it was good for me to get some confidence early on.”

Just how special was his century?

“I think that was the best innings I’ve ever played, and the full crowd in the ground made it all the more special. I loved it. To be able to contribute to such a big win was really good.

“I just go out there, see the ball and play it on its merits. Maybe sometimes I play shots and people question what I’m doing, but that’s the way I am. I just go out there and play the ball as it comes.

“I got off to a good start against Kent, so I didn’t really need to take too many risks.

“To get my first century for Somerset is the best feeling I have ever had. It was a top day. The innings has given me the confidence now that I can go and do it again. Hopefully I can keep on performing and play in the rest of the Royal London One-Day Cup matches for Somerset.”

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