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Trio heading for the World Cup

Three of Somerset’s most exciting young cricketers, Tom Banton, Tom Lammonby and Fin Trenouth, departed from Heathrow on Tuesday afternoon with the rest of the England squad for the Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand.

The three players gave a good account of themselves for the Young Lions before Christmas in South Africa at the Tri- Nations Series that also involved Namibia, and all have progressed through the Somerset Academy.

Batsman/wicket-keeper Banton, who is 19 years old and signed a two year contract at the end of 2017, made his senior debut in the NatWest T20 Blast competition last summer. Before heading out he said: “I’m really looking forward to going to the World Cup and will be trying to put in a few performances early on to make sure that I secure a place in all of the games. This is a huge opportunity for us all and we will be looking to set a benchmark early on in the group stages and then hopefully go on to win it.”

Tom Lammonby, who is a left handed batsman and also bowls left arm medium-fast, is only 17 years old and still on the Somerset Academy, but is already making quite an impression after being named as England’s Man of the Series against India Under 19s in 2017. Looking ahead he said: “I’m just so lucky to get an opportunity like this. All of the staff at Somerset and on the Academy have helped me so much and so have all of the Devon coaches that I’ve worked with. They have all played a key part in my success so far and have helped me to reach the level that I am at.

“This is the World Cup and we are all going out to New Zealand to win. That’s the only thing that we will be aiming for. We will be disappointed if we don’t win it, but at the same time we know that there are some very strong teams with their minds set on the same outcome. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a great opportunity to test our skills against others from around the world.

Tom is in his final year of A Levels at Exeter College, so what’s going to happen about them when he is away?

“We have two hours each day set aside for our college work which is supervised, so hopefully I’ll still be able keep up with my studies as well.”

The Devon based youngster added: “I can’t wait for next summer. Hopefully I can show what I have learned over the winter and out in New Zealand.”

Fin Trenouth is a 19 year old hard hitting right-handed batsman who can also keep wicket. He signed a one year contract at the end of the 2017 season and ahead of the World Cup said: “Its a seriously exciting thought to be going out there and having the chance to play with your mates and win the World Cup. I’ve had a pretty crazy 18 months since I scored my 300 and got onto the Academy, which was a pretty big step for me. Since then it has just got better and better. Hopefully that will continue for me over the next month at the World Cup.

“It’s a massive honour to go out to New Zealand and wear the England badge on your helmet and the fact that it’s a World Cup makes it that more special. I just want to do my best and help my county get as far as we can.”

Fin added: “It’s pretty nice to be flying out on the second day of 2018 which is going to be a big year for me and hopefully I can kick on in my game and get another contract.”

Somerset Director of Cricket Andy Hurry, who worked with the trio last summer in his former capacity as Head of the England Development Programme said: “As a Club we are incredibly proud to have three young men involved in the England Under 19 World Cup squad. They are looking to make their way into the professional game and they’ve got a great opportunity to showcase their skills on an international stage.

“To be successful out in New Zealand they will have to adapt their games to the conditions and that will be a great challenge for them to overcome. However, knowing the three guys like I do, there is no doubt in my mind that they will have an impact on helping England Under 19 to win games of cricket.”

England play two warm up matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland before facing Namibia in their first game in the World Cup on January 15th.

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