Two-Year Contract for Sonny
Somerset County Cricket Club are excited to be able to announce that Sonny Baker has signed his first professional contract.
The 18-year-old, who hails from Torquay CC where he plays his club cricket, has put pen to paper on a two-year deal that will see him ply his trade for the County until at least the end of the 2023 season.
Sonny, who grew up playing through the Devon youth system, and first played for Somerset Second XI in 2019, has been a key element of the Somerset squad in this year’s Royal London Cup.
He joined the Somerset Academy last Autumn and featured in the England Development Under 19 Programme North v South Matches. He is also another player alongside the extended list of those currently on the Somerset playing staff, who have represented and played National Counties cricket for Devon NCCA.
After signing his contract, Sonny said: “Signing for Somerset is incredible. It’s the sort of thing that you dream about. It’s something I’ve worked really hard for, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
“Everything’s happened really fast. Just over a year ago I wasn’t even on the Academy. Now I’ve had a taste of First Team cricket and I want more.”
It’s been quite a week for Sonny who also excelled in his A Levels, as he explained.
“Obviously, we had a game on Tuesday, so I didn’t look at my results until the evening. I wanted to concentrate on the game, and my results were going to be the same at 6 o’clock as they would be at 8:30 in the morning. I’m really pleased with my results which were two As and a B.”
Somerset CCC Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry is delighted to have secured the services of the young paceman. “It’s been really exciting to observe the development and performances of Sonny through the Academy programme, Under 18s County Age Group cricket, Second XI cricket, and most recently, the Royal London Cup,” he said. “I’m delighted that we will have the opportunity to continue to work with him for at least the next couple of years and watch him move closer to achieving his full potential and aspirations.”
Steve Snell is the SCCC Head of Talent Pathway. “I’m delighted for Sonny,” he said. “Sonny has put in an unbelievable amount of work into earning an opportunity both physically and mentally. He has also conscientiously managed significant educational commitments and has been able to obtain excellent results, which is a credit to his self-organisation skills.
“He has the desire to keep improving and he has shown significant growth in all areas of his game. It’s a credit to him that he has been rewarded with some First Team appearances for his efforts. Sonny is a great example of someone who is getting the rewards for all the hard work, effort and smart thinking that he has put in.
“We’ve been working closely and collaboratively with King’s College and Devon Cricket to ensure that Sonny gets the best possible support, and Sonny has formed an outstanding working relationship with Pathway Bowling Coach, Andrew Griffiths, who has spent considerable time and effort with Sonny over the past three years. Today is a proud day for Sonny and his family, and I am looking forward to many more successful performances for Somerset from Sonny.”
King’s Schools Director of Sport, Phil Lewis said: “Sonny came to us as a very promising youngster and has worked his socks off for this well-deserved success. He has put a huge amount of work into not only his bowling action but also his strength and conditioning. If there was ever a role model for our younger cricketers to follow it would be Sonny. He has tapped into every ounce of what King’s can offer our cricketers and we wish him all the best for what we know will be a bright future.”
The news of Sonny’s contract has also been well received in his home county. Devon County Cricket Club Chairman, Neil Gamble said: “We are delighted that Sonny has risen so quickly and has now signed full professional terms with Somerset.”
Matt Theedom, Managing Director of Devon Cricket said: “We’re really proud that Sonny’s been offered a contract. It’s testament to his work ethic and him as a young man. Being a professional cricketer is what he has always dreamed of, and it’s fantastic that Somerset have been able to offer him that opportunity.”
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