Right-Handed Batsman, Wicket Keeper
Batsman and wicket-keeper Jamie Baird has joined the Somerset Academy
The 15-year-old, who lives in Glastonbury and attends Millfield School, said: “It feels really good to have signed my contract to join the Academy because it’s something that I’ve worked really hard for.
“I came on the Emerging Player Programme two years ago and this is what I’ve been working towards. To get in this year is a good achievement and I can’t wait to get started.”
Jamie talked about his strengths.
“I’m a batter-keeper and recently my keeping has caught up with my batting, which is what I worked on last winter. They are my strengths, I’ve got a way of playing and I don’t try to deviate from it much. I get the advice from the coaches and then put my own spin on it.
“I’m a right handed batsman and like to go in at three or four. I used to be an opener but over the last couple of years I’ve dropped down a little bit. I’m happy going in anywhere in the top four or five. In T20 cricket I’m happy to go in anywhere down to number seven.”
How did Jamie perform in 2018?
“I’ave had a good year in T20, especially at school where Millfield won the National Under 18 Schools T20 at Arundel Castle, which was a great experience and has to be the highlight of my school career so far.
“I played my club cricket at North Perrott who won the Somerset Division of WEPL and will be promoted to the Second Division.
I’ve been ‘keeping for them and started when school finished. I played seven league games with them and batted at five or six.
“It was my first year at the club and I just wanted to play in the first team and get a feel for things. Next season I can hopefully put in some more performances.”
What is Jamie hoping to achieve during his time on the Academy?
“Next year hopefully I can try to put in some good performances for the Somerset Under 17s and maybe get an opportunity with the Second XI. I’d like to play for the first team at school and do well for my club.
“I got given lots of challenges this year and I’ve been stepping up to them. Next year, after working hard on the Academy, I don’t want to just take on the challenges, I want to be impressing and succeeding as well.”
Looking further ahead Jamie said: “In the future my aim is to be awarded a Somerset contract when I leave school and then hopefully go on to play for England. That’s my ambition and now I’ve been given this opportunity hopefully I can use it.”