Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to announce that Sonny Baker has joined the Somerset Academy.
Seventeen-year-old Baker impressed in a number of matches in the latter part of the summer and his performances culminated in him being selected for the England Development Programme North v South Matches.
Sonny is a right-arm fast bowler who plays his club cricket at Torquay Cricket Club and progressed through the Devon Age groups. He went on to make his National Counties debut for Devon in 2020 and his Somerset 2nd Xl debut in 2019.
On signing his Academy contract, Sonny said: “Being signed on to the Somerset Academy has been something I’ve been targeting and working hard for over the last three years. It’s a privilege to be able to train with the Academy boys and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Somerset’s best up and coming players.”
Head of Talent Pathway, Steve Snell said: “Sonny has exhibited some outstanding attributes during the time that we have been aware of him. He possesses some highly exciting skills, such as bowling with pace and bounce, but crucially he has displayed the character traits of someone who is highly motivated to develop himself and to keep pushing himself to improve without prompting.
“Sonny has carved out this opportunity by working hard and smartly on his game for the past few years despite numerous knockbacks and it is a credit to him that he has continued to think about his game and positively impact his own growth. Sonny has asked tough questions of himself on the areas he needs to improve, and he has been proactive about working on them. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with the Devon Pathway and Kings School over the past three years and to watch how both parties have combined with Somerset Pathway Coach Andrew Griffiths to aid Sonny’s development. Everyone connected with Sonny has had such a positive influence on his enhancement as a cricketer and as a young man.”
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