George Drissell relishing his opportunity

George Drissell has relished  the opportunity to relaunch his career at Somerset in this summer’s Royal London Cup.

The 22-year-old Bristolian joined the County for the duration of the competition and featured in five of the eight group matches as an exciting young Somerset side produced some vibrant cricket.

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “George signed a short-term contract to play for us in the Royal London Cup and fitted well into the dressing room.

“Losing Jack Leach to England and knowing the benefits of having two slow bowlers to take pace off the ball in the middle overs, it was a no-brainer to bring in another spinner.

“George’s contract has now expired, but there is the possibility that he will be considered for selection for our upcoming second XI fixtures.”

The first of those is against Essex at Taunton Vale, starting next Monday. After that, Somerset travel for Second XI Championship games against Northamptonshire and Hampshire next month.

Drissell, a product of Bedminster Cricket Club, made his County Championship debut for Gloucestershire against Northants at Northampton back in 2017. He played five more First Class games for the club the following year, as well as making his List A debut, and was rewarded with a two-year contract.

He bowled 13 overs for Somerset in the Royal London Cup, taking two wickets at a cost of 71 runs.

Drissell was one of many young players around the country to find opportunities in this season’s Royal London Cup due to numerous senior county players being involved in the Hundred.

That didn’t stop Somerset supporters flocking to the Cooper Associates County Ground where attendances for the group games were between 3,000 and 5,000.

Hurry said: “The 50-over competition remains hugely popular with our players, staff, Members and other followers.

“This year it was enhanced by the amount of young talent on show. The skills required are different from red-ball cricket and T20, which makes it an important part of the domestic calendar.”