Last week saw the five new players who will be joining the Somerset Academy receive their induction.
Over the course of the next few weeks we will be introducing you to these players. Today we turn our attention to Josh Thomas.
Josh is a left arm spinner and top order batsman.
The 14-year-old, who attends King’s College and plays for Taunton St Andrews, has played his way through the Somerset age groups and has a been part of the EPP for the last year.
The young all rounder, who turns 15 in January, said: “It feels really good to be joining the Somerset Academy. In fact, it’s probably the best feeling in my whole life.”
Josh enjoyed a highly successful 2019 season, one of the highlights of which was playing in the Baker Cup Final for Taunton St Andrews against Taunton at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
Regarding that experience, he said: “It was amazing to be playing on the County Ground and to be in the same team as Tom Banton. To be playing against Tom Abell was a pretty amazing experience as well.
“I’ve played for the Somerset Age Groups for several years. That’s helped me to be the best I can be and enabled me to get my place on the Academy.
“I have just enjoyed my best summer so far and I’ve played for St Andrews First XI in WEPL Premier One. It was pretty challenging, but all the people around me were so nice and they helped me through.
“I was lucky because I had a really good game the first time that I played. That was against Clevedon and I got four wickets which really built up my confidence for the rest of the season.”
Looking to the future Josh said: “Of course I could say that I want to be playing for Somerset and then for England, but I know that I’ve just got to train hard, become the best I can be and then hope for the best.”
Somerset Academy Director, Steve Snell said: “Josh has had an excellent year across all cricket, from playing for Somerset Under 14s, which he dominated, to playing Premier League cricket for Taunton St Andrews, where he made a real impression particularly in the Baker Cup Final where he bowled superbly at Tom Abell. With both the bat and the ball Josh looks an extremely exciting young cricketer.”