Kasey delighted with maiden First Class wicket

The dramatic recent LV= Insurance County Championship match between Somerset and Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground is a game that will live long in the memory.

However, for one person in particular it was especially memorable.

It was a match that saw Somerset’s Kasey Aldridge claim his maiden First Class wicket, that of Jamie Smith. What is slightly unusual is that he was due to be playing for the Second XI against Glamorgan.

However, due to both Craig Overton and Josh Davey suffering blows to the head, Kasey, who finished with match figures of five for 119, and Marchant de Lange were drafted into the squad after the game had begun.

“It was a bit of a shock to the system,” Kasey explained. “I got a call late on Sunday when I was on my way to Abergavenny to play for the Second XI, so I had to turn the car around and head back down the M5. I got my skates on, changed out of my flipflops, put my pads on pretty sharpish and got out there!”

The 21-year-old joined the Somerset Academy in 2018 after spending two years on the Potential Somerset Player Programme and signed his first professional contract in August 2019. Educated at Millfield school, he developed his game at Brislington CC and Bath CC, and progressed through the Somerset CCC Age Group Pathway and has represented England Under 19s.

“Obviously, I was absolutely delighted to be involved,” he continued. “It’s difficult to come in when guys get hurt but I just tried to do my best to fill the spots as well as I could. Craig and JD are two pretty bit spots to fill. I went out there and tried to put everything that I’ve been working on into practice.

“I’ve been in the Somerset Pathway system since I was seven years old, and it’s an honour and a pleasure to step out onto the field with the First Team in front of a good crowd. I feel really proud to play for the County where I’ve spent my life.”

Did the lack of preparation time help to settle any nerves?

“I definitely think that helped,” he said. “There was no time to think about what could or couldn’t be. I just got out there as quick as I could. It was lovely to be involved. I’ve been playing a lot of cricket for the twos and I’m feeling pretty pleased with where my game is at the moment. I’ve been putting a lot of effort into my batting since the winter and to play First XI cricket is a joy.

“It’s good to be getting out there and playing for the First Team. I just need to keep putting the performances in so that I continue to get picked. I was pleased with how things went for me, but obviously I was disappointed that we didn’t come out on top.

What did it feel like to claim that first wicket?

“It’s something that will stay with me forever. It’s been a little while coming, but it was great to be able to tick that one off. There was a big sense of relief if I’m honest. Hopefully, there will be a lot more to come.”