Overseas Update

Several of our squad have been performing well overseas in the last few days.

Lets take a look at what they’ve been up to.

Tom Banton

After making his IT20 debut for England in New Zealand last year, Tom made his maiden appearance in ODI cricket for the World Champions this week. He was presented with his cap by Graham Thorpe before the game but was unable to help prevent England from suffering defeat in the opening ODI against South Africa.

It was also announced this week that Tom has signed a two-year deal with Australian Big Bash side Brisbane Heat. The 21-year-old featured in seven matches for the Heat recently, scoring 223 runs at a strike rate of 176.98. He also smashed his was to the second fastest BBL 50 of all time from just 16 balls.

After announcing the agreement, Heat Head Coach Darren Lehmann said: “I think anyone who saw Tom during his seven games for the Heat in the BBL would agree that he is a special player and someone we think can play an important role for us over the next two years,.”

Lewis Goldsworthy, Kasey Aldridge and Sam Young

The Somerset trio of Lewis Goldsworthy, Kasey Aldridge and Sam Young all played their part in the tournament as England won the Plate final at the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup.

England dominated Sri Lanka and came out on top by an impressive 152 runs.

Atting first the Three Lions posted a formidable total of 279 for seven.

Left-arm spinner Lewis Goldsworthy claimed five wickets as England cruised to victory and finished the tournament with 12 wickets at an average of 9.58, with his economy rate of 2.34 by far the best in the competition. His five-wicket haul was England’s first at the U19 World Cup since Paul McMahon’s five for 25 against Nepal in 2002.

Eddie Byrom

Eddie Byrom is spending the winter in Australia playing Grade cricket for Fremantle.

Eddie starred in the Premier T20 semi-final last month where he made 80 from 62 balls and hit the winning runs in the super over to take Fremantle through to the final against University.

Batting at three, Eddie helped his side to five wicket win with five balls to spare at the WACA. Fremantle will now represent Western Australia at the National Premier T20 Championships.

After the match, Eddie said: “We had a good run to the final. We played well in the final and just managed to get over the line. It was an unbelievable feeling to win the game and to play at the WACA was great as well. The whole club were there to support us and it really was a fantastic evening.”

Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton and Tom Abell

The Somerset trio have all featured in the first two ODIs for England Lions against a Cricket Australia XI.

Lewis has captained the side in both matches, claiming two for 67 in the opening match which England Lions won by six wickets. Craig also claimed a wicket in the game which also saw Tom make his Lions debut.

The three players also featured in the second ODI which England won by four wickets.

Matthew Wade

The Australian batsman, who will be joining Somerset for the opening seven County Championship fixtures of the season, has been in fine form in this year’s Big Bash and has been named in the team of the tournament. The team was selected by the Head Coaches of each team.

Matthew scored 351 runs in nine matches at an average of 50.14 with a top score of 130 not out and a strike rate of 171.21. His impressive form has been rewarded with a recall to the Australian white-ball squad.

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