Sam to leave Somerset

Sam Young will leave Somerset at the end of the 2021 season.

The 21-year-old’s contract expires this winter and the Club have taken the decision not to offer him an extension.

Sam joined the Somerset Academy ahead of the 2017 season after progressing through the Somerset Emerging Player Programme and the Somerset Age Group Pathway. He went on to sign his first professional contract in 2019.

The top order batsman, who hails from Radstock and plays his club cricket for Bath, was educated at Millfield School and featured in eight matches for the County in this season’s Royal London Cup.

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “Everyone connected with the Club would like to thank Sam for his effort and commitment during his time with us.  From his time on the Pathway, through to the present day, Sam has been a real pleasure to work with.

“During a period where there is significant competition for places, First XI opportunities would be limited moving forward and we therefore wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

Regarding his time with the Club, Sam Young said: “The last two years have been a really good experience and I’ve learned a huge amount. I’ve been at the Club since I was 10 and it’s been one of the best experiences of my life.

“The fans at Somerset are different to anywhere else in the country. The atmosphere at the ground is second to none, and no matter how I was playing, they were always supportive. There’s such a positive environment at the Club, and the fans are always behind us. I’ll definitely miss that.

“Hopefully, I will be able to get an opportunity elsewhere. I want to continue to be a professional cricketer, because that’s what I’ve wanted all my life.”