Somerset batsman Tom Abell, who was named LV=Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2015, has notched up his first century of the winter in Australia.
The 21 year old, who was born and grew up in Taunton, is spending the winter out in Perth where he is training hard and playing Grade A cricket for Fremantle.
In reply to Claremont Nedlands first innings total of 323 for eight off 90 overs, in which Tom took two for 66 off 15 overs, he opened for Fremantle and scored 111 off 185 balls which included 14 fours, but sadly his side were 265 all out.
Following the match he said: “Naturally I was absolutely delighted to get a hundred for Fremantle, however I was disappointed I didn’t go on and win the game for us. The best thing about it for me was that I started to see a few things I’ve been working at coming into my game which was a real positive.”
Reflecting on his time in Perth so far Tom said: “Coming over here, I have to admit I felt a bit of pressure as the overseas player, although I have been really lucky to have joined a fantastic club who have been brilliant with me. I hope I can put in a few match winning performances in the next few weeks.”
Tom isn’t alone in Perth because team mate Jack Leach is also spending the winter playing grade cricket in the same division about which Tom said: “I have seen plenty of ‘Leachy’ and we are training well together which has been ideal. Perth is a great place to be over the winter. I feel like we are feeding off each other and I for one am gaining a lot from the experience.”
The Taunton duo will be joined by a third member of the Somerset team when Lewis Gregory flies out to Perth on December 12th. “It’s great news to hear that Lewis will be joining,” said Tom. “I’m really looking forward to catching up with Lewis and spending part of the winter with two cracking Somerset lads!”
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