Tim Rouse, who is a top order batsman and right arm off spinner has been back training at the County Ground this winter.
The 20 year old from Bath, who is on a Somerset Scholarship, is in his second year at Cardiff University where he is studying philosophy.
“It’s been good to take a break from university, come back to the County Ground and catch up with the lads and be able to focus on my cricket full time during the Christmas break.”
Reflecting on 2015 Tim said: “My season was a bit up and down but I had a few good performances and was pleased with the way the season ended in particular. I got a few runs in the last game and managed to take a five for. Last season it was nice to bring my bowling on and that is something that I am going to focus on this winter so that I am more of an all rounder. My bowling has tended to have been on the back burner so I could concentrate on my batting and try to stake my claim. However I have realized that having both skills up my sleeve is crucial to help me to get to where I want to get to.”
Tim played through the Somerset age groups before graduating through the Academy at the County Ground. How much had that helped him in his development? “I think coming through the Academy at Somerset has helped me massively,” he said. “Of course it’s a step up from the Academy to going onto the staff, but you have got the same coaches to help you through and the fact that you have already had a good working relationship with them in place is really helpful. I keep in regular touch when I am at university and when I come back here I feel very much like I am part of the set up. It’s nice to come back to coaches who know me and can help me while I am here.”
How does he find it coming back to Taunton to train full time? “It is a tough regime back here,” he said. “Although we do a lot of the same routines back in Cardiff, being put through your paces all day back here at the County Ground is tiring. Having said that, it’s a good experience and I know it’s what I have to do if I want to get to play for Somerset.”
Looking ahead Tim said: “I am already looking forward to 2016 and I know that Cardiff MCCU are playing against Somerset early on which will be very interesting for me.”
He added: “My aim is to score as many runs and take as many wickets as possible and fight my way up the ladder here. Hopefully when I am finished at Cardiff I will be offered a full time contract with Somerset. That’s my aim!”