Fast bowler Liam Redrup and batsman Sam Underdown, who graduated from the Academy at the end of last summer have both been awarded Somerset Scholarships.
Matt Maynard the Director of Cricket at SCCC said: “Sam is a very promising left handed batsman who played quite a bit last summer for Steve Snell in the Second XI and when he gets in he has got all of the shots. When I saw him he looked like a good player and aggressive with it. He just needs to work out how to get to 15, which is the hardest thing for any batsman to do, not just a youngster. He’s got an abundance of talent, is a great fielder and a really good lad so it will be good to have him around the group this coming season.”
Matt went on: “Liam has been working with us at the ground all winter where he has impressed. He bowls a heavy ball and is slightly different to anyone else that we have on the staff at the moment. There’s a little bit of work for him to do which he is doing with Jason Kerr to straighten him up slightly but he is strong and a good character.
“I was up at the Vale watching the Seconds and Liam was bowling and tried to stop a ball that was drilled back at him and dislocated his finger. He ran off the field and got it sorted, had it taped up and ran back out to carry on playing which says a lot about him. He is a tough cookie and handling a bit of pain isn’t much of a problem for him and that’s always a good thing to have in a quick bowler. It’s hard work and you will have aches and pains almost everyday as a fast bowler, so he has great characteristics and we will give him every opportunity to develop in our system.”
Matt added: “Both Sam and Liam are local lads and we all know how much the Somerset fans like their own boys coming through, so they will both get plenty of opportunities to play for the Seconds this summer and hopefully develop to become full time pros with the Club.”
Sam who is now in his first year at Loughborough University said: “Playing for Somerset is what I have always wanted to do, so to be awarded a Scholarship is the next step for me on achieving my goal. I enjoyed working with the rest of the boys at Christmas and will be back in the next few weeks to spend more time training and then playing more cricket in the summer.”
Liam said: “I am really enjoying spending the winter working with the full time professionals at the ground. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and I want to make sure I put all the winter training I have done to good use and put in some noticeable performances for the Seconds this summer.”