The Somerset trio of Ryan Davies, Ben Green and George Bartlett will be hoping to play a part this weekend when England take on Sri Lanka in the ICC Under 19 World Cup.
The sides meet in the quarter finals on Sunday in Mirpur and England will be in confident mood having won all three of their group matches to get to this stage.
George Bartlett hit 48 off 62 balls to help England beat the West Indies in the Three Lions second game of the competition, after which he said: “It was a very good win for us against the West Indies, and personally it was nice to contribute in that game with a few runs. Overall it was a very good team effort and everyone contributed well.
“The wickets have overall been good to bat on and offer a bit of spin to the slower bowlers near the back end. The weather hasn’t been too hot but it’s set to get hotter.”
Talking about playing alongside two other players from his home county George said: “It’s obviously good to play with Somerset colleagues and to see them do well and hopefully we will all get to play together in the quarter final.”
Head coach Andy Hurry has been pleased by the overall performance of his squad so far but revealed that the team have fallen short of the high fielding standards that they set for themselves. “We put one chance down the other day, and a couple down in our first game against Fiji,” said Hurry. “So we’re not getting carried away and saying everything has been perfect. What is important is the amount of preparation that’s gone into that side of our game to give us the best chance of being consistent out here in the tournament.
“When we take catches like the ones we did the other day it doesn’t surprise me, because the standard of this group is the highest quality that I’ve seen in the last 18 months with the England Development Programme.
“The counties should be given their share of the credit too, for the work that’s being done with these lads on a regular basis. For example Somerset have a real focus on their fielding down in Taunton.”