Lewis Goldsworthy was a very happy young man after signing his contract to join the Somerset Academy at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
The 15 year old batting all rounder, who also bowls left arm spin, has been offered a place on the Academy after spending a year on the recently introduced PSPP (Potential Somerset Player Programme) and is the first young cricketer to do so.
Lewis hails from Camborne in Cornwall where he attends Camborne Science International Academy and plays his club cricket for Troon.
“This is a wonderful cricketing opportunity for me and I am delighted to sign my contract to join the Somerset Academy. Having already had a year working on the PSPP this is exactly what I was hoping for – but I know that it will be a lot of hard work for me.
“The PSPP helped me a lot through last year and is what helped me to get to where I am now. The facilities and the technology are special and I am glad for this opportunity to progress my career in cricket.”
Lewis has grown up playing through the Cornwall age groups and this season has enjoyed a good summer with his club.
“Cornwall has been brilliant for me and the coaching there has helped me to get this far and I would like especially to thank Pete Bolland and Sean Hooper for everything they have do to help me.”
“Last season we got promoted to Division One and I scored 800 runs and took 42 wickets which I enjoyed very much.”
The young Cornishman also did well at the Under 15 Bunbury Festival and on the strength of his success he has been selected to go to Sri Lanka in the spring on a 10 day tour with the England Under 16s.
“I was selected for the Bunbury Festival initially as a bowler, but then I got selected for a three-day game at Loughborough where I scored 74 which I think got me selected for the England side as an all rounder.”
Looking ahead Lewis said: “I know that I am in for an action packed winter with a lot of hard work but I am really looking forward to it. In five years time I want to be playing for Somerset so this is the next step for me.”