Tom Banton joins the Academy

Tom Banton 2016 signing

Top order batsman and wicket-keeper Tom Banton has joined the Somerset Academy after enjoying a highly successful season playing for the Somerset Second XI.

Banton who hails from the Midlands,  is 17 years old and  moved to King’s College in September 2015.  The right- hander scored runs regularly and kept wicket with considerable maturity especially on Second XI T20 Finals day.

He also made quite an impression playing for local club side Taunton St Andrews in Premier One of the West of England Premier League.

After signing Tom said: “It’s great to be part of the Somerset Academy and I can’t wait to get started.  I’ve done alright this summer and it’s been a great experience for me playing so many games for Somerset Seconds and Under 17s.”

Somerset v Warwickshire, Second Eleven Twenty20, second Semi Final, Arundel Castle Cricket Club Somerset v Warwickshire, Second Eleven Twenty20, second Semi Final, Arundel Castle Cricket Club

Tom has also been selected to join the Young Lions this winter which he is also looking forward to.  “There are a few training camps back here in England during the autumn,” he said.  Then we go to Dubai for a three week training camp in December.  Hopefully I will then get picked to go on the tour to India in January but before then there’s a lot of hard work to be done.”

Academy Director Steve Snell: “Tom is an extremely exciting player to watch with bat in hand or behind the stumps.  He has shown a high capability when playing in big matches for the 2nds this year and has proved that he can impact on the course of games.  He seems to thrive when the pressure has been on.  In particular Tom has been outstanding when stood up to the stumps to the seamers and is always looking to take the positive option to move the game forward.  He has been rewarded with selection on the Young Lions programme and it will be an excellent chance for him to challenge himself amongst his peers.