Will Smeed joins the Academy

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14-year old top order batsman Will Smeed, who attends King’s College in Taunton, has joined the Somerset Academy.

Will had an excellent summer with the bat in 2016 and scored 124 not out against Gloucestershire. He has been a prolific run scorer in age group cricket throughout his career and represented the South West at the Bunbury festival in 2016, impressing with a top score of 54. He plays his club cricket for Glastonbury CC and also bowls off-spin.

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On signing his contract, Will said: “I am delighted to have signed onto the Somerset Academy. Having grown up watching the likes of Jos Buttler and Tom Abell come through this academy, I am really excited to get started on the programme. I am looking to work hard over the winter and push for a Somerset Second XI place in 2017. My time on the EPP (Emerging Player Programme) has been great and am hoping to push on over the coming years.”

“I am a massive Somerset supporter and have been all my life. I often watch cricket at the Cooper Associates County Ground and came to all the NatWest T20 Blast matches this year.”

Academy Director Steve Snell added: “I have followed Will’s progress on the EPP closely and I have been highly impressed by his temperament and skill. His performances in 2016, particularly playing up a few age groups (including U19′s), were outstanding and made it a very easy decision to take him on the Academy. Will has a calm nature and a level head which will serve him well as he develops and has further success over the next few years and beyond.”