George Bartlett has just completed his first week at Somerset County Cricket Club as a full time professional cricketer.
The 18 year old top order batsman, who also bowls off spin, attended Millfield School and has grown up playing through the County age groups. He graduated from the Somerset Academy in the summer after which he signed a one year contract.
George, who made his debut for the Second XI when he was 15 years old, had a successful season in 2016. He scored a lot of runs for his WEPL club Bridgwater as well as for Somerset Second XI whilst he also scored a century for England Under 19′s against Sri Lanka.
Reflecting on last summer he said: “The summer went well for me personally with Somerset Second XI. We reached the finals of both the T20 and the Trophy so I was happy.”
So how has his first week in training gone? “My first week has been pretty much as I expected it to be,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed it very much. Training everyday with the professionals has been a great experience for me and is good fun. It’s been very interesting to see how they go about their routines. To be training alongside Marcus Trescothick and James Hildreth, who I’ve grown up watching play for Somerset, takes a bit of getting used to but I hope to be like them one day. Seeing them in the same environment as myself is superb and trying to mirror the way that they do things is a good way to go about it.
“This week has been pretty much the way that I expected it would be, but there’s also a lot of hard work that goes into being here as well, especially in the winter when there’s a lot of gym work. The end goal is to be out there in the middle playing consistently for Somerset and as a young player you always need to have that target to aim for. The Academy here at Somerset has helped me a great deal because we have similar routines as the pro’s do and this has helped me a lot. The regime was very similar and provided good preparation for the real thing. Somerset has got very high standards of fitness so I am expecting it to be hard work which I am happy to do because I want to keep on progressing.”
Talking about what lies ahead this winter George said: “I will be training here until the start of December, then I’m off with the Young Lions to Dubai for 20 days, which should be good fun and then hopefully after Christmas I will be selected to go on the tour to India. We’ve already had two Young Lions camps up at Loughborough where we worked with Paul Collingwood and Graham Thorpe, who I found very interesting.”
Looking further ahead George said: “Hopefully I will continue on with the way that I played this season through the winter and into 2017. Hopefully I might then get the chance to play for the first team.”