Somerset’s Tim Rouse is now in his final year at Cardiff University where he is combining his cricket and studying for a degree in philosophy.
The 20 year old, who hails from Bath, graduated through the Academy and made his First Class debut in the three-day match against Pakistan last season. He also played in one NatWest T20 Blast game.
Tim also enjoyed a successful season with Somerset Second XI and in all formats he scored 822 runs at an average of 41, in addition to which he helped Bath CC to win the WEPL Premier One championship.
The last time we caught up with Tim was at the end of the season before he returned to Cardiff for the autumn term, so what has he been up to since then? “I had a month off after the end of the season,” he said. “Since then I’ve been training hard, working on my fitness regularly and having a hit or a bowl once a week. It’s been quite nice to get back into it and have a bat and bowl but mainly I have been focusing on the strength and conditioning side of things.
“Over the season you don’t have the chance to fit in many ‘proper’ gym sessions, so it’s nice to give that a focus and then move onto the main skills work. After Christmas when I go back I will start working on my cricket skills three times a week, one net session and two smaller group sessions, as well as carrying on with all my fitness. I’ll keep on doing that until March and then I am off to Barbados with Cardiff MCCU which is about the same time as Somerset go away as well, so I just cant wait.”
Looking towards the new season Tim said: “This year Cardiff MCCU have got three First Class fixtures but they wont be playing against Somerset which is a bit if a shame. This is my final year at university and also my last year on a Somerset Scholarship so I hope that in 2017 I do well enough and get a few runs under my belt to be given a contract at the Club. That’s now in my hands and depends on how well I do during the summer.”