Ollie Sale, who made his debut in the NatWest T20 Blast last summer, has been back training at the Cooper Associates County Ground during his festive holiday from Newcastle University.
The 20 year old paceman said: “It’s really great to be back in Taunton and catching up with everybody. It makes a good change from my final year at university where it’s pretty hard work. This is a big year for me and my workload at university has gone up quite a bit so it has been tough to manage the time between my studies and my cricket.”
However, Ollie hasn’t been too busy to help develop something that can aid his fellow students as he explained: “I’ve been involved with putting together an app for students who are looking for accommodation. Basically we do the research and spade work and get all the properties in one place – our app, which makes it easier for students to find somewhere to live. It’s really exciting as we have only just launched that up in Newcastle, so it will be very interesting to see how that goes for us.”
Ollie also talked about his cricket training so far this winter: “I’ve been fitting in three strength and conditioning sessions each week as well as a couple of running sessions. I’ve also been doing three bowling sessions as well plus batting and fielding, so its been very busy for me. I’ve still been able to get in more or less the same as the boys who have been back at Taunton and I have been keeping in touch with Daz (Darren Veness, Somerset’s Head of Strength & Conditioning) and sent him some footage back.”
Reflecting on 2016 Ollie said: “Last season was a challenge for me. It was about making sure that I managed my comeback from my back injury so I did a lot of rehab work. However the season went really well for me and any performances I achieved were a bonus and I have gone into this winter into a good place. I had a couple of good performances for the Second XI and made my First XI debut in the NatWest T20 Blast which was a big bonus for me after my injury.”
Looking ahead Ollie said: “This is my last year on the Somerset Scholarship so hopefully it will be a successful one for me and at the end of it I am awarded a contract. There’s a lot of work to do. However it’s very exciting and I can’t wait for it to come around.”