Jack Leach was recently reunited with a trophy that he last saw over 10 years ago and Marcus Trescothick was on hand to make the presentation.
The left arm spinner, who was born in Musgrove Park Hospital and grew up just around the corner from the Cooper Associates County Ground, was first brought to watch the cricket when he was a matter of a few months old. As he got older, when he wasn’t actually playing cricket, Jack sat around the boundary edge watching the exploits of the likes of Trescothick and Caddick out on the field, little knowing that one day he would be out there himself.
Jack was first presented with the Tony Corner Cup for the Under 15 Player of Year back in 2006, so how did it feel to see it again after all this time? “It’s nice to be presented with the trophy again after all this time and especially as Marcus presented it to me,” he said. “He is everyone’s hero and even though he’s been at Somerset a long time he still works so hard. He’s something of a legend and someone for all of us guys to look up to.
“I’ve still got the handwritten letter he sent to me when I was growing up with some words of advice and that’s pretty special to me.”
Jack went on: “It’s gone pretty well for me since I was 15 and if anybody had told me 10 years ago that I would be playing for Somerset and would become their leading wicket taker then I would have bitten their hand off. This is always where I wanted to get to and things are going well for me at the moment.”
After presenting the trophy Marcus said: “Leachy has had a really good season and I’m sure sometime he will go on and play for England. He brought the letter that I sent him in a little while ago and the lads all took the mickey. It’s great to see the youngsters like Jack coming through our youth system even though it does sometimes make you feel a bit old!”