Academy players arrive in India

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A group of young players from the Somerset Academy plus Ben Green, who graduated from the Academy last summer, have just arrived in India for  special batting camp that will focus on facing spin.

The group, who are accompanied by Academy Director Steve Snell and Fielding Coach Paul Tweddle, have wasted no time and on their first day in Mumbai they were already hard at it.

Regarding the trip, Steve said: “It’s extremely exciting to be able to take a group of very talented young players to Mumbai for this camp.  It will be a great experience for the boys, both on and off the field.  I’m sure the trip and being immersed in a country which lives and breathes cricket will benefit them immensely.”

Steve Snell

Steve went on: “Louie Shaw, Tom Banton and George Bartlett are already out in India with the Young Lions, and for Somerset to also provide five Academy players (plus Ben Green) with the opportunity to tour the sub-continent further evidences our commitment to developing homegrown players.

“These opportunities will mean that a large amount of our young players will be exposed to testing and stimulating challenges away from Taunton.  I believe that this can only be beneficial for the players that will progress to the SCCC first team in the future.”

The Academy Director added: “I really appreciate the backing that Guy Lavender (SCCC CEO) and Matt Maynard (Somerset Director of Cricket) have shown this trip. They have been supportive and enthusiastic about it since the concept was first discussed.  It’s also brilliant to be able to take Paul Tweddle on the trip with us.  Like myself he is extremely passionate about youth development and furthering his own learning.  It will be a great chance for us all to enhance our knowledge, in particular playing and facing top quality spin bowling.

Back row: Tom Lammonby, Paul Tweddle, Fin Trenouth and Steve Snell.

Front row: Lewis Goldsworthy, Charlie Reed and Sam Young