Fit & Abell: Tom gets his reward for an incredible season

Abell2After a prolific season for Somerset Second XI and Taunton Cricket Club, Tom Abell has been rewarded with a first-team debut in the current LVCC game against Warwickshire.

The 20-year-old Taunton-born youngster has impressed everyone with his run-scoring this year, Craig Kieswetter branding him a “future star”.

In the past month alone, Tom scored an unbeaten seven-hour 205 against MCC Universities in the Second XI Championship. Then, the following week, he spent more than four hours compiling an innings of 127 off 172 balls to set up an innings victory in two days over Gloucestershire Seconds.

Tom is clearly regarded as something special by Taunton Cricket Club, for whom he’s averaging 111.33 in 9 innings in the West of England Premier League Bristol and Somerset Division, with a top score of 185 not out. He’s also taken nine wickets for Taunton this year, including a best haul of 4-19.

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But it’s testament to how highly he is regarded across the cricket family throughout the whole of Somerset – players, fans and administrators – that his Twitter feed was inundated yesterday (Friday) with messages of congratulations and good luck wishes.

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Tom’s proud Taunton Cricket Club team mates were in the crowd cheering him on and posting photographs of their man in action on Twitter. He fielded under the helmet at short leg early on and they were delighted to see him pick up a catch at backward point off Lewis Gregory later in the day to see the back of centurion Ian Westwood.

Tom has received his chance this weekend because Alviro Petersen picked up an injury in South Africa’s Test Match against South Africa earlier this week.

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All of us at The InCider wish Tom all the very best for the rest of this game and continued success in his career. His selection is well deserved reward for a fantastic season so far. It’s pleasing to see hard work in the Seconds is recognised by the club, which will no doubt act as further incentive for others like James Regan and Adam Dibble who will surely also be knocking at the door of the first team soon.

Below we’ve published just a selection of the many hundreds of goodwill messages Tom received on Twitter today!

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