Somerset’s have rewarded three of the most promising young cricketers at the club with new contracts. Craig Meschede (22) along with Jack Leach (23) and Tom Abell (20), who are both playing for the county in the current LV=CC game against Northamptonshire, have all extended their stay at Taunton.
All these players progressed through the Somerset CCC Academy so will continue to develop their careers in Somerset colours.
All-rounder Meschede has played in all formats of the domestic game for the county since making his debut in 2011. Leach made his debut against Warwickshire in the LV=CC in 2013 and has also played the 50-over stuff of late while Abell is playing in only his second First Class match.
Also 33-year-old all-rounder Johann Myburgh, who was recruited on a one-year deal by the county at the end of last season in what was considered by some a surprise move, has also put pen to paper so will be a Somerset player for some time to come.
Somerset chief executive Guy Lavender said: “We are delighted that three players who have come through our youth system have signed new contracts.
“That applies equally to Johann Myburgh, who has proved himself to be a valuable asset and a great clubman during this year.”
We say: this is obviously good news for the club as it means we are committed to keeping our better young players.
Tom Abell has immense talent and there is no reason why he cannot develop into a fine player. His team-mate, Craig Kieswetter, has gone as far to say he will be an England player one day.
Jack Leach seems to have forced his way ahead of George Dockrell in the pecking order as preferred left-arm orthodox spinner. He is a local lad from Taunton and there is always something attractive about developing local talent into established cricketers.
Craig Meschede has had a challenging 2014 having been so effective in 2013, particularly in 40-over cricket where he was one of the surprise packages taking over 20 wickets with tidy line and length bowling. He will be keen to put a disappointing season behind him and steam back next season and play more to his immense potential as a big hitting batsman and wicket taker.
Johan Myburgh also deserves an extension to his contract as he has shown versatility and his occasional slow bowling has gone some way to replacing Arul Suppiah, who was forced to retire prematurely in 2013. He has also scored some useful runs opening with Tres.
So all good news. Whoever is the next Director of Cricket at the club can be assured that he will have the backing of the Board to ensure a strong pool of players to work with.