Young Tom Abell has won The Incider player of the month award for June. This particular award was voted for by the team at Somerset County Sports, who support the player of the month awards, and by writers of the site.
Having had a testing early season where he was asked to open the batting with skipper Marcus Trescothick, Tom started to show his maturity scoring 263 championship runs in six innings’, four of those completed, so enjoyed an average of 65.75. The player lovingly referred to as Wonderboy by the more senior members of the team played a starring role in two vital wins for Somerset that gave the county a little bit of space from the danger zone in the LV=CC.
Having started the month scoring only 6 runs in a crushing defeat at Durham (4 & 2) it was in the home match against Nottinghamshire that Tom started to highlight his talent. Notts scored 410 all out and looked to be cruising when they reduced Somerset to 153 for 8. Tom carried his bat with 76 not out to see his team to a (fairly) respectable 200 all out (and a batting point).
Notts batted again and were blown away for 190 leaving Somerset needing 401 to win the game. Tom & skipper Tres (65) put on 129 for the 1st wicket. Tom was second man out on 197 having scored 72 and late runs from Allenby (62) and Trego (79) set the side up for a vital win as Somerset made 402 for 8.
A proverbial six-pointer away at Hampshire followed and Tom looked set to score his maiden ton as he powered his way to 88. Unfortunately he was then bowled by Liam Dawson but his team made 346 and the elusive first treble score would follow soon enough. Hampshire then batted twice scoring just 147 and 262 to leave the cider men just 64 for victory. This was negotiated for just the loss of skipper Tres (35) with Tom batting maturely to finish 21 not out.
Well done to Tom as this is his first award on The Incider. As he is currently sunning himself in Australia (and playing some decent Cricket too) we look forward to presenting his bottle of champagne on his return before the season starts.