Somerset Academy’s Ben Green claimed five wickets, including a hat-trick, for England Under 19s in a warm-up game this week, after being selected for the upcoming series against Australia.
The match, against the Unicorns at Loughborough, was part of preparations for the Australia series for which 17-year-old Green has been named in both the squad for the four- day match at Durham (that gets underway on August 4) and also the five 50 over matches which begin at South Northumberland CC on August 11 .
Against the Unicorns this week, after scoring 30 in England’s first innings 247 all out on Wednesday, Green then ran through the Unicorns batting to return remarkable figures of 3.4-2-3-5.
Speaking afterwards, director of the England Cricket Development Programme Andy Hurry, the former Somerset coach, said: “It was a devastating spell of bowling. Ben is tall and bowls at good pace, but his major asset is to hit good challenging areas and that’s what he did in favourable conditions today.”
Green was selected for the U19 squad after scoring three centuries this summer. He scored his first ton of the season, an unbeaten 103, for Somerset Second XI against Hampshire Seconds at Taunton Vale in early June, soon after which he became the youngest ever centurion for his native Devon in a Minor County game, when he made 101 not out against Cornwall at Truro.
His most recent hundred for his home county, an innings of 109, was scored in July at Finchampstead against Berkshire. In addition during July, Green also made a very mature and stylish unbeaten 89 at the County Ground in Taunton for Somerset Seconds against Nottinghamshire.
All-rounder Green progressed through the Devon youth system before joining the Somerset Academy. He has regularly featured in England age group teams and has also attended several training camps.
Commenting on Green’s selection Steve Snell, the Somerset Second XI coach and Academy Director said: “This is fantastic news but really no surprise given how he performed for the Under 19s in Australia this winter. Since then he has enhanced his reputation with what he has done with the bat this summer. Although his appearances for us so far have been limited because he has been at school, whenever he has played for us he has made valuable contributions and has looked really impressive.
“He has had very few opportunities with the bat in the Seconds but he has scored a hundred and 89 not out plus two hundreds for Devon in the Minor Counties. With the ball he took six wickets for Exeter against Torquay and when we have asked him to do it with the white ball he has shown good skills as well. For him to be in both squads will give him the chance to show what he can do in the red and white ball games.”
Snell added: “He is someone who has come on in leaps and bounds and I have been really impressed with him. From his perspective this is a chance to make a real impact on the series.”
- The Unicorns team this week included Dorset vice-captain and Clevedon CC professional Jacob Lintott.
Scorecard: England U19s v Unicorns – http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/804873.html