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This week: Snelly keeping busy

Somerset’s Academy Director Steve Snell has kept himself busy so far this winter with a flurry of additions to the squad. Batsmen Will Smeed, Fin Tremouth and Sam Young have all signed as has young pace bowler Nathan Gilchrist.

Smeed was the most recent addition. The 14-year old top order batsman attends King’s College in Taunton and plays his club cricket for Glastonbury. The highlight of his 2016 was an impressive 124 not out versus Gloucestershire. He is a big Somerset supporter so this deal is clearly one he has been seeking for some time.

Tremouth is 18 years old and hails from Bristol. He initially attended Clifton College before moving to Millfield School in September 2015.  He plays his club cricket for Bristol CC who are in Premier One of the West of England Premier League. During 2016 Fin scored a triple century for Somerset under-17s which he called the highlight of his season. He is pictured above signing on while Snelly looks on.

Young is a batsman who also bowls off spin and joins the Somerset Academy after making good progress through the Emerging Player Programme. He hails from Radstock and this season he scored four centuries, including one for Millfield School.

The three batters are joined by pace man Gilchrist who also attends King’s College in Taunton. The tall 16 year old played for Somerset Second XI against Sussex and also appeared for the County Under-19 side later in the season.

All this followed news that Somerset have signed batsman Eddie Byrom on a scholarship contract until the end of the 2017 season. Although the 19 year old was born in Zimbabwe and has represented them at Under 17 level, he holds an Irish passport.

Eddie scored runs heavily while he was at King’s College, Taunton and graduated from the Somerset Academy at the end of the summer.  He plays his club cricket for WEPL Premier One side Taunton St Andrews. He is an attacking left-handed opening batsman – who does that remind you of?

Good luck to all the youngsters as they continue their journeys to what will hopefully be successful careers playing for Somerset. As we have seen with Dom Bess and Jack Leach this season the club’s Academy continues to produce excellent youngsters and we hope that continues.