Se­ries de­feat was tough but all eyes now on World Cup!

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - tom lam­monby Som­er­set & Eng­land U19 all-rounder

ENG­LAND’S U19s were on the end of quite the ham­mer­ing at the hands of their In­dian coun­ter­parts ear­lier this sum­mer but Tom Lam­monby man­aged to emerge with more credit than most.

The 17-year-old left­handed all-rounder topped Eng­land’s bat­ting av­er­ages dur­ing their 5-0 se­ries de­feat on home soil and was sub­se­quently named man of the se­ries, bol­ster­ing his chances of earn­ing a call-up for next year’s World Cup in New Zealand.

Be­fore that, Lam­monby, who is cur­rently part of Som­er­set’s academy set-up, will be aim­ing to fur­ther strengthen his case when he rep­re­sents his coun­try in a Tri-Se­ries against South Africa and Namibia, which gets un­der way at the tail end of Novem­ber.

The In­dia se­ries was the Som­er­set young­ster’s first in­ter­na­tional in­volve­ment and, nat­u­rally, it has left him hun­gry for more.

“Ob­vi­ously, los­ing 5-0 isn’t ideal but to be ex­posed to the Eng­land U19s was a re­ally good learn­ing curve and to do well was the ic­ing on the cake, re­ally,” said Lam­monby, who is a pupil at Ex­eter School.

“I kind of ex­pected to just go in and play a few games but to play all five was a suc­cess al­ready and then to score a few runs and take a few wick­ets was re­ally good.

“Be­ing called up was a bit of a weird sit­u­a­tion but it was nice to feel that I be­longed in the side and, hope­fully, I have a few more games to come. I guess ev­ery­one’s striv­ing to aim for the World Cup.”

Ear­lier this month, Lam­monby fol­lowed in the foot­steps of Som­er­set con­tem­po­raries Lewis Gre­gory, Craig and Jamie Over­ton, and Eng­land women’s cap­tain Heather Knight by win­ning the Buller Bowl, a prize handed out to the out­stand­ing young crick­eter of the year, at the Devon Cricket Board awards.

The teenager has bro­ken into the 2nd XI fold in Taun­ton but he has also spent plenty of time hon­ing his craft at Ex­eter CC.

Lam­monby’s fa­ther Glenn, who hails from Perth in Aus­tralia, is a for­mer Ex­eter cap­tain and is also the club’s chair­man of se­lec­tors, paving the way for the Som­er­set young­ster’s in­tro­duc­tion to the game.

“Dad is chair­man of se­lec­tors – that helps me get picked ev­ery week!” he joked. “It was quite a big fac­tor to me get­ting into cricket, him play­ing in Aus­tralia and then com­ing over here.

“I’ve been in­volved in cricket since I was born, so it’s al­ways been part of my life. I used to spend a lot of time down there, and I’m still play­ing there, try­ing to help them win as much as pos­si­ble.

“I feel like I’m pro­gress­ing well, up through the academy sys­tem. Skills take care of them­selves but I’m also learn­ing im­por­tant life skills.

“This win­ter com­ing, the Eng­land stuff is top of my agenda. I’ll look to stick to my strengths and do what works for me, and hope­fully that progresses into a few scores and some wick­ets.”

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