Will­ing and Abell to be a big name

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

WITH his abil­ity with the bat and ball, Fre­man­tle’s Tom Abell has quickly be­come one of the most ex­cit­ing young tal­ents in Premier cricket.

The 21-year-old has ham­mered 541 runs at a touch un­der 50 from 13 first grade games for Fre­man­tle this sea­son.

The Som­er­set prod­uct’s bright sea­son has in­cluded 111 against fel­low fi­nals con­tender Clare­mont-Ned­lands and 112 not-out against Mt Law­ley.

While his tal­ent with bat has been im­pres­sive, his ex­ploits with the ball have proven just as use­ful.

So far this sea­son, Abell has 20 wick­ets at just 16 runs per wicket.

On Satur­day he starred with six wick­ets to halt Perth’s charge to­wards an un­likely win.

Af­ter a ten­ta­tive start to the sea­son, Abell said he had now well and truly set­tled into life in Perth.

“In my first cou­ple of games I started a bit slow,” he said.

“Then the two-day game came along and that suits me, giv­ing me a chance to bat for as long as pos­si­ble.

“Fre­man­tle have been great with me, help­ing me set­tle in, which I think is quite im­por­tant when you come to a club from over- seas. You want to feel com­fort­able within the side.”

The young­ster came to Fre­man­tle with a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion.

He made 95 on his first class de­but for Som­er­set, and last year notched up his maiden cham­pi­onship hun­dred against Hamp­shire in an open­ing stand of 272 with for­mer Eng­land opener Mar­cus Trescoth­ick.

Abell will head home in March, but was keen to help Fre­man­tle se­cure a fi­nals berth.

“That would be a real big thing for the club,” he said.

“I fly back home in March and straight into pre-sea­son.

“I re­ally hope that my ex­pe­ri­ences over here will keep me in good touch for the start of the sea­son at home.”

Pic­ture: Stu Forster

English im­port Tom Abell play­ing for Som­er­set in the English County Cham­pi­onship.

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