Green signs three-year deal with Somerset

Ben Green - Picture: Pinnacle Photo Agency

EXETER and Devon all-rounder Ben Green has turned his Academy deal with Somerset into a three-year pro contact.

Green, who has been with England U19s for the last week for the one-day series against Sri Lanka, only completed his A-levels at Exeter School earlier this summer.

Somerset have had Green on the books for the last three seasons, monitoring his progress through the England ranks from under-15 level upwards and also in county second team games.Ben Green - Photo: Pinnacle Photo Agency

Green has yet to appear in a First Class game for Somerset, but was in the T20 side that played and lost to Hampshire last month.

Green’s cricketing journey started with village side Clyst St George before he switched to city neighbours Exeter in his early teens.

The dentist’s son from Exmouth was groomed by Devon in his early career and was quick to credit the county for their role in his development.

“So many people have helped me to get to where I am and I’d like to thank them all,” said Green.

“I’ve had a huge amount of support from Devon.  

“What really helped me was playing for Devon in Minor Counties competitions when I was 16.

“I played for Devon before I played for Somerset 2nd XI and that was a big step up from playing in the age groups.  

“That made it easier to make the transition into the second team and that will hopefully help me on my way to playing for the first team.”

Green is the youngest player to make a Minor Counties century for Devon. He was aged 17years 267 days when he scored it against Cornwall last season.

Green has played regularly for Exeter this season – and the club hope to see him in future round his Somerset commitments.

“Ben has worked hard to earn a contract and I am glad we have been able to help him on his way in the game,” said Exeter chairman Julian Smith.

Keith Donohue, Devon’s director of cricket, said: “It was clear from an early age Ben had something about him – you don’t play Minor Counties cricket at 16 if you don’t.

“It is hard work making a career in the game, but from what I have seen of Ben and the way he conducts himself he is well equipped to carve out a career.”