Lammonby signs two-year contract with Somerset
By RICHARD WALSH & CONRAD SUTCLIFFE
ENGLAND Under-19 captain Tom Lammonby has put pen to paper on a two-year professional contract with Somerset.
The 18-year-old all-rounder, who has just completed his A-levels at Exeter School, started out in Devon age-group teams aged 10.
Lammonby has been part of the Somerset Academy since autumn 2015, since when he has played regularly for Exeter and in Minor Counties cricket for Devon.
Lammonby had considerable success for England Under 19s against India in 2017, resulting in him being named as England’s Player of the Series.
He was then selected to take part in the Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand, but damaged his hand and had to fly home before the competition began.
Earlier this season Tom scored his maiden century for Somerset in the Second XI Trophy against the Unicorns at Newbury. He followed this up with a half century in the Trophy Final.
He has also recently been named as captain of the England Under 19s for this summer’s series against South Africa.
In his last match for Devon, which was against Wales, Lammonby scored back-to-back centuries. Only three batsmen had achieved that feat in the 117 years Devon have played Minor Counties cricket.
Andy Hurry, Somerset’s director of cricket, dropped into Exeter CC before Saturday’s Tolchards Devon Premier Division game against Hatherleigh to complete the contract signing.
For Lammonby it was a special occasion in more ways than one.
“I am very pleased indeed to have signed a contract to play for Somerset,” said Lammonby. It has been my dream ever since I started to play the game.
“The last two weeks have been such a roller coaster and probably the best of my life so far.
“To cap it all with signing a contract for Somerset at Exeter was special because it’s my boyhood club, where I have grown up playing ever since I can remember.”
Said Hurry: “Tom is a very talented young cricketer who has enjoyed success at every level of cricket he has played.
“He has shown maturity beyond his years, which I witnessed at first hand last summer during the England Under-19 series against India, when he was the standout player.
“Tom is a young player with a very bright future in the game, so we are delighted to have secured his services at Somerset at least until the end of 2020.”
Keith Donohue, Devon’s director of cricket, said it would come as no surprise ro anyone in local cricket circles that Somerset had offered Lammonby a contract.
“Tom is a fine, young player with bags of potential to go a long way in the game,” said Donohue.
“As he matures as a cricketer I am sure he will go from strength to strength.
“I will be interested to see how soon he gets an opportunity in the Somerset side.”
Nigel Ashplant, who was Lammonby’s team manager for two years during his time in Devon age-group cricket, said: “All of us in Devon youth cricket feel proud to see Tom doing well.
“He was always a special talent, that was clear from his very early days with us.
“Word soon got around the county circuit about Tom and from aged 13 upwards his was the wicket our opponents prized most highly.”