Green signs two-year contract extension with Somerset | 'The club has shown faith in me, and I couldn’t be happier'

Ben Green on white ball duty for Somerset against Devon during a pre-season friendly in 2019

DEVONIAN Ben Green has agreed a two-year contract extension with Somerset that ties him to Taunton until the end of the 2023 season.

All-rounder Green, who skippered this season’s Royal London Cup side in one-day cricket, would have been out of contact at the end of the current season.

After committing his future to Somerset, 24-year-old Ben said: “It’s been a good year for me, and to be given a leadership opportunity was amazing. The club has shown faith in me, and I couldn’t be happier.

“I’m trying not to look too far ahead, and I just want to contribute to the team and carry on enjoying my cricket. Hopefully, we can go on to win the two remaining competitions this season and during the next two years I can go on to establish myself as a first-team regular.”

Andy Hurry, Somerset’s director of cricket, said: “Over the last few years, Ben has developed into a genuine, multi-format all-rounder and has demonstrated to us he has got the right temperament, qualities and attributes to also be an effective leader on and off the field.

“Ben has continued to improve year on year since joining the professional staff and we look forward to that growth continuing and we are delighted that he has agreed to extend his contract for a further two years.”

Ben, who represented England at under-15, under-17 and under-19 level, which included a stint as captain, was educated at Exeter School and plays club cricket for Exeter CC.

Green, whose first club was Clyst St George, progressed through the Devon age-group system and spent two years on the Devon EPP before joining the Somerset Academy in the autumn of 2013.

He was selected onto the England Development Programme based at the National Performance Centre during 2013-14 and made his debut as a 16-year-old for Devon CCC in 2014. Green is the youngest player ever to score a century for Devon in Minor Counties cricket.

Green joined the professional staff after graduating from the Somerset Academy in 2016 and made his debut for the county in a T20 match at Hampshire later that year.