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TWO Devon cricketers are in group of scholars from the Somerset Academy have just arrived in India on a specialist coaching mission.

Devon's Tom Lammonby, Fin Trenouth Lewis Goldsworthy, Charlie Reed and Sam Young, along with Academy graduate and Exeter all-rounder Ben Green, are in Mumbai to hone their skills batting against spin bowling.

The group are accompanied by academy director Steve Snell and Paul Tweddle, the number two and fielding coach.

Snell said it is a chance for the cream of Somerset’s young talent to work on a specific area of the game.

‘It will be a great experience for the boys on and off the field,’ said Snell.

‘I am sure the trip, and being immersed in a country which lives and breathes cricket, will benefit them immensely.’

Somerset trio Louie Shaw, Tom Banton and George Bartlett are already out in India with the Young Lions.

Snell said having five more players testing themselves in sub-continent conditions can only be good for the development of home-grown talent.

‘These opportunities mean a large number of our young players will be exposed to testing, challenging and stimulating challenges away from Taunton,’ said Snell.

‘I believe that high challenge in a variety of environment can only be beneficial for the players that will progress to the first team in the future.’

The Academy Director added: “I really appreciate the backing that Guy Lavender and Matt Maynard have shown this trip.

Snell said Somerset chief Matt Maynard and chief executive were in favour of the coaching trip from the start of the planning process.

He added: ‘It is also brilliant to be able to take Paul Tweddle on the trip.

‘Like myself he is extremely passionate about youth development and furthering his own learning.

‘It will be a great chance for us all to enhance our knowledge, in particular playing and facing top quality spin bowling.’