By RICHARD WALSH
TOM Lammonby was named man of the series after topping the England Under-19 batting averages in their five-match, one,day series against India, which concluded at Taunton on Wednesday.
The 17-year-old, who hails from Exeter and joined the Somerset Academy in 2015 after starring at the Bunbury Festival, said: “It feels incredible to have won this award and playing in all five of these games has just been a surreal experience for me.
“It’s nice to have got some runs and showed some patience this year, but it has all happened so fast and one thing has led to another.”
How did it feel to have played with the three Lions on his chest?
“To have played for the England Under-19s is better than any other standard that I have played before.
“I have played for the 2nd XI and other age-group stuff but this has been really special and I hope that I can have a few more games for England.”
How had it been playing at the Cooper Associates County Ground?
“I played here for Devon on this ground a few years ago but this was really special to get cheered like we did when we walked out onto the pitch.”
Lammonby’s rise through the ranks has been pretty quick.
“I think I was Steve Snell’s first signing on the Academy, and a lot of credit for what I have achieved must go to Steve and the rest of the people who work in the set up and all of the coaches at Somerset.”
Looking ahead Lammonby said: “On Saturday I will be back playing club cricket for Exeter (against Exmouth) and hoping we can get a win because we are fighting a relegation battle.
“Then I am off to the Super 4s next week in Loughborough, where there will be five other Somerset representatives.
“This just goes to shows the ability of the coaches and the quality of the facilities that we have got here at Taunton. Hopefully this will help to make the club successful in future years.”
What about the winter?
“Hopefully if I am selected I will be going to the Under-19s World Cup in New Zealand, which is a nice trip to look forward to.
“Before that there will be a few more training sessions to go to after which we will be trying to win the World Cup.”