By CONRAD SUTCLIFFE
TORQUAY quick bowler Sonny Baker claimed the wicket one of the best-known names in cricket in his debut haul for Somerset.
The 18-year-old was named in Somerset’s side for the three-day friendly against Worcestershire at Taunton and marked the occasion with a three-wicket bag.
Baker, who was entrusted with the new ball by skipper Tom Abell, bowled his first three overs without conceding a run and accounted for Cornishman Jake Libby.
After Josh Davey and Lewis Gregory had taken a wicket each, Baker reduced Worcestershire to 24 for four when he trapped Brett D’Oliveira leg-before for nought.
Brett is the grandson of the late Basil D’Oliveria, the Cape Coloured cricketer whose inclusion in an England touring party to South Africa in the winter of 1968-69 caused the cancellation of the tour.
Baker went on to finished with three wickets for 22 runs, the best of Somerset’s bowling figures, as Worcestershire were skittled for 116.
Last man out for Worcestershire was former Devon paceman Charlie Morris.
Mike Pugh, the director of cricket at Torquay CC, said Baker’s hard work since earning an academy contract with Somerset last year is paying off.
“By the looks of it Somerset’s training routines have helped Sonny pick of a few extra yards of pace,” said Pugh.
“Sonny has worked really hard at his game and everyone at Torquay is pleased to see him doing so well against Worcestershire.”
Somerset were 156 for eight in reply at the close of play.