Cricketer Will Back on the Road to Recovery
King’s College cricketer Will Smeed is finally back on the road to full fitness with a recent display of his cricketing prowess. The 17-year-old, who has played up through the Somerset age groups, made a century for the county second XI in 2018, but then sustained an injury while playing for England Under 19s during the winter. Shoulder surgery in the spring meant that Will had to sadly miss out on the whole of the school’s 2019 fixtures.
However, last week he made an impressive return, playing for Somerset Under 17s in their three-day fixture against Gloucestershire at Taunton Vale.
After Somerset chose to bat, Will walked out, and when the first wicket fell with the score on 11 to start his innings, he remained for more than 24 hours! He went to his 50 off 34 balls with nine 4s and two 6s, and his century came off 95 balls with 16 fours and three 6s. He then went to 150 off 155 balls with 21 fours and three 6s and the 200 came from 211 deliveries with 25 fours and seven 6s. By the end of the first day he was unbeaten on 203.
The following morning the young right hander took his own score onto 243, his highest ever score, which came off 260 balls with 30 fours and eight 6s, before he was the last wicket to fall by which time he had helped to take the total onto 377 off 94.2 overs.
On Monday Will was at it again, this time in a 50-over match against Warwickshire Under 17s at the attractive North Perrott ground. In reply to the visitors 300 for five, Will set out his stall right from the off and led the Somerset response from the front. He went to his 50 off 27 balls with 10 fours and one 6.
Then, when Somerset lost their second wicket with the total on 96 at the end of the 12th over, he was joined by another King's pupil, the Under 17 captain, Tom Hall. Will continued with his onslaught and went to his century off 59 balls with 14 fours and four 6s. Tom and Will then remained together to see Somerset to an exciting eight wicket victory off 42.3 overs.
Will’s unbeaten 185 came off 127 balls and included 19 fours and nine 6s, while Tom, who played the perfect support role, ended not out 88 off 99 deliveries with 13 fours.
We look forward to watching these two young players continue to grow and develop in the final year at King's.
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