26 June 2017
Former King’s College Pupil Eddie Byrom to Play First-Class Cricket
Eddie Byrom looks set to become the latest in a long line of former King’s College pupils to play first-class cricket, when he makes his debut for Somerset CCC in their county championship match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl today.
This will round off a great few weeks for the 20-year-old, who graduated from the Somerset Academy last summer andsigned a two-year contract with the county side last week.
If that wasn’t enough Eddie hit a 62 ball century for Taunton St Andrew’s against Taunton in WEPL Premier Two on Saturday.
Less than 24 hours later the top-order left-handed batsman was travelling to Southampton with the rest of the Somerset squad to make final preparations for the county’s first ever day/night championship match to be played under lights with a pink ball.
Yesterday the former King’s pupil said: “It’s hugely exciting and a massive honour to be given a two-year contract by such an amazing club as Somerset. For my family and for me it’s just a dream come true.
“I’m hoping to be playing for Somerset tomorrow. It will be an amazing debut to be playing under the lights at Hampshire.”
Eddie paid tribute to the help and support he had while he was at King’s:
“King’s is a great cricketing school and to be able to have coaches like Phil Lewis and Rob Woodman there to work with has really helped me along the way and the facilities there are fantastic.
“I am also so grateful to Mr Lewis for introducing me to Somerset to start the whole process. For him to do that for me has been fantastic. He has helped me so much and managed things so that I could go and play for Somerset Seconds – I had to occasionally miss school, but Mr Lewis worked to create a balance, knowing what was best for my development as a cricket player. I am just so grateful to him.”