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15 August 2017

Former Pupil Tom Returns to Taunton to Play for England

Former King’s College first XI cricket captain, Tom Banton, who left the school at the end of the Summer Term, is returning to Taunton to play for the England Under 19s against India at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Wednesday starting at 11am.

Along with another member of the Somerset Academy, Tom Lammonby, the former KCT pupil will be hoping that the home comforts of Taunton will help England’s Under 19s claim a first win against India at the last attempt tomorrow.

Despite being 4-0 down, England produced their best performance in Bristol on Monday before rain condemned them to an agonising one-run defeat under the DLS Method.

Tom, who made his first two senior appearances for Somerset in this season’s NatWest T20 Blast, had made England’s first half century of the series in the previous match in Hove. Although he was ruled out in Bristol by a minor hamstring problem, the former King’s College pupil is hopeful that he will be fit to return to his home county ground this week.

Tom said: “It would be a great feeling for both me and Tom to represent England at Taunton”.

“It’s been a valuable experience for both of us. The skill level and consistency of the Indians is the best I’ve ever played against. For us as a team it’s excellent to test ourselves – but obviously there’s a negative side to that as well when we lose!"

“There have been glimpses, but we haven’t played to our best, and our consistency hasn’t quite been there. But it was great for me to finally contribute something at Hove. And Tom has been playing as the main all-rounder, and doing really well. Hopefully we can finish things off with a win in Taunton.”

We wish Tom and the team the best of luck in tomorrow’s match.

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