OA Tom Banton Hits Century as England Defeat New Zealand

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Former King’s College pupil Tom Banton hit a match-winning 112 to see England to victory over New Zealand in the Under 19 World Cup by 32 runs.

Tom’s 112 off 122 balls, which included ten fours and two 6s enabled England to score 261 for seven, earning him the Player of the Match Award. In reply, the host nation were bowled out for 229, giving England victory by 32 runs and seventh place overall in the tournament.

The 19-year-old top order batsman and wicket-keeper attended King’s between 2015 and 2017 and graduated from the Somerset Academy at the end of last summer, after which he signed a two-year deal with the county.

Tom played for the England U19s last summer, appeared in the home series against India and made his NatWest T20 Blast debut for Somerset against Middlesex, in which he pulled off a sharp leg side, stumping off Michael Leask to remove Dawid Malan.

After his match -winning innings, Tom said: “It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had on a pitch. There was quite a bit of pressure on me when I first walked to the crease.”

“I took my time and just gave myself a chance because I thought catching up at the end would be the best way to score runs. There is no better feeling than scoring a hundred for England.”

Tom added: “The lads have been great this tour and I have enjoyed it very much. Now I cannot wait to get back to Somerset and start the season.”

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