Promising Cricketer Will Learns from the Best
Will Smeed celebrated completing his GCSEs by playing the biggest innings of his life, scoring his maiden century for the Somerset 2nd XI team in their championship match against Sussex at Taunton Vale.
The 16-year-old, who is currently on the Somerset Academy and has fielded as twelfth man for Somerset on several occasions this season, walked to the wicket when the score was 153 for two at the end of the 38th over.
When he returned to the pavilion, 61 overs and almost four hours later, he helped Somerset onto 416 for 5 and scored 116 off 191 balls with 16 fours and a 6.
During his innings, the right-handed batsman added 92 for the third wicket with Marcus Trescothick, who was making his comeback after being out of action with a foot injury in 19 overs, 70 with Ben Green in 18 overs for the fourth, and 101 in 24 overs for the fifth with Dom Bess.
It is no surprise that Will was very happy when we caught up with him shortly after the close of play.
“It felt pretty good out there for me. It was brilliant to be out in the middle with Marcus when I started my innings because he was just so calm and helpful, and he got me through a bit of a sticky start.
It was such a great help to have him in my ear to keep me going and it was interesting to stand at the other end and watch how he goes about things.
I then had a partnership with Ben Green, and afterwards Dom Bess, who is very positive and scored the main bulk of the runs, letting me score at my own pace, which was nice.
This is by far the best hundred that I have ever scored because this is the highest level of cricket that I have played for Somerset. It is the hardest I have had to work to get a hundred so far.
This is probably my fifth game for the Seconds, and I have also been 12th man in several games so it’s good to be around the pros at the club and I am really enjoying it.”
Former England opener, Marcus Trescothick, said: “Will played really nicely and it was good to get the chance to bat for him for a small part of his innings. He adapted to the situation very well and it is great to see young players like Will, who is only 16, on the Academy coming through.”
He added: “To see him making his first century for Somerset at this level is a really special moment for him and the club. I think Will has a big future ahead of him in the game and we have all said that he has a very good chance of going all the way.”