On a sunny Friday evening at the end of May, Somerset’s County Age Group players and guests gathered in the County Room at the Cooper Associates County Ground for the annual Clowance Trust Performance Cricket Dinner.

The Clowance Trust exists to support and promote the sport of cricket at County and Pathway Centre levels in Somerset. This year was the first time this event has included both boys and girls, allowing all in attendance to join together to celebrate and support each others achievements.

County Age Group squad photographs were taken on the outfield, followed by a large group shot of all those present alongside the Somerset County Cricket Club players and coaches and the Royal London One Day Cup.

Somerset captain, Tom Abell, presented caps to the newly selected players for the 2019 season:

U13 Girls – Brooke Whittaker, Camille Collins, Charlotte Lamb, Evie Dixon, Freda Cory, Lola Morland and Poppy Hewitt-Smith

U13 Boys – Findlay Robertson and Henry Sanders

U14 Boys – Dhruv Parashar

U15 Girls – Eleni Francis, Eva Holliwell and Sophie Goodman

U15 Boys – Jacob Brand and Rishi Shimpi

U17 Girls – Joleigh Roberts

Performance Awards were presented by Jack Brooks of Somerset and Rachel Priest of New Zealand and Western Storm to those players who had scored centuries or claimed five wickets during the 2018 season:

Will Creaser 103* vs Dorset

JT Langridge 113 vs Lancashire

Alex Chaffey 5-37 vs Hampshire

Josh Thomas 123* vs Huntingdonshire

Max Horton 7-99 vs Devon

Ben Chaffey 108* vs St Benedicts College, Sri Lanka

Charlie Sharland 115 vs Kingswood School, Sri Lanka & 102 vs Berkshire

Will Chesterman 125* vs Hampshire & 104 vs Gloucestershire

Olivia Hamilton 107* vs Wales

Sophie Hamilton 106* vs St Anthony’s Girls, Sri Lanka

Jodie Filer 5-10 vs Gloucestershire

The presentations were concluded with a new award, the Chris Greetham Fielder of the Year Award, presented by Wendy Greetham. This was won by Harriet Dimdore-Miles.

The evening ended with a Q&A session featuring New Zealand International cricketer and member of Western Storm, Rachel Priest, alongside Somerset players Tom Abell, George Bartlett and Craig Overton. Brian the cat also made an appearance but was not willing to answer questions, content to sit on Craig Overton’s lap and enjoy the limelight!