Three Somerset signings for former Millfield Cricketers
Three former Millfield cricketers have signed two-year contracts for Somerset County Cricket Club at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
Eighteen-year-olds Sam Young from Radstock, Lewis Goldsworthy from Cornwall and Kasey Aldridge from Bristol have joined the playing staff after progressing through the club’s academy and emerging player programmes. The three players were instrumental to the Meyers XI first team and left Millfield in June 2019.
Millfield Cricket has strong links with Somerset County Cricket Club, with a number of former pupils going on to play for the strong county side, including David Graveney, Robert Turner, Luke Sutton, James Hildreth, Craig Kieswetter, Max Waller and George Bartlett. 370 pupils take part in cricket at Millfield, including 80 girls, with 17 teams in active competition against schools across the region (13 boys and 4 girls).
The school is building a state-of-the-art Indoor Cricket facility, which will include new PitchVision technology on three lanes, a 4G fielding area, three adaptable bowling and batting surfaces, as well as five nets and an expansive 22 metre run-up, and will place the school at the forefront of school and university facilities for cricket. Building work for the new Millfield Indoor Cricket Centre is underway, and the facility will open in the new year.
Millfield’s Director of Cricket, Mark Garaway says, “Its been a real privilege to work with the three players during their time at Millfield, huge congratulations to them for their hard work, ability to challenge themselves and their coaches and in balancing their cricket with their academics and other important aspects of teenage life. Kasey and Sam have been instrumental in numerous National Cup wins and have helped the staff to foster a club-like environment which is felt through all the teams at the school. Lewis has developed rapidly during his Sixth Form years and played a crucial role with both bat and ball in key matches during the U17 and U18 National Cup wins of 2018. It has also been fantastic to work so closely with Somerset and their excellent Academy support staff to optimise the programmes which have supported the five Millfield based Somerset Academy players over the past 12 months.”
Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry, says “We have been extremely impressed by Kasey, Lewis and Sam during the time that they have been with the Somerset Academy and the progress that they have made in the last 12 months has been exceptional. The manner in which they have transitioned from Academy level in to the Second XI has been seamless. Their attitude, application and dedication to succeed is exemplary and we look forward with interest to seeing their progress over the next year.
“Somerset County Cricket Club has a long and successful history of working alongside Millfield School to help produce outstanding young players and we hope that Kasey, Lewis and Sam can follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and cement a place in our First XI for many years to come.”