JT and Evie honoured at Harry Burden Memorial Lunch

The annual Harry Burden Memorial Lunch was held at the Cooper Associates County Ground recently.

The event is the main fundraising event of the Tony Coles Charitable Trust, which provides grants to clubs and schools specifically to help with the development of youth cricket.

The lunch has taken place annually since the sad passing of Harry Burden from leukemia just before his eighth birthday in 1995.

This year’s special guest was former Somerset and England legend, Andy Caddick. Several members of the Somerset playing and coaching staff were also in attendance, as were former players Peter Bowler and Carl Gazzard.

Every year the Harry Burden Award is presented to a young and upcoming Somerset cricketer, with recent winners including James Rew, George Thomas and Will Smeed.

This year’s winner was JT Langridge.

The Academy youngster, who plays his club cricket for Ilminster, made his Somerset debut this year and also earned a call up to the England Under 19 squad in October.

The Harry Burden Bursary Award, partly funded by Somerset County Sports, was presented to Evie Dixon.

17-year-old Evie attends SGS College in Bristol and plays her club cricket for Bath CC.

The off spinner has been involved with the Somerset Pathway since Under 13 level and made her Somerset debut against Wales in 2023, taking one for 19 from her four overs.

She is also part of the Somerset and Western Storm Emerging Player Programmes.