Will signs contract extension

Somerset batter Will Smeed has agreed terms on a new two-year contract extension.

The new deal will see him continue to play white ball cricket for the Club until at least the end of the 2026 season.

The 22-year-old Kings College graduate, who plays his club cricket for Bridgwater CC, made his debut for the Somerset Under 10s in 2010 as an eight-year-old and worked his way through the Somerset Age Group sides before joining the Somerset Academy in 2016.

He made his Second XI debut for Somerset against Middlesex at Taunton Vale at the age of just 15 in 2017.

Will made his Somerset First XI debut in the Vitality Blast against Worcestershire at Taunton in 2020 and signed his first professional contract ahead of the 2021 season.

An integral element of Somerset’s Vitality Blast winning side last summer, Will has played in a total of 52 T20 matches for the Club, amassing 1409 runs with an impressive strike rate of 152.15, and in 2022 he became the first batter to score 100 in The Hundred.

After committing his future to the Club, Will said: “I love playing for Somerset and I’ve got a really good relationship with the players, coaches and staff. We’ve got a great group of players here and hopefully last year’s success will be the first trophy of many.

“This is a great squad to be a part of and our number one priority is to win trophies. Winning more trophies is our main goal and it’s mine too. The best feeling in cricket is when the team that you play for does well, and it doesn’t get any better than winning with your best mates.”

Somerset CCC Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry is pleased that Will is remaining at the Cooper Associates County Ground. “Since becoming a professional, Will has demonstrated that he is an exceptionally talented cricketer, and in a short space of time has gained a significant amount of experience through domestic and global opportunities for someone so young.

“His performances at the top of the order give our innings tremendous impetus and that is such an important part of our success and requirements in white ball competitions.

“We are excited to play a key role in Will’s continued development and to seeing him being a key player of our limited overs cricket for many years to come.”