JT Langridge looks back at Somerset debut

Somerset bowler J T Langridge is likely to remember Friday 11th August for a very long time because thats the day that he  made his Somerset First XI debut in the Metro Bank One Day Cup competition against Sussex in front of his home crowd at Taunton.

The tall 17 year old who is a left arm fast bowler joined the Academy last Autumn and since then has played on several occasions for the Second XI  before playing for Somerset last month in their away matches against Devon and Cornwall.


However on Friday he made his full debut for the county opening the bowling from the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion and taking one wicket for 17 from the three overs he bowled.

It was perhaps appropriate that JT should be making his debut against Sussex because in the past his family has had strong  connections with the south coast county.

Talking immediately after leaving the field JT ( which stands for James Thomas) said : “It was honestly amazing to be out there on the pitch playing for Somerset today. It has been great to be able to spend time with the squad over the last few weeks and I have learned such a lot from them so today it has given me the chance to put that into action.

“I only found out this morning that I was playing and it came as quite a shock. Its been really nice to have played against Sussex and I have had great fun out there. It wasn’t the best that I have bowled but I was really lucky and managed to pick up a wicket. I think I was a bit unlucky not to have got more because on another day the chances may have gone to hand but I’m happy with what I got.

“It was really good to be out playing in front of a big crowd- I really enjoyed it and it was nice to have everyone behind me. Having made my debut and enjoyed the experience it makes me hungry to want for more and Id love to keep playing for the team.”

JT has got one more year left at Malvern College so what are his plans after that?

“I am hoping at the end of my time at school that I will get a contract but at the moment I am enjoying my cricket and taking any opportunities that I get. This is a great competition for youngsters like me to get the opportunity to play county cricket.”

Former Somerset left arm seamer Mark Davis who was commentating on the match for BBC Somerset will have no doubt been delighted with JT’s success.

“Mark Davis was my first coach when I was much younger and has done a lot for me both bowling and batting when I was at Queen’s College so has played quite a big part in helping me.”