Somerset have released young batsman Young, Sam Young! The 21-year-old right-hander has been at Taunton since he was just ten years of age. He only contributed 73 runs in his eight appearances for the first XI, all of which came in this season’s watered down One-Day Cup… so he’s out! Is that really enough of a sample size from which to judge a player, particularly one that has surely been so heavily invested in for over a decade, one that was a member of England’s Under-19s World Cup squad?
I’m not sure how many runs the likes of Tom Banton or his namesake Tom Lammonby scored in their initial first team appearances but though both have excelled at times, they’ve also experienced some extremely fallow periods of late.
Somerset have also released Ed Byrom meanwhile Steve Davies and James Hildreth (Who I think was dropped for the last game of the season) aren’t getting any younger. Tom Abell, Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton as well as some of the aforementioned players, could quite conceivably receive The Hundred or England call ups… or get injured! Now obviously young Young wouldn’t be a like for like replacement for some of those players but there were teams genuinely struggling to field an XI this season!
Those circumstances (COVID) helped present second chances for players on the county circuit (James Logan, Harry Finch and Dan Lincoln are just some of those that spring to mind). Maybe we haven’t yet seen the last of Sam Young. Maybe we’ll see him again when Young is old!
Disclaimer: After originally scripting but prior to posting this article, Young struck 203 not out in a Somerset 2nd XI game! Prompting a rethink maybe?