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  Sonny Baker joins the Somerset Academy  

KING'S College cricketer Sonny Baker who has joined the Somerset Academy this autumn.

The 17-year-old, who has played up through the Devon age groups, is a right arm fast bowler and joined King’s in Year 9.

Sonny plays his club cricket for Torquay and made his National Counties debut for Devon in 2020 and his Somerset 2nd Xl debut in 2019.

During 2020 the youngster impressed in a number of matches in the latter part of the summer and his performances culminated in him being selected for the England Development Programme North v South matches.

On signing his Academy contract, Sonny said: “Being signed on to the Somerset Academy has been something I’ve been targeting and working hard for over the last three years. It’s a privilege to be able to train with the Academy boys and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Somerset’s best up and coming players.”

Head of Talent Pathway, Steve Snell said: “Sonny has exhibited some outstanding attributes during the time that we have been aware of him. He possesses some highly exciting skills, such as bowling with pace and bounce, but crucially he has displayed the character traits of someone who is highly motivated to develop himself and to keep pushing himself to improve without prompting.

“Sonny has carved out this opportunity by working hard and smartly on his game for the past few years despite numerous knockbacks and it is a credit to him that he has continued to think about his game and positively impact his own growth. Sonny has asked tough questions of himself on the areas he needs to improve, and he has been proactive about working on them. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with the Devon Pathway and King’s College over the past three years and to watch how both parties have combined with Somerset Pathway Coach Andrew Griffiths to aid Sonny’s development. Everyone connected with Sonny has had such a positive influence on his enhancement as a cricketer and as a young man.”

Sonny has impressed in several school fixtures, demonstrating eye-catching pace and will join the Academy squad with immediate effect and is part of the England Young Lions Development Camps taking place in the winter.

Rob Woodman, Director of Cricket at King’s College is proud of Sonny’s achievements.

“It was a very proud moment for everyone connected with Sonny to hear of his selection on to the Somerset Academy. Sonny has worked extremely hard over a number of years and he has been extremely thoughtful and diligent with his practice. Sonny’s attitude has been highly proactive, and his thoughts and energy are clearly directed towards improving every aspect of himself.

“The cricket coaches and S&C team here at King’s have spent many hours supporting Sonny’s journey and they are likewise delighted he has achieved a place on this hugely successful academy. I’m delighted that our strong links with Somerset and Devon continue to help players fulfil their ambitions in the game. Sonny is one of the first pupils to benefit from our new Cricket Centre and we are so pleased that the huge number of extra hours he has put into his development have paid dividends.”

Sonny’s tutor at King’s College, Dr Rebecca Stone, added: I’m really proud of Sonny, he is a driven and dedicated individual who sets his sights on a goal and then works incredibly hard to achieve it. His signing to Somerset is down to both talent and very hard work! To Sonny’s credit he has managed the commitments of cricket training and matches alongside his Sixth Form studies and continues to achieve highly in his A levels in biology, mathematics and chemistry.”

Sonny follows in the footsteps of the likes of Tom Banton, Jos Buttler and Will Smeed in becoming part of the Somerset Academy and will link up with King’s team mates James Rew, Henry Smeed, Josh and George Thomas and Charlie Sharland who are already members.

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