Praise for Sonny after he plays key role in senior debut for Somerset

Sonny Baker during his senior debut for Somerset.

Sonny Baker during his senior debut for Somerset. - Credit: Somerset Cricket Club

Former Torquay Cricket Club starlet Sonny Baker looks to have a big future after a headline-grabbing senior debut for Somerset.

Baker, 18, who graduated from the Bay's Recreation Ground to Taunton's County Ground last winter, played a key role in Somerset's opening Royal London One-Day Cup victory over Derbyshire this week, taking 3-46 off ten overs with some fiery fast bowling.

Called up because several Somerset stars are playing in the new 'Hundred' tournament, ex-Torquay Boys' Grammar School student Baker grabbed his chance.

He helped to reduce Derbyshire to 36-3 with two early wickets and returned to bowl dangerman Mattie McKiernan for 20 just as he was threatening to inspire the visitors to a 300+ total.

Somerset captain Ben Green declared Sonny 'an amazing talent'.

Somerset captain Ben Green declared Sonny 'an amazing talent'. - Credit: Somerset Cricket Club

They still made 298 all out, but a century by James Hildreth (110) and 57 not out from Cornishman Lewis Goldsworthy led Somerset to a six-wicket win with two overs to spare.

Somerset captain Ben Green, who hails from Exmouth and is another product of Devon colts cricket, said: "Sonny played very well and is an amazing talent.

"He showed everyone what he can do."

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After moving from TBGS to King's College, Taunton, Baker joined Somerset's Academy last November.

He has already played for England's Young Lions South v North team and took 3-22 in an early-season friendly against Worcestershire.

Having bowled with pace and aggression against Derbyshire, there seemed every chance that Baker would keep his place on Somerset's next One-Day group games.

They were at home to Glamorgan yesterday, followed by Nottinghamshire away this Friday and Yorkshire at Taunton on Sunday.