GEORGE Bartlett was not supposed to be playing in Somerset's County Championship opener against Kent - but how they are glad he did.

The 21-year-old batsmen missed out on selection in the original 13-man squad but was called back into contention on Thursday evening.

He was then an eleventh hour selection in the starting XI as Somerset opted to play the extra batsmen and leave out a spinner, with Jack Leach on the sidelines.

Bartlett rewarded Somerset with an excellent 63 in the second innings, the only half century of the match, and crucial partnerships with Craig Overton and Jack Brooks swung the momentum back in the home side's favour.

The youngster said: "It was very pleasing. I have played a few games now and there is no better feeling than contributing when the side is under pressure.

"To help the team get a win is awesome.

"Brooksy and I were trying to take it in little steps, five runs at a time. We knew it would be tricky batting last.

"It was special to score my first half century at home - I wanted to perform well in front of our supporters.

"The main aim for me is to keep getting picked. I have to keep performing consistently."