SONNY Baker has signed his first professional contract with Somerset County Cricket Club.

The 18-year-old, King's College student, has put pen to paper on a two-year deal that will see him ply his trade for the County until at least the end of the 2023 season.

He made his debut for Somerset Second XI in 2019, and this year has played a big role in the Royal London Cup.

Baker said signing his first contract for the club has fulfilled a dream of his.

“Signing for Somerset is incredible. It’s the sort of thing that you dream about," Baker said.

"It’s something I’ve worked really hard for, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Director of Cricket at Somerset CCC, Andy Hurry, is delighted to have secured the services of the young paceman.

“It’s been really exciting to observe the development and performances of Sonny through the Academy programme, Under 18s County Age Group cricket, Second XI cricket, and most recently, the Royal London Cup,” he said.

“I’m delighted that we will have the opportunity to continue to work with him for at least the next couple of years and watch him move closer to achieving his full potential and aspirations.”

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King’s College Director of Sport, Phil Lewis, said Sonny Baker is a role model for all up and coming cricketers.

“Sonny came to us as a very promising youngster and has worked his socks off for this well-deserved success. He has put a huge amount of work into not only his bowling action but also his strength and conditioning," Lewis said.

If there was ever a role model for our younger cricketers to follow it would be Sonny."

Earlier this week Baker received his A level results, you could say it has been a busy week.

“Obviously, we had a game on Tuesday, so I didn’t look at my results until the evening. I’m really pleased with my results which were two As and a B.”