Somerset’s young left arm seamer JT Langridge will be heading out to India later this month as part of the 17 strong England Under 19 cricket squad.

The Academy youngster who has played cricket for Ilminster from an early age has described his selection as a dream come true and earlier this week said:

“I got as call 10 days ago telling me that I had been selected for the 17 man squad to go to India for 25 days - Being a seamer going to India I was a bit surprised but very happy to be chosen as there are several others around the ranks already.

“It’s all come about very quickly for me and before the start of the season talking to my friends I put together what would be my dream season which was being selected for the England Super 4s and do well, play for Somerset in the Metro Bank competition, get into the Under 19 squad and now it has all just happened for me, which is just amazing.

“The Super 4s as a whole was really good to me when I was playing against the best in my age group and showed both England and Somerset the level that I can play at and I had a few good games.

“The highlight of my season has to be making my debut playing for Somerset at home against Sussex which was really something very special for me and I got to open the bowling -it was really cool."

However JT attributes much of the success he has enjoyed to Ilminster Cricket Club where he has been playing all of his life.

“Ilminster Cricket Club have helped me 100% and I started playing there when I was five and have been there ever since. They have helped me all the way. They have coached me and given me the opportunities to achieve what I have so I can’t thank them enough.”

JT added: “The aim is to have a successful trip to India and then get selected to go out to play for England in the Under 19 World Cup after Christmas but I taking it one step at a time.”

Meanwhile JT is still at school and after talking with me he returned to his A Level studies at Malvern College.