September 20th 2020

Somerset’s Tom Lammonby refused to get carried away despite his incredible 116 on day four of the Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s.

The 20-year-old put Essex’s bowlers to the sword as he scored his third first-class hundred, having only made his debut last month. Lammonby had to negotiate the likes of Jamie Porter, Simon Harmer and Sam Cook – all two-time county champions – on the way to his total.

His knock has given Somerset a chance of being crowned champions heading into the today’s final action (Sunday).

Talking after the close of play on day four, the Devonian said: “It is always nice to score a few runs and contribute to the team against the best opposition. I am pleased with that but there is still a big last day to go to make sure we win the game.”

Lammonby’s sparkling knock included a partner-ship of 105 with fellow opener Ben Green and 50 with captain Tom Abell as he propelled his side into a 191-run lead.

The inexperienced bats-man later paid tribute to his opponents, despite the much-vaunted Essex attack struggling to remove the youngster throughout the day. “I think that has to be the best attack I have faced,” revealed Lammonby.

“The names there are all high-quality bowlers and it’s always nice to contribute with a big innings against such a quality opposition but there’s still a long way to go in this match.”

The left-hander made his senior bow for the Cidermen during last season’s in the Vitality Blast but had to wait until this year’s quickly-assembled Bob Willis Trophy to make his red-ball debut and admitted that his success has taken him by surprise.

“It wasn’t a season where I was worried about con-tributing or trying to get into the first team. “The way I looked at it was I hoped to get an opportunity and take it. “I didn’t think I would be opening the batting. I thought I would be slotting into the middle order some-where.

“But any opportunity at the start of the year would be one I would have taken with open arms so I am very grateful to play for Somerset.” The Taunton-based side head into the final day with all three results possible as the season draws to its conclusion in fitting and thrilling fashion.