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James R’s all-round sporting ability was recognised while at King’s Hall School where he excelled at hockey, golf, squash and cricket, and played a key part in helping the School win the English Schools Cricket Association Under 13 title.

While at King’s College, James joined the Somerset Academy at the age of 15, and this cricketing talent has been nurtured and developed with the support of the King’s sports department.

The left-handed batsman/wicket-keeper made his Somerset First XI debut in the Royal London One Day Cup and last winter James represented England with some success at the Under 19 World Cup in the West Indies.

Phil Lewis, Director of Sport at King’s College said: “We’re very pleased for James and delighted that the relationship between King’s College and SCCC continues to be strong.

“James has worked incredibly hard and it’s nice to see that pay off. He’s a highly talented young man and extremely level-headed. He has the perfect amalgamation of the credentials that you would want to see in a top player.

He added: “The next few months will be incredibly important for James. His exams are coming up and he is a top A level student, which is indicative of his character. Andy and Rob Woodman and I will be working together to make sure he gives his exams as much attention as is required, as well as allowing him time to play cricket as much as possible.”

Cricket at King’s has always been at the forefront of the school’s culture and traditions. It currently has the status of being a Centre of Cricketing Excellence.

The school has also been awarded the status of being one of the first MCC Foundation Hubs, an initiative which will allow local young cricketers to access the brilliant coaching and facilities that King’s can provide. It has been a huge success so far and continues to emphasise the school’s growing cricketing reputation.

Both King’s and Somerset County Cricket Club have a long tradition of sporting excellence on the field and have played a vital role in the development of young sportsmen and women in Somerset for over 100 years.

For more information about King’s College, Taunton, please contact the Admissions team on 01823 328204 or visit www.kings-taunton.co.uk.