Somerset Academy batsman Will Smeed, who has been missing from the cricket scene this season after undergoing an operation on his shoulder in the spring, has announced his return in some style.

Last week, the 17-year-old played for the county under-17s in a three day friendly against Gloucestershire at Taunton Vale.

After Somerset won the toss and opted to bat, Smeed walked out to bat when the first wicket fell with the score on 11 to start his time at the crease, where he remained for more than 24 hours.

He went to his 50 off 34 balls and his century came off 95 balls with 16 fours and three sixes.

Smeed went to 150 off 155 balls and the 200 came from 211 deliveries with 25 fours and seven sixes.

By the end of the first day, Smeed was unbeaten on 203.

The following morning, the young right-hander took his own score onto 243, which came off 260 balls with 30 fours and eight sixes, before he was last wicket to fall by which time he had helped to take the total onto 377 off 94.2 overs.

On Monday the youngster, who is tipped for a bright future, continued on the comeback trail with a magnificent unbeaten 185 that enabled Somerset Under-17s to beat Warwickshire at the attractive North Perrott Cricket Club.

Smeed spearheaded the Somerset reply to the visitors 300-5 from their 50 overs set out his stall from the off and, opening the innings, he went to his 50 off 27 balls.

When Somerset lost their second wicket with the total on 96 at the end of the 12th over he was joined by the Under-17 captain, Tom Hall, who is also a team mate of Smeed’s at King’s College.

Smeed continued with his onslaught and went to his century off 59 balls with 14 fours and four sixes.

Hall and Smeed then remained together to see Somerset to an exciting eight wicket victory off 42.3 overs.

Smeed’s unbeaten 185 came off 127 balls and included 19 fours and nine sixes, while Hall, who played the perfect support role, ended 88 not out off 99 deliveries with 13 fours.