The Somerset Second XI Championship match against Gloucestershire at Rockhampton last week that ended in a draw featured 196 from Lewis Goldsworthy and 150 from Ben Green.

Goldsworthy is the first player from the Potential Somerset Player Programme (PSPP) who has come onto the staff and in the early days spent a lot of time working with assistant coach Paul Tweddle who was one of the leading lights on the PSPP at that time.

The 21 year old Cornishman said: “It was quite a good wicket - and I spent some good time out in the middle against a decent Gloucester attack.

"I was batting with Ben Green who batted beautifully  and we put on 238 runs for the second wicket together. It was nice to get a few runs to try and keep pushing the guys who are in the first team."

Goldsoworthy’s 196 came from 340 deliveries and saw him spending over six and a half hours at the crease.

He said: “I do like batting in four day cricket, if I get in then I can play a long innings - it seems to suit my temperament.

"I have played a few innings for Somerset now where I feel I have really tried to grind it out and in cricket the longer you are out there then the easier it gets.

“I haven’t had a great start to the year so I see playing in the Seconds as an opportunity to try and put in some big scores and put my name forward for selection.

“I know the lads had a big win over Warwickshire last week and a lot of runs were scored so its not an easy time to break into the side, but all I can do is to try and score as many runs as I can, control the things I can control and hope that it gets me there.

“I have come a long way since I started on the Potential Somerset Player Programme six years ago, when I was coming up to Taunton every Sunday with my Dad in the car, which took two and a half hours each way! 

“I owe a lot to my parents who have supported me so much over the year. But I have grown a lot my cricket has grown a lot and I owe a lot to the coaches here, especially Paul Tweddle who used to travel down to Cornwall to work with me back then.”