Somerset CCC ready as Vitality Blast title defence begins

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Somerset batsman Will Smeed has penned a two-year contract extension ahead of the county’s opening Vitality Blast match of the summer against Essex at Taunton this evening. The 22-year-old will remain with Somerset until the end of 2026, while overseas teammate Migael Pretorius has extended his stay at the club as well.

Smeed has played 52 T20 matches for the Taunton-based outfit, scoring over 1,400 runs in the format at a strike-rate of 152.15, since making his debut in 2020. He also became the first player to score a century in The Hundred, playing for Birmingham Phoenix.

Somerset cricket director Andy Hurry said: “Since becoming a professional, Will has shown that he is an exceptionally talented cricketer, and in a short space of time gained significant experience for someone so young.

“His performances at the top of the order give our innings tremendous impetus and that is such an important part of our
success and requirements in white ball competitions. We are excited to play a key role in Will’s continued development and to seeing him being a key player of our limited-overs cricket for many years to come.”

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Pretorius, meanwhile, will be available to Somerset until July 4. The South African seamer, who has also demonstrated prowess with the bat, was originally signed to play the opening six matches of the Championship season – as a late replacement for the injured Australian Will Sutherland.

That deal ended following the defeat to Durham last weekend, but Pretorius, pictured, will now be eligible for Blast, and County Championship matches against Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire. Since joining Somerset, he has claimed 14 wickets and scored 214 runs, with a best of 77 against Nottinghamshire .

Hurry added: “His attitude and approach has been first class and he has demonstrated on the field that he is a really valuable player and person to have in the group.” Somerset are the defending Blast champions