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2020-07-13 - 18:30:44  SPORTS | 

JERMEL PROCTOR: A BREATH OF FRESH AIR ON THE CRICKETING HORIZON

Somerset may have lost their initial T20 cricket match of the just commenced season however many supporters and club officials believe they have a secured a long-term, winning hand in the form of youngster Jermel Proctor.

Residing a ‘ball’s’ throw from the west end institution the teenage, pace bowling prodigy has drawn comparisons to late West Indies fast bowler Malcolm Marshall for his ability to generate variations in and movement while maintaining accuracy and guileful disguise, this despite a diminutive frame.

Neither has Proctor’s talent gone unnoticed outside of his home club, with the 14-year-old already a part of the youth national programme. He is also honing further his talent under the guidance of specialist coaching at an English cricket academy.
Somerset’s Cricket Chairman Michael Corday told TNN of Proctor having a true love affair with the game virtually from the moment of his existence, with this passion combined with unyielding dedication to training and practice, combined with purposeful determination sure to carry the young man to great heights of achievement.

“I remember Jermel used to tell us when he was very young: ‘I’m working round Market Place, saving my money and I’m going to go to a cricket school and become a professional cricket player’,” explained Corday. “He said that. He lives for cricket.

“For someone to be that young and so focused on what he wants to do is very refreshing. If he doesn’t make it at a high level, I would be surprised … you will hear a lot of him in years to come.”

Corday further spoke to the on field play of Proctor who he said was able to get the ball to do things that veterans of twice his age would have difficulty mastering. His ability to effect swing movement with remarkable control as well as cleverly his slower ball make Proctor a difficult read for batsmen, so inducing mistakes.

“He’s a Malcolm Marshall type, sort of small in stature but he gets the ball to do things that most guys his age just can’t get it to do,” said Corday. “He’s very committed and loves cricket. Everything is just positive about him.
“He’s a coach’s dream. He’s committed to training sessions and with his attitude he can’t help but get better. That little guy is going to be a phenomenon.”

As an area product Proctor has grown up in Somerset’s youth programme and is now claiming a place among the senior ranks, with a Cup Match place a hopeful destination among many.

He’s with the Under 19 National Team now and at an academy so he’s getting some good coaching,” added Corday. “He’s worked with Jeff (Richardson) and, like I said, he’s not new to us but we need to nurture and guide him and help to continue his development.
“He’s at a cricket school in England so we’re looking for big things from young Proctor.”

While many onlookers have appeared intent on finding out how fast Proctor bowls and if he is a genuine ‘tear away’ type pacer, Corday noted how great speed without control and other technical nuances required with truly great bowling ability was largely useless.

“We’re more concerned with regard to working on technique and ensuring that he gets quality coaching,” he said. “He’s so smart already and a really smart player.
“He has a slower ball already that is completely disguised where you can hardly notice when he bowls the slower one. He’s so accurate …

“Like I said, he’s a bit of a prodigy, who will excite some people.”
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