Former Gloucestershire off-spinner George Drissell enjoying time at Somerset
Former Gloucestershire off-spinner George Drissell will be given further opportunities to relaunch his career with arch-rivals Somerset.
The 22-year-old Bristolian joined the Cider county for the duration of the Royal London Cup and played in five of the eight group matches.
Somerset failed to make the quarter-finals after losing their last three fixtures. But Drissell found himself part of an exciting young side, who produced some vibrant cricket.
His economy rate was a creditable 5.46 runs per over. Now director of cricket Andy Hurry has decided to offer a trial period in second XI cricket up to the end of the season.
Hurry said: “George signed a short-term contract to play for us in the Royal London Cup and fitted well into the dressing room.
“Losing Jack Leach to England and knowing the benefits of having two slow bowlers to take pace off the ball in the middle overs, it was a no-brainer to bring in another spinner.
“George’s contract has now expired, but there are several second XI fixtures coming up, which will give us a chance to assess him further.”
The first of those is against Essex at Taunton Vale, starting next Monday. After that, Somerset travel for Second XI Championship games against Northamptonshire and Hampshire next month.
Drissell, a product of Bedminster Cricket Club, made his County Championship debut for Gloucestershire against Northants at Northampton back in 2017.
He played five more first class games for the club the following year, as well as making his List A debut, and was rewarded with a two-year contract.
But that agreement was not renewed at the end of last season and Drissell is now hoping to make the most of a second chance.
He bowled 13 overs for Somerset in the Royal London Cup, taking two wickets at a cost of 71 runs.
Having seen Dom Bess depart for Yorkshire and Leach continue his Test career with England, Somerset have room to recruit another spinner.
This summer they have relied heavily on young left-armer Lewis Goldsworthy and experienced all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe.
Drissell was one of many young players around the country to find opportunities in this season’s Royal London Cup due to numerous senior county players being involved in the Hundred.
That didn’t stop Somerset supporters flocking to the Cooper Associates County Ground where attendances for the group games were between 3,000 and 5,000.
Hurry said: “The 50-over competition remains hugely popular with our players, staff, members and other followers.
“This year it was enhanced by the amount of young talent on show. The skills required are different from red ball cricket and T20, which makes it an important part of the domestic calendar.”
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