Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Dockrell set to sign for Somerset

Somerset

Ireland spinner George Dockrell is on the brink of joining Somerset after being offered a two-year contract by the LV= County Championship side.

Dockrell, who celebrates his 18th birthday this week, took part in the Somerset warm-up for Sunday's Friends Provident t20 game against Kent Spitfires at Taunton.

"Everyone has been very friendly and it looks like a great place to play cricket," he said. "I'm looking forward to playing my first game for a Somerset XI and hopefully the contract will be sorted out very soon."

He added: "My ambitions are to keep making progress with Ireland, but also to get into a county first team by developing all aspects of my game.

"I've been aware of Somerset's interest since I was 15, but this is the first game I have watched at Taunton. I'm really impressed by the support and the players have been great to me."

Dockrell announced himself with his performances for Ireland in the Twenty20 World Cup with his coolness under pressure.

"Taking three wickets against West Indies gave me a huge boost in confidence," he said.

"I was very nervous before that game, but by the time we came to play England I was a lot calmer.

"I was really happy with how the tournament went for me overall. I was one of the youngest players there, but I tried not to think about that too much."

Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose said: "George will go home and discuss our offer with his parents and we hope to be in a position to make an announcement later this week."

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