New Zealand star becomes the 17th Cuckfield player to play Test cricket

Will Somerville batting for Cuckfield in 2009 season. Picture courtesy of David Reid
Will Somerville batting for Cuckfield in 2009 season. Picture courtesy of David Reid

New Zealand's Will Somerville has made his Test debut, becoming the 17th Cuckfield cricketer to play at the highest level of the game.

Somerville, 34, was called up for the third Test against Pakistan. The Wellington-born off-spinner was drafted into the squad as a replacement after an injury to leg spinner Todd Astle.

Will Somerville bowling for Cuckfield in 2009 season. Picture courtesy of David Reid

Will Somerville bowling for Cuckfield in 2009 season. Picture courtesy of David Reid

He missed out on the first two Tests but was selected for the deciding third Test which the Kiwis won by 123 runs, securing a 2-1 series win.

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Somerville scored 4 and 12 with the bat and took 3-52 and 4-75 with the ball. The Kiwi took 35 wickets and scored 345 runs for Cuckfield in the 2009 season.

Fellow New Zealander was the 16th player when he arrived at Cuckfield in 2017, South African Keshav Maharaj, who played for Cuckfield in 2013, was the 15th.