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Caesar surprised by Colts Cup Match display

Making an impression: Caesar has been lauded for his performance at Somerset Cricket Club (File photograph)

Colts Cup Match seems to bring the very best out of Sheldon Caesar.

This year proved to be no exception as the 19-year-old Somerset seam bowler bagged match best figures of four for 16 to help the cup holders retain their title during Sunday’s rain-hit match at Somerset Cricket Club.

Caesar was brought into the attack as first change and bowled a steady line and length throughout his six-over spell.

He was unlucky not to take a wicket in his first over after Nzari Paynter nearly played on and Isaiah Greaves was dropped behind by Jade Morrissey, the wicketkeeper.

The Cardiff Metropolitan University student finally made the breakthrough two overs later when Paynter, the St George’s captain, chopped the ball onto his stumps.

He then had Greaves and O’Shai Darrell caught behind and at mid-off before shattering Chare Smith’s stumps.

It was a fine display with the ball that surpassed Caesar’s expectations.

“I didn’t think my figures were that good,” he said. “I think I outdid myself.

“The pitch was a bit sticky and there was a bit of movement for me which I used to my advantage. I wasn’t trying to over complicate it, I was just giving it my all really to bowl them out.

“I felt I did well. There was a task at hand and I stuck to it and got it done.”

Jermaine Warner, Somerset’s assistant coach, said: “It was nice for Sheldon to come on and answer the call. He had a really, really good day with the ball and bowled really well.”

Caesar also played an integral role in helping Somerset retain the cup last year, bowling an economical spell with the new ball and featuring in a crucial ninth-wicket stand with fellow opening bowler Micah Simons that frustrated St George’s for ten overs.

“I felt I did well last year, too, but this year obviously I took more wickets,” Caesar said.

The promising player plays for Warwick Workmen’s Club and attends the same university in Wales as Bermuda players and Somerset Cup Match duo Chris Douglas and Kamau Leverock.

Caesar and Douglas also both play together in the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire Cricket League with USK Cricket Club’s First XI.

“I usually come on first change for USK CC but I have opened a few times for them,” Caesar said. “The pitches out there give you a true bounce and don’t vary as much whereas Bermuda pitches are up and down. That’s the biggest difference between the pitches out there and here.

“I like playing here because people I know get to watch me. But out there I like it more cricket-wise. It’s a good level and you are learning a lot being in different conditions and playing against people you have never seen before. Here you are playing against the same group of people pretty much your entire career.”

Caesar is studying sports psychology and has not ruled out a professional cricket career.

“Professional cricket isn’t my main focus right now as I’m focusing on my school work,” he said. “I would like to play professionally but it’s not my number one priority right now.

“I’m trying to finish off my schooling first and if the option is there, then I will take it.”