THOMAS Rew may well have become the youngest ever player to have scored a century in the Monmouth Scientific Somerset Cricket League when he made an unbeaten 113 to help Taunton St Andrews B to victory over Wembdon 4th XI in Bubble 10 on Saturday afternoon, writes Richard Walsh.

Rew, who is just 12 years old and is allowed to play men’s cricket because he plays for Somerset Under-13s, opened the innings with skipper Stuart Hockey, who had won the toss and opted to bat first at Wembdon.

The youngster, who attends King’s Hall School and is on the Somerset County Cricket Club Emerging Player Programme, shared an opening partnership of 140 with Hockey before the skipper was out for 74.

He then shared a second-wicket partnership with Ashton Norie who hit 31, and remained unbeaten on 113 as Saints closed on 240-4 at the end of their 40 overs.

When Wembdon responded they were restricted to 198-4, with a wicket each for Finley Hedges, Morgan Crouch and Millie Rossiter (who also claimed a run-out), to give Saints victory by 42 runs.

Afterwards skipper Hockey said: “Thomas is a huge talent and batted superbly.

"We are very pleased to have him in at our club and after the way he played on Saturday his name will be down on the team sheet for every game this season.

“When I started to walk out to open with Thomas it dawned on me that I am nearly four times his age!

“Watching him from the other end it was clear to see that he is a technically gifted cricketer.

"It was really impressive to to see the range of shots he was playing for such a young lad and just how well he was timing the ball and hitting the boundaries.

"It was so good to watch him.

The skipper added: “This is Thomas’ second game for the team and last week he was 30 not out, so he hasn’t got an average yet!”