SOMERSET'S youthful wicketkeeper James Rew has taken top spot in the LV= County Championship Division One run scoring charts.

The 19-year-old has spent most of this season batting at six, and has been consistently performing well with the bat.

After scoring 77 not out, on Day One of the match against Hampshire on Monday (July 10), Rew moved to a total of 808 runs this season in the competition.

It takes him 49 runs clear of second placed Tom Westley from Essex, and just shy of 200 runs above third placed James Vince.

He has scored four centuries this season already, and could be on track for another one in Day Two of the match being played currently.

Rew learned at the end of play that he is now the leading run-scorer in the Championship. 

He said: “I try not to look too much at statistics, but the lads have been joking about it in the changing room.

“I just try to take every innings as it comes. It was nervy times early doors today and I was in a bit earlier than expected.

If it isn't clear already, Rew continues to demonstrate his huge potential in red ball cricket.

Batting at the other end for large parts of Rew's innings was fellow youngster, Kasey Aldridge, who ended the days play at 55 not out.

The pair showed impressive maturity to put together an unbroken stand of 116 in 26 overs before the weather had the final say with Somerset 196 for five.

Rew added: “I have had a couple of good partnerships with Kasey Aldridge and enjoy batting with him.

“He took pressure off me and put it on them by scoring at around a run a ball for much of his innings.

“That helped me find my rhythm at the other end.”