A Somerset school cricket team has named its captain for the summer season ahead.

North Town School announced the selection of Olivia Tebbutt.

The Year 6 student has been lauded as a role model, displaying exceptional responsibility and dedication in her academic and sporting pursuits.

Olivia is heavily involved with cricket outside school, holding membership at Taunton Cricket Club and being part of the U11s Somerset Girls Pathway squad.

A spokesperson for the school said: "Olivia is a talented member of the club, showcasing exceptional cricketing skills – I know she will be a great leader of the team," praised the unnamed person who provided her information.

School cricket lead, Mr Venning added: "I am incredibly proud of Olivia’s achievements and wish her all the best in her cricketing endeavours with both Taunton CC and Somerset CCC".

Somerset County Gazette: North Town School announced the selection of Olivia Tebbut

On her journey in cricket, the new captain said: "My mum registered me for all stars when I was really little.

"I had tried netball and hockey before this but didn’t enjoy it.

"I then progressed into Dynamos when I was eight-years-old and joined Taunton Cricket Club at Taunton Vale."

She also shared how she values the encouragement and camaraderie she experiences while playing cricket, and how it has helped her make new friends.

As part of her training, Olivia often practices four times a week with her clubs, school, and Somerset Cricket Foundation.

Speaking on her role models, she said: "I really look up to Karla Rose.

"She is one of my hub trainers but also plays for Western Storm.

"I also admire Anya Shrubsole who worked her way up to play for Somerset then via other clubs to play for England before she retired last year," shared the new cricket captain.

Olivia also appreciates her school's effort in making cricket accessible to all children.

She explained: "I love that our school is giving children the opportunity to play cricket which is generally not done in a state school as much."

Olivia plans to continue playing in the pathway and hopes to inspire more girls at North Town to take up the sport.