SOMERSET legend Vic Marks spent 2023 in the commentary box at the Cooper Associates County Ground and watched James Rew go from strength to strength.

He thinks that Rew has a very bright future and has already highlighted just how good he is and will be.

"Rew has had an astonishing start to his career and I struggle to find a parallel, such was the consistency of his batting in his first full year as a first team player. He does not quite fit the identikit of a young player of the 2020s.

"Rew has revealed that he has all the shots but he uses them with discretion. In a manner that would have impressed coaches of old he takes his time upon arrival at the crease, confident in his defensive technique. Only when settled do the shots flow."

He added: "Oh and he keeps wicket as well. I watched quite a lot of Somerset’s Championship campaign last summer and I barely noticed him behind the stumps, a very good sign."