Former Somerset spinner Dennis Breakwell is a key man behind the emergence of Jos Buttler, Alex Barrow and Craig Meschede as first team players at Taunton.
The popular ex-player is now a coach at King’s College, Taunton, where Buttler, Barrow and Meschede were pupils before joining the Somerset staff.
It was a big day for King’s last week when the trio were all named in Somerset’s team for the LV=County Championship match against Sussex at Hove.
Phil Lewis, director of cricket at the College said: “It was a very proud moment for the school and for all the cricket staff who have had a hand in the development of these young cricketers – especially former Somerset favourite Breakwell.
“Jos, Craig and Alex all played together in the same side at King’s and had a huge amount of success, so it is no surprise to me that they have progressed into the Somerset side this early.”
A year ago Wisden awarded Buttler the coveted title Young Schools Cricketer of the year, in recognition of his achievements in his final season at King’s.
Earlier this year, Barrow was named the leading schoolboy batsman after finishing last season with an average of 160. Meschede was ranked third in the country, with a season’s average of 106.
King’s headmaster Richard Biggs said: “We pride ourselves on being a cricketing school, while also offering a high level of general education, and a variety of other sports.
“Jos and Alex were, for example, also excellent rugby players during their time with us. Success breeds success and we are finding more people contacting us about places at the school as a result of our pupils going on to play cricket for Somerset.”
Biggs is optimistic the production line of players for county cricket won’t end with Meschede.
“We have an excellent 17-year-old batsman named James Regan, who is making a lot of runs for us at the moment, and a number of younger boys showing a lot of promise,” he said.
Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose said: “It must be very unusual for three lads to graduate into first-class cricket from the same school over only a couple of years. King’s College should indeed feel very proud.”