Young seamer Adam Dibble had double cause for celebration when named in Somerset’s team for the penultimate LV=County Championship game of the season against Yorkshire at Headingley.
The 20-year-old, from Sidmouth, who recently took nine wickets in an innings against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in a second XI fixture, went into only his second Championship match having just signed a new two-year contract.
Dibble, who graduated to the senior ranks through Somerset’s Academy before being awarded his first professional contract two years ago, is now tied to the club until the end of the 2013 season.
He said: “Two years gives me a bit of security so I will be looking to push on now. I think I have a lot of potential and I will be looking to fulfil that.
“Bowling in the first team is very different because the margins for error are much smaller. But hopefully having already played at that level I will be more relaxed against Yorkshire.
“I have performed pretty well for the second team and taken wickets so I’m knocking on the door and can’t do anymore. I have definitely progressed from where I was last year. It has been frustrating to be named in several first team squads and then left out, but I have to be happy with where I am and everything is going in the right direction.”
Somerset’s director of cricket Brian Rose said: “Adam has come on nicely this year. He is getting stronger and has gathered a bit of pace while still swinging the ball away.
“Potentially, within a year or two we would be expecting him to be pressing hard for a regular first team spot. He has put in some exceptional performances for the second XI and bowled well in one-day cricket when given the opportunity so he is already pushing some of our more experienced bowlers.”
Dibble was preferred to the more experienced Gemaal Hussain by Somerset for the Yorkshire game after they dropped Charl Willoughby for the first time in a Championship match since he joined the club in 2006.