Tom Banton goes ballistic with 19 and 12-ball half-centuries in the same weekend

The Somerset batsman produced two remarkable knocks while playing for club side Taunton St Andrew's

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Somerset batsman Tom Banton enjoyed a prolific weekend with his club side Taunton St Andrew’s, following a lightning-quick 94 with a 12-ball half-century in successive days over the weekend.

Banton, who has been integral in his county’s march to the Royal London One-Day Cup final, featured in Taunton’s West of England Premier League clash with Bath on Saturday and clubbed his runs in just 41 deliveries.

The 20-year-old hit 11 fours and seven sixes, finishing with 58 per cent of his team’s runs as Taunton were skittled out for 156 to lose by 167 runs.

He reached his fifty in 19 balls on that occasion, but was to go much better the following day.

Lining up against Minehead in a T20 clash at the Wyvern Club on Sunday, Banton took just a dozen deliveries to go to the landmark.

Opening the batting in a chase of 93, Banton hit an unbeaten 68 to guide his side to victory inside four overs without losing a wicket.

Pity the club bowlers who found themselves running in to the youngster.

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