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William Somerville’s love towards his parents


Bipin Dani

Several rain interruptions in the ongoing Test at the P. Sara Oval here have certainly disappointed the parents of William Somerville. Apparently, no other visiting team member has family here. 

William Somerville with his parents
William Somerville with his parents in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Richard and Diana Somerville, in their first visit to Sri Lanka here arrived with the hope that their 35-year-old off-spinner rattles the home team batting.

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“We never saw him playing the Test match. Last year we went to Abu Dhabi to see him play the first Test against Pakistan but he was not in the final eleven. He, however, played in the 3rd Test by when we had already left”, speaking exclusively, he said.

“He made impressive performance in his debut Test (bowling 4 and 3 wickets in two innings) but we missed watching team winning the Test”.

The parents were not at Galle where the team lost the first Test against Sri Lanka but parents will make a 3-day trip to Galle after the completion of this Test.

William Somerville is very close to his parents. This reporter is a witness to see him seeking blessings of his parents every day before he goes to the ground.

“He is more attached to his mother because of not having a sister. In 2004 he lost his sister in a car accident. He considers life to be very precious”.

Very few may be knowing that William Somerville was an accountant before being an international cricketer.

The family had migrated to Australia, where he was playing for New South Wales. He returned to New Zealand for studies at the Otago University. He completed his graduation in commerce and became an accountant.

“He was coached by Turner and then Mike Hesson”.

William Somerville’s wife (Eleanor) has been his great inspiration. “She is a part-time nurse and has taken a leave to look after two children at home when William is on this tour”, senior Somerville signed off.

William Somerville’s parents at the end of Sunday’s match can take the consolation that his team at this stage cannot lose the Test.

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