Somerset 2nd XI win by 3 wickets
Somerset Second XI have come out on top in a dramatic three-day match against their Glamorgan counterparts at the SWALEC stadium in Cardiff.
On day one Somerset won the toss and elected to field but unfortunately the home side made a strong start as openers Wadlan and Housego put on 87 for the first wicket. The former was the man to go when he was bowled by Sam Wyatt-Haines for 43. Housego was eventually dismissed by Ollie Sale for 101 shortly after Wright had been trapped lbw by George Dockrell for 109. This left Glamorgan on 282 for 3. Sale grabbed his second wicket when Milton was caught by Alex Mellor for one with the score on 310. The home side added a further 40 runs before declaring on 350 for 4.
Somerset faced ten overs before the close and openers Mellor and Max Waller saw the visitors to stumps with 34 runs on the board without the loss of a wicket.
On day two the Somerset opening pair added five to the score before Waller was out for 23. Mellor then followed him back to the pavilion with the total on 45 and there was a further blow when James Regan retired hurt on 52. Adam Hose then came to the wicket and despite losing Sam Wyatt –Haines for 5 with the total on 77 and Joel Harden for 4 on 95 he remained unbeaten on 36 at the interval, along with George Dockrell who was not out 17.
After the break Dockrell continued his successful run with the bat and reached his half century. However, on 62 he was out and Somerset found thelseves 186 for five. Dockrell’s partnership with Hose had added 91 in 17 overs. Hose, who batted patiently all the time he was at the wicket was then joined by Adam Dibble and together the pair saw Somerset onto 274 without further loss when they declared.
Hose ended unbeaten on 80 which came off 112 balls, and included 13 fours while Dibble was not out 55 off 61 balls with nine 4s and a six. Their unbroken sixth wicket partnership yielded 88 runs.
Batting for a second time Glamorgan had reached 220 for nine off 51 overs by the close of the second day as Ben Ladd-Gibbon took three for 47, Neil Harrison three for 70 and Sam Wyatt-Haines two for 27.
On day three the hosts resumed their second innings on 220 for 9, a lead of 296 runs but were bowled out without adding to their overnight score. Nick Harrison picked up the wicket to end with 4 for 70. By lunch Somerset had moved onto 121 for the loss of Max Waller (40) and Alex Mellor (7) off 28 overs, still needing 175 for victory.
After the break Hose (84) and Wyatt-Haines (62) steered Somerset towards their required total whilst further runs for both Dockrell (31) and Dibble (24) ensured that Glamorgan would need a miracle to prevent a Somerset victory. At tea Somerset were 292/7 and required 5 more runs for the win.
Sale (5*) and Ladd-Gibbon (8*) ensured that Somerset made it over the line to win a fascinating game by 3 wickets.
After the match a delighted Steve Snell, the Second XI Coach said: “Its been a pretty good result for the boys and I am very pleased with the way that they all played.
“Glamorgan batted well on the first day on a bit of a green wicket and hit 350 for four. We were really happy with our bowlers especially their second and third spells.
“Ollie Sale in particular bowled very well, although his figures don’t particularly reflect that, but he is somebody that Somerset fans will see a bit more of in years to come, although he has still got a lot of work to do to feature in the first team.
“In our first innings we were in a little bit of trouble at one stage, but George Dockrell and Adam Dibble batted nicely and we declared behind so we could have another crack at them.
“We then did brilliantly to bowl them out in the second innings and only a superb last wicket partnership meant we were chasing more than we might have.
“All of the bowlers stuck to their tasks well on day two and Nick Harrison then wrapped the innings up first ball of the final day.
Talking about Somerset’s second innings Steve said: “Chasing 296, Adam Hose laid the foundation and played with a really good tempo throughout the whole game and hit the ball down the ground very well. He was well supported well by Sam Wyatt-Haines, who made his first telling contribution to the season, which will give him a great deal of confidence to build on.”
Steve added: “There were lots of gains and a lot learned by all the guys and this was great preparation for our first championship game at Sussex next week.”
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The Somerset squad for this match was: Alex Mellor, Max Waller, James Regan, Adam Hose, Sam Wyatt-Haynes, Joel Harden, Adam Dibble, George Dockrell, Ollie Sale, Jack Leach, Nick Harrison and Ben Ladd Gibbon,