Somerset Seniors slay Welsh Dragon
Somerset Over 50s comfortably beat Wales in an early season 45 over game at North Perrott Cricket Club at the weekend.
Wales won the toss and decided to bat on a typically good looking track. Paul Donovan and Peter Docherty made a brisk start before Alan Wellman (Crewkerne) bowled Docherty with the score on 32.
Byron Jones came in and looked briefly dangerous but soon departed when he hit a low full toss straight back to the grateful Wellman for his second wicket.
Donovan was joined by John Jones and they made good progress, reaching 84 off 19 overs before Jones was caught by Mike Smith (Butleigh) off Clive Hamblin (Frome) for 21.
Somerset increased the pressure with excellent fielding and some tight bowling from Chris Golding (North Curry) 2-37, and especially Hamblin who took 2-17 off only 8 overs. Wales tried to up the tempo with Donovan holding the side together, but he was eventually bowled by Captain Tony Scott (Brislington) in the fortieth over for an excellent 60.
Scott kept the squeeze on with a fine spell of left arm spin to finish with excellent figures of 3-23. There were brief cameos from Paul Keneally 17, and Richard Harris 21, before Craig Dredge (Frome) wrapped things up having Marks stumped by Nigel Belletty. Wales finished all out for 167 with 3 balls remaining.
Somerset started their innings with the skies darkening and soon lost Rob Weight (Valkyres) lbw to the swing and seam of Harris with the score on 11.
Graham Poulton (Baltonsborough) hit four boundaries in a rapid 21 before edging one to slip to give Harris his second wicket. Mike Fear (Horrington) joined Ian Chadwick (Banwell and Churchill) and they made steady progress before the rain came, causing a 20 minute delay.
However, soon after the restart Harris bowled Chadwick off his pads to cap a fine spell of 3 for 16 off 9 overs.
Mike Smith came in and played some good looking shots before edging one behind to see wicketkeeper Nigel Garland take an outstanding one handed diving catch to his right. At 68 for 4 off 21 overs Fear was joined by Golding and they gradually upped the pace with some fine boundaries, the highlight being a huge six over midwicket from Fear. The result never really looked in doubt and they took Somerset over the line with an unbroken hundred run partnership and 4.4 overs to spare, just before the rain returned. Golding finishing with 33 n.o and Fear a magnificent 80 n.o including eleven fours and one six.
Somerset Over 50s next game is a friendly again Dorset at Wimborne on Thursday 7 May 2015.