Depleted Seconds lose at Sussex
Somerset lost their opening Second XI Championship match of the season against Sussex by four wickets.
Fielding a side depleted by the loss of Jamie Overton and Max Waller who both returned to Taunton to prepare for the opening T20 match on Friday, in addition to which Josh Davey was unable to bowl, Sussex chased down 421.
Resuming on the final day on 306 for five, of which Waller had hit 74, Overton 54 an unbeaten 76 from Tim Rouse, 54, Overton 54 and Michael Leask 47, Somerset went onto 36o for six before declaring setting Sussex 421 to win in 87 overs.
Missing the firepower of their main strike bowler and the experience of Davey and Waller the Somerset attack worked hard but Sussex batted well and reached their target for the loss of six wickets with 17 balls to spare.
For Somerset former Cardiff MCCU player Tom Friend ended with three for 104 from his 17.1 overs.
Afterwards a disappointed Steve Snell said: “We played some good cricket for the first two day and a half days which was the frustrating bit. We saw off the new ball on both occasions with Adam Hose and Dan Housego, and George Dockrell played well in the first innings to get his 50 odd.
“We then did brilliantly to see them off in a session with Jamie bowling really well. Nick Harrison bowled nicely as well and Adam Dibble chipped in with a couple.
“The boys batted well second time around in particular Max and Tim Rouse who I had my first real look at. Jamie scored 50 yesterday and at the end Michael Leask hit some big sixes so we could set a good target.
“Everything leading up to us bowling for a second time went well but with Jamie and Max going back to Taunton and Josh unable to bowl we were left with an inexperienced bowling attack,
Steve went on: “In fairness Sussex batted very well and a lot of credit has to go to them, but we didnt have the tools to cope with what was needed.
The Second XI coach added: “It was disappointing and you couldn’t fault the lads for their efforts but they played good counter attacking cricket in the last session to win the game. It was a tough one to lose after dominating for so much of the game.”
The Seconds are next in action when they host Glamorgan in two T20 games at Taunton Vale on Tuesday May 26th before starting a three day game against the same opponents at Vale on Wednesday.
The Somerset squad for this three day game was- Dan Housego, who was formerly with Gloucestershire, Adam Hose, Josh Davey, Michael Bates, Tim Rouse, Max Waller, Sam Wyatt-Haines, Michael Leask (a triallist from Scotland who bats and bowls off spin), Adam Dibble, George Dockrell, Jamie Overton and Nick Harrison.