Somerset 2nds victorious at Essex
Somerset 2nd’s traveled to Chelmsford to take on the Essex 2nd’s in two back to back twenty20 matches. The visitors came away with the four points and beating Essex in both matches with man of the match performances from Somerset’s Adam Hose in the first game and Essex’s Callum Taylor in the second.
Match 1: Somerset 2nd XI win by eight wickets
Somerset 2nd’s won the toss and elected to field in the first of two twenty20 matches being played at Chelmsford today.
Both lineups had a mixture of experience and youth in their sides so the fixtures were likely to be an interesting contest.
Opening the batting for Essex was Pettini and Mickleburgh but Tim Groenewald soon removed the former for a first ball duck to set the tone for the innings to follow. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with only Mickleburgh (52) and Khushi (32) showing any resistance. Essex reached 137 for six from their twenty overs with Tim Groenwald finishing with figures of two for 26 from his four overs. Jack Leach who is back from injury ended with figures of one for 24 from four overs.
Chasing 139 to win, the visitors got off to a flying start thanks to Adam Hose who smashed 66 from 31 balls. His innings was well supported by the top order and the Somerset 2nd’s reached their target in the sixteenth over with eight wickets to spare.
Match 2: Somerset 2nd XI win by two runs
Second time around it was Essex who won the toss and they elected to field in last of these back to back fixtures.
Essex came out out firing and the top order were soon reduced to 53 for three in the eighth over but Alex Barrow (51 form 34 balls) and Josh Davey (42 from 28 balls) put up some strong resistance to see the visitors through to 158 for seven from their twenty overs.
Opening the batting for Essex the second time around, Pettini only faired slightly better when he was caught Hose, bowled Groenewald for four. Despite loosing regular wickets once again, Essex continued to progress and were 84 for four as they approached the halfway stage. Excellent fielding from the visitors reduced Essex to 154 for eight in the nineteenth over with just two balls to go in an innings which saw three run outs.
The visitors held their nerve and saw home the victory by just two runs to claim their second win of the day.
The Somerset squad for the Essex T20′s was- Adam Hose, James Regan, Sam Underdown , Alex Barrow, George Bartlett, Bobby Gamble, Tom Friend, Tim Groeneweld, Adam Dibble, Jack Leach, Liam Redrup and Ollie Sale.