Somerset just miss out in thrilling 2nd XI encounter
The equation was very simple at Merchant Taylors’ School today.
Somerset needed five wickets to win their 2nd XI Championship match against Middlesex whilst the hosts required 103 runs.
A dramatic second day meant that either side could win this match when play got underway at 11am.
Three wickets from Tom Friend and one from Jack Leach brought Somerset to the brink of victory but Steve Snell’s side just couldn’t quite make that final breakthrough as Middlesex reached their target to win by just one wicket.
After the match Steve Snell the Second XI coach said: “It was a great game of cricket but rather galling to lose in the circumstances we did when the last wicket pair added 39, which was disappointing.
“However the lads showed god character to get themselves back in the game after we let ourselves down in the first innings when we didn’t apply ourselves as well as we could.
“Saying that we responded well to bowl Middlesex out for 250 after they were 175 for three was a good turn around and we felt very confident of bowling them out on the last day chasing 150, but sadly it wasn’t to be.
Steve paid special tribute to Jack Leach when he said: “It was great to see Jack Leach bowling again and I don’t think he can have expected to have done as well as he did in the first innings when he took six wickets which was a huge achievement.
“The craft that Jack has got is sublime really. He bowls with a good shape, good bounce and turn on the ball and his first few overs after being out for so long were spot on.”
Steve added: “Jack had a big impact on the game not only with his bowling but with his infectious personality around the group.”
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Returning Somerset spinner Jack Leach impressed with the ball on the second morning of the 2nd XI Championship match against Middlesex.
The hosts resumed on 184 for 3 which was a lead of 10 runs but Leach claimed six wickets to help ensure that Middlesex were all out for 255.
By Lunch on day two Somerset had reached 24 for 1. After the interval Alex Barrow went on to make 76 and Garth Davson 53 as Somerset were all out for 234.
Needing 154 for victory Middlesex had slipped to 51 for 5 at the close as Adam Dibble accounted for both openers and Jake Roberts claimed 3 for 26.
Middlesex enjoyed the better of the opening day of their Second XI Championship match.
After choosing to bat first Somerset were all out for 174. Adam Hose top scored with 42 whilst Adam Dibble (33) and Tom Friend (31) also made important contributions.
Tim Murtagh was the pick of the home bowlers with 5 for 23 from 16 overs.
At Tea on the first day Middlesex had reached 72 for 1 in reply with Jake Roberts taking the wicket when he bowled Nick Gubbins for 17.
By the close Middlesex had moved onto 184 for three off 53 overs, Friend ending with 2 for 39 off 11, while Jack Leach on his return bowled 14 overs, five of which were maidens for 31 runs.
The Somerset squad for the game is- Adam Hose, Hamish Gardiner, Max Waller, James Regan, Alex Barrow, Adam Dibble, Ollie Sale, Jake Roberts, Jack Leach, Tom Friend, Garth Davson and Ben Ladd Gibbon.