2nd XI Championship: Somerset win by five wickets
The third and final day of Somerset’s Second XI Championship match against Kent began at Taunton Vale this morning at 11am.
Batting for a second time Kent resumed on 85 for 3 off 26 overs, a lead of 58 runs.
The visitors were eventually dismissed for 213 just before 2:45pm which was a lead of 186 runs. George Dockrell was the pick of the Somerset bowlers with three for 24 from 16.1 overs. Josh Davey, Bobby Gamble and Liam Redrup also claimed two wickets each.
Needing 187 for victory Somerset lost Sam Underdown for 0 with the scoreboard on 9. James Regan then departed for 19 to leave the home side on 38 for two. However 51 from Eddie Byrom and 69 from Alex Barrow helped to ensure that Somerset reached the required total for the loss of just 5 wickets.
Somerset therefore won by 5 wickets and take 24 points from the match whilst Kent claim 8 points.
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The Somerset squad for this game is: Sam Underdown (Academy), Eddie Byrom (Kings College), James Regan, Alex Barrow, Josh Davey, Tim Rouse, Harry Thomas (Kings College), George Dockrell, Tom Friend (Formerly Cardiff MCCU), Bobby Gamble (Loughborough MCCU), Dom Bess and Liam Redrup (both Academy)
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Day two of Somerset Second XI’s three-day Championship match against Kent began on time at Taunton Vale this morning.
Somerset resumed on 27 without loss in reply to the Kent total of 313 for 9 declared.
Openers Eddie Byrom and Sam Underdown took the score to 43 before Underdown was caught by Piers Richardson from the bowling of Sam Weller for 12. James Regan became Weller’s second victim of the morning when he was trapped lbw without scoring. An impressive and swift half century from captain Alex Barrow moved the total on to 148 before he was lbw for 52. Byrom (86*) and Josh Davey (2*) took Somerset to the lunch break without further loss with the score on 159 for three.
After lunch Byrom passed the 150 mark and Tim Rouse added 35 whilst Adam Riley took two wickets for Kent. Byrom was eventually caught by Adam Ball from the bowling of Smith for a superb 179 to leave Somerset on 312 for eight. Tom Friend and Bobby Gamble then ensured that Somerset surpassed the visitors’ first innings total as the home side made it to tea with a lead of eight runs as the scoreboard read 321 for eight.
After tea Somerset were eventually dismissed for 340 with Friend remaining unbeaten on 29*.
The home bowlers made an early breakthrough in the visitors second innings as Nick Selman was bowled by Liam Redrup with the score on 22 whilst a wicket each for Friend and Josh Davey ensured that Kent finished the day on 85 for three which is a lead of just 58 runs.
Somerset Second XI began a three-day Championship match against their Kent counterparts at Taunton Vale today.
Somerset won the toss and elected to field. Bobby Gamble took two early wickets to put Somerset on top as he trapped Sean Dickson lbw with the score on 15 and then had Adam Ball caught by James Regan without the visitors adding to their score. However, Nick Selman (53*) and Zak Crawley (67*) ensured that Kent reached the lunch interval without further loss and the scoreboard read 136 for two at the break.
The two Kent batsmen took the score past 200 with their partnership of 187 before Crawley was trapped lbw by George Dockrell for 105 with the score on 202. Dockrell then struck again as Michael Waller was also out lbw for two as the visitors reached 218 for four. Robert Sehmi failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Alex Barrow from the bowling of Tom Friend as Kent reached 219 for five. The visitors reached tea without further loss and the addition of 29 runs.
After tea Josh Davey took three of the four wickets to fall in the final session of the day as Kent moved on to 313 for nine when the declaration came. Selman remained unbeaten on 140* whilst Davey finished with figures of three for 16 from 7 overs. Gamble also claimed three wickets for Somerset.
By the close of play the Somerset openers Eddie Byrom and Sam Underdown ensured that the home side would start tomorrow on 27 without loss.