Big win for Somerset 2nd XI
Somerset declared on their overnight total of 450 for seven ahead of the start of the final day of the 2nd XI friendly match against Nottinghamshire, which was a lead of 246 runs.
The start of play was delayed this morning due to rain but when the players finally took to the field at 11:40am it was Somerset again that were on top. Ollie Sale and Bobby Gamble both struck early to remove the Nottinghamshire openers with just 29 runs on the board in the visitors second innings. By the time that lunch was taken Notts had moved on to 46 for two.
Wickets continued to fall after lunch as Jack Leach followed up his century yesterday with a five wicket haul to see Somerset over the line by an innings and 82 runs. Leach finished with figures of five for 59 from 22.1 overs whilst Tim Rouse claimed three for 30 from 14 overs.
Somerset Second XI Coach Steve Snell said: “It’s always good to win a game like this and I think that the players will have taken a lot from playing here at The County Ground. It’s been a very enjoyable three days and there have been some stand out performances, particularly from Jack Leach. This performance will give him huge confidence and rightly so. It’s a testament to both his ability and his character.
“It was a really good team performance all round. The lads bowled really well in the first innings, especially Bobby Gamble and Ollie Sale. A lot of the players have made contributions over the last three days and Ben Green also deserves a mention for his role in the 200 run partnership with Jack.”
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The Somerset squad for the game was: Adam Hose, Eddie Byrom, Tom Cooper, Alex Barrow, James Regan, Tim Rouse, Sam Underdown, Ben Green, Adam Dibble, Ollie Sale, Bobby Gamble, Jack Leach and Liam Redrup.
Somerset resumed on 194 for three on day two of their three-day friendly match against Nottinghamshire.
Tom Cooper (67*) and James Regan (22*) were the unbeaten batsmen.
Cooper went on to make 71 and Regan 39 before Ben Green (44*) and Jack Leach (31*) ensured that Somerset reached 307 for seven at lunch, a lead of 103 runs.
After the interval both Green and Leach passed the 50 mark as the home side moved on to 364 for seven before rain brought a halt to the proceedings.
The players returned after tea and Somerset reached 450 for seven at the close, a lead of 246 runs with Leach moving on to 123* and Green 89*.
Somerset Second XI got their three-day friendly match against their Nottinghamshire counterparts underway at the County Ground today (Monday).
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat but by lunch they were struggling on 76 for seven.
Three wickets for both Bobby Gamble and Ollie Sale put Somerset very much on top whilst Ben Green claimed the other wicket to fall in the opening session. Alex Barrow was the hero of the morning as he claimed a remarkable six catches.
After lunch the visitors dealt better with the Somerset bowling as Webster and Paul Franks put on nearly 70 for the eighth wicket before the former became Sale’s fourth victim of the innings. Tim Rouse claimed a wicket and then Franks was eventually dismissed for 93 by Liam Redrup as Nottinghamshire were dismissed for 204.
Sale was the pick of the home bowlers as he claimed four for 29 from 10 overs whilst Gamble ended with figures of three for 43 from 14 overs.
When the hosts replied Adam Hose with 41 and Eddie Byrom added 61 for the opening partnership before Byrom was out for 21.
Alex Barrow and Tom Cooper put on 73 for the third wicket before Barrow was demised for 20.
By the close of play Somerset had moved onto 193 without further loss off 44 overs with Cooper unbeaten on 67 and James Regan not out 22.