2nd XI Championship: Somerset beat Essex by nine wickets
A fine performance from the Somerset 2nd XI saw them turn a match that looked like a certain draw in to a victory.
Somerset resumed their first innings on 379 for eight on the third and final day of their Championship match against Essex at Taunton Vale Sports Club. Thanks to a partnership of 176 between Michael Bates and George Dockrell on day two Somerset led by 128 runs. Bates went on to make an impressive 120 before being run out as Somerset were eventually all out for 404.
The home bowlers made early inroads to the Essex second innings as two wickets from Bobby Gamble helped to leave the visitors on 53 for four at lunch. Somerset therefore still led by 100 runs.
After the break wickets continued to fall regularly with Clifford (54) the only batsman to offer any real resistance as Essex were dismissed for 174. Gamble was the pick of the Somerset bowlers as he claimed three for 43 from 15 overs whilst Liam Redrup and Calvin Harrison both claimed two wickets each. There was also a wicket each for Alex Lilley, Dockrell and Joe Gore.
Requiring just 22 for victory the home side reached 25 for the loss of just Eddie Byrom to win the game by 9 wickets. Somerset take 24 points from the match and Essex just six.
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Essex resumed on 251 for nine in their first innings against Somerset on day two of the 2nd XI Championship match at Taunton Vale Sports Club.
However, the visitors were all out without adding to their overnight total as Bobby Gamble trapped Cook lbw to claim his fifth wicket of the innings. Gamble took his five wickets for just 54 runs from 23.2 overs.
In reply Somerset made a solid start as Marcus Trescothick and Eddie Byrom put on 45 for the opening wicket. Byrom was the man to go when he was bowled by Cook for 20. Sam Underdown then came to the crease but was dismissed for three to leave Somerset on 58 for two. However, Trescothick and Tim Rouse ensured that the home side reached tea without further loss.
Trescothick went on to complete his half century but wickets fell around him and the Somerset stalwart was eventually dismissed for 58. 105* from Michael Bates and 95 from George Dockrell ensured that Somerset surpassed the Essex first innings total as they closed on 379 for eight, a lead of 128.
Somerset 2nd XI began a three-day Championship match against their Essex counterparts at Taunton Vale Sports Club on Wednesday.
Having won the toss Somerset elected to field.
Bobby Gamble struck in the opening over when he had Saf Imtiaz caught by Marcus Trescothick for 0 as the visitors found themselves one for one. Gamble also trapped Greg Smith lbw for 20 with the score on 37. Jaik Mickleburgh went on to make 46 before he was caught by Tim Rouse off the bowling of Liam Redrup as Essex reached 79 for three. However, Geoff Dods and Jack Sterland ensured that the visitors made it to the lunch break without further loss with the scoreboard reading 115 for three.
After lunch Essex had reached 149 when Dods was trapped lbw by Lilley for 43. The score had moved on to 214 when Sterland was caught by George Dockrell for 65 to give Gamble his third wicket of the day. Dockrell and Rouse then each grabbed a wicket as Essex were reduced to 218 for seven at tea.
After the break Gamble took his fourth wicket and another scalp for Dockrell meant that Essex finished the day on 251 for nine.