Somerset beat Gloucestershire in Second XI Trophy.
Somerset Seconds booked their place in the semi-finals of the 50 over Trophy competition and a home tie after cruising to an eight wicket victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol CC on Monday.
The rain delayed the start to the game until 4pm but when play got underway in what was deemed to be a 22 over contest after being put into bat Gloucestershire made 144 for eight.
Josh Davey took two for 33 off his five overs, Max Waller two for 22 also off five, while there was one each for George Dockrell, Liam Redrup and Tim Rouse.
The Somerset reply got off to a flying start as Tom Abell and Adam Hose raced the total onto 60 off 4.2 overs, before Hose perished for 51 off just 24 balls with six 4s and three 6s.
Abell then remained at the crease to see his side home, sharing partnerships of 22 with Rouse who made 14 and Alex Barrow who was 16 not out from an unbroken partnership of 65 by the time Somerset reached their target with five overs to spare.
Abell was unbeaten on 51 which came off 44 balls with four 4s.
Afterwards Second XI Coach Steve Snell said: “We won pretty comfortably which was very pleasing after having to wait until 4pm to start.
“We played well once we did get underway and when they batted all of our bowlers did well because there was a short boundary one side to limit them to 144.
“Then Adam Hose played a typically explosive innings at the top with 51 off 24 balls and Tom Abell at the other end showed why he is so well thought of in both forms shared a good partnership with him.When Adam was out Tom stayed out there to see us home.
He added: “The guys have played some good cricket in this competition this year and the young side has earned themselves a home tie in the semi-finals, which is really pleasing.”
The Second XI Trophy semi final which is likely to be against Durham will be played at Taunton Vale on Friday August 21st
The Somerset line up was- Tom Abell, Adam Hose , Tim Rouse, Alex Barrow , Josh Davey, James Regan, Michael Bates, George Dockrell ,Max Waller, Liam Redrup and Sam Underdown.