Somerset Under 11s just miss out at King’s College Festival
Somerset Under 11s finished a close second of the four teams contesting the King’s College Taunton Under 11’s Festival that took place recently.
Before the festival commenced Alex Barrow and George Dockrell took time out to talk to and encourage the Somerset squad and host a Q&A session with them.
The first fixture was a unique encounter with California, who were over on their inaugural tour from the United States. After winning the toss California elected to bat and moved effortlessly, and with a great deal of class to 186 before losing their first wicket.
Max Horton (three for 42) was Somerset’s most successful bowler with his off-spin, as their innings closed on 295-4 after 45 overs. Ved Patel batted throughout for a staggering 153 not out.
Despite trying to keep up with the asking rate and losing three early wickets Somerset were all out for 150, Charlie Sharland 37 and James Rew 33 the principal contributors.
On Sunday the opposition were Cambridgeshire, who won the toss and batted. A brace of wickets each for Michael McNee and George Thomas in the space of 10 balls and two wickets for Jack Harding ensured that Cambridgeshire were all out for 191.
A positive Somerset response saw them pass their opponents total with eight overs to spare, thanks in no small measure to Ben Chaffey (60) and James Rew (45*).
The final game of the festival saw Somerset take on Berkshire who won the toss and batted first. After their allocation of overs the Berkshire innings concluded on 201 for seven with two wickets a piece for Joe Seymour and Adi Mishra.
The Somerset reply initially centred around a sound opening partnership of 72 in good time between George Thomas, who was the first to depart for 31, and Joseph Eckland who kept the momentum going after Thomas’ departure and went onto reach 51. James Rew with 39 plus 21 not out from Ben Chaffey then saw Somerset home with 10 balls to spare.
California beat Berkshire in their final match and were crowned champions just pipping Somerset.
The Somerset Under 11 players (pictured with Alex Barrow and George Dockrell) and the management team would like to thank Malcolm Broad and the festival organisers for another superbly run event.