Seconds just miss out in Trophy.
Somerset Second XI just missed out on reaching the finals of the 50 over Trophy competition when they lost out to a strong Durham side by six wickets with two balls remaining in the semi final that was played at Taunton Vale today (Friday).
After being put into bat Somerset lost Eddie Byrom early on before Tim Rouse (18)and Adam Hose added 40 together.
Hose then helped to take the total onto 57 when he was out for 26 and Alex Barrow hit 26 at a run a ball before being out caught behind which made Somerset 83 for four of 19.5 overs
Regan was joined by Josh Davey and the pair started to build a partnership and at the halfway stage the score had moved onto 98 for four.
Davey and Regan added 93 together to take the total onto 176 when Regan perished for 41 in the 38th over.
Davey took his score onto 61 before he was out with the total on 181 in the 39th over, his runs coming off 64 balls with four 4s and one 6.
George Dockrell then hit 29 off 19 balls and with three overs to go Somerset Seconds had reached 246 for eight.
Tim Groenewald blasted 27 off 12 balls and Bobby Gamble 25 off 16 before Somerset were eventually all out for 281 off the last ball of the innings.
Durham openers Keaton Jennings and Phil Mustard got off at a cracking pace and between them added 122 before Dockrell claimed Mustard LBW for 62.
Max Waller accounted for new batsman Callum MacLeod with the total on 152 and on 188 Tim Rouse had Jennings caught by Hose for 86.
Waller returned to the attack to claim his second wicket with the score on 196, but that was Somerset’s final wicket.
With five overs remaining Durham needed 54 off 30 balls and they eventually reached 282 for four with two balls remaining.
Afterwards Second XI Coach Steve Snell said: “We were very disappointed to lose today after an extremely competitive game of cricket, which was exactly what we wanted. Everybody who played in the game got an awful lot out of it and in that respect the 281 we got in the end after being 80 off for four was a good total.
“James Regan and Josh Davey shared a vital partnership for us and played extremely positively when the ball was gripping. Everybody who came in played well, like Alex Barrow who scored a very fluent 26 before he was out caught behind. It just wanted somebody to get a big score but ultimately everyone scored quickly which got us to a competitive total.
Snell went on: “When we bowled we weren’t quite as accurate as we would have liked to have been for the first 10 overs of their innings and Jennings and Mustard who have both played a lot of first team cricket batted well.
“However we then got ourselves into a position when off 12 overs they needed 100 to win we should really have closed the game out, but didn’t quite get the ball in the areas we should have done.
“Stuart Pointer played a good innings for Durham but had we been slightly more accurate in the last 10 overs we would have won quite comfortably so it was very disappointing.”
Snell added “Hopefully the guys will have taken quite a bit of learning from that experience against a strong Durham side and that is what Second XI cricket is all about- development.”
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