Ryan reviews day two
Openers Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell saw Somerset through to the close of play after Lancashire’s declaration meant that the home side had to face six potentially difficult overs on day two of this Specsavers County Championship match.
34 overs were lost to rain between 12.45pm and 4.15pm, with Somerset closing on eleven without loss.
Earlier in the day Liam Livingstone had continued his impressive start to life as a First Class cricketer with an unbeaten 108 as Lancashire reached 493 for nine declared from 151 overs in good batting conditions at the Cooper Associates County Ground. His 152-ball innings including nine fours and two sixes.
He shared 80 inside 19 overs for the ninth wicket with Kyle Jarvis, whose 34 was valuable. Visiting captain Steven Croft fell six short of an eleventh First Class hundred before the rain arrived. His 94 came off 194 balls with eight fours and three sixes but he was caught behind behind by Ryan Davies off Roelof van der Merwe to leave the score at 354 for six after 116 overs.
Earlier, Alex Davies fell in the first over of the day for 32, also caught behind, off the impressive Tim Groenewald.
At that stage, Lancashire had not added to their overnight score of 295, and now they were five down. Only one run came in the first five overs of the day, leaving the visitors out of range of claiming a fourth batting point for reaching 350 inside 110 overs. Both sides missed out on bonus points. Lancashire claimed three batting and Somerset just one bowling as, by that stage, the Red Rose had reached 323 for five.
Neil Wagner and Jimmy Anderson fell before Lancashire reached 400 – stumped off van der Merwe and caught at second slip off Craig Overton respectively. However, Livingstone was given good support by Jarvis, with the pair sharing a half-century stand for the ninth wicket in the second match running.
Van der Merwe was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, claiming three for 87, whilst there were also two wickets each for Craig Overton, Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald.
Somerset wicket-keeper Ryan Davies took two catches and a stumping in the Lancashire innings and at the close of play said: “Today we were very disciplined and I think the boys stuck in there incredibly well and I think that in the end we got our rewards. Occasionally on the first day we did bowl a little bit short but today we found our length and I think we did incredibly well on that pitch.
“After two days it is still a good batting surface and its one that hopefully I might get a chance to bat on- maybe not tomorrow but the day after! It may have turned a little bit more today but apart from that I think if we can get through the new ball early on tomorrow then we can cash in.”
Talking about his own performance behind the stumps Ryan said: “Its probably the first time that I’ve done 150 overs in the field and it was a case of managing that concentration and focussing on each ball. I’ve got better at switching on and off between balls, because beforehand I was switched on the whole time, but now I think I have got that balance.
“Somerset has been such a good club to come to and the boys have been so welcoming and that’s the main thing. Its like a family here and as soon as I came here I felt part of it which is brilliant for me.”
He added: “Today just showed the way that we are going to fight this year and the determination that we have got as a group means that we can achieve something special.”