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- 68.3- Nash 4 off Thomas to backward square sees up the 302 for Sussex - a lead 236.
- 65 gone- 293 for 2.
- 60 overs gone- 279/2
- 55.6 Nash four to backward point off Rehman sees him to his half century off 58 balls with five 4s and a 6.
- 47.5 Machan goes to his century with a single off Myburgh his runs coming from 113 balls with 16 fours.
- Tea- 187/2 off 41 overs - Machan 86 and Nash 14 not out.
- WICKET- Joyce ct Thomas b Trego 66- 150/2- off 35.1. Nash new bat
- 18th over- Rehman into the attack for the first time in the match to Joyce- 56/1
- WICKET- Wells ct Allenby b Thomas 9- 28/1- off 10.3. Machan new bat
- 5th over- Thomas to Joyce from the Som Pav End
- 4th over- Gregory to Joyce from the River End.
- 3 gone- Sussex 12/0, trailing by 54 runs. The players leave the field as lunch is taken at 1:03pm. Wells 3* Joyce 6*
- 2 gone- Sussex 10/0. Alfonso Thomas to continue from the Som Pav end.
- 1 gone- Sussex are 4/0. Second over to be bowled from the River end by Gregory.
- Somerset return to the field, and Thomas bowls the first over from the Som Pav end to Wells.
- 73.4- WICKET- Thomas st Brown b Wells for 4. C Overton unbeaten on 53, while Somerset are 274 ao with a lead of 66.
- 73 gone- Somerset 273/9. Overton received a nasty blow to the head in the previous over, but is up and fine to play on.
- 72 gone- C Overton 50 from 39 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes- Somerset resume on 270/9
- 71 gone- Somerset 260/9
- 70.2- WICKET- Rehman ct Wells b Hobden for 11. Somerset resume on 259/9- New bat Thomas
- 70 gone- Somerset 255/8
- 68.4- 250 up with a single from Rehman
- 68 gone- Somerset 248/8 C Overton 40 Rehman 3
- 67 gone- Somerset 243/8
- 66 gone- Somerset 241/8 C Overton 35 Rehman 1
- 64.3- Overton smashes Magoffin for a huge six over long on. Somerset 238/8. C Overton on 33, Rehman 0
- 63.5- WICKET- Hildreth ct Joyce b Robinson for 82. Rehman new bat. Total 232/8
- 62 gone- A couple of boundaries from Overton brings the total to 221/7
- 61 gone- 203/7
- 59 gone- 201/7
- WICKET- Bates ct Nash b Magoffin 0 - 200/7 - next ball 58.4. Craig Overton new bat
- WICKET- Gregory ct Wright b Magoffin 0- 200/6 off 58.3. Bates new bat
- 200 up- Hildreth single to third man off Magoffin in 58.1
- WICKET- Trego b Robinson 81- 199/5 off 57.4. Gregory new bat
- 150 partnership after Trego takes 4 off Robinson in 56th over
- 55th over- Magoffin to Hildreth from the Som Pav End- 179/4
- Day Three- Game gets underway on time- Somerset resume on 176/4 off 53 overs. Robinson to open the bowling from the River End to Hildreth (63*)- while at the other end Trego will start the day on 71*
- CLOSE of play - 176 /4- off 53 overs, 32 runs behind, Trego unbeaten on 71 and Hildreth not out 63.
- 50 overs gone- 174/4- Trego on 69 and Hildreth 63. Zaidi on at Som Pav End
- 50 up for Hildreth with 2 off Wells from River End 45.4 overs.- 84 balls six 4s and one 6
- 44.5- Hildreth four off Hobden see up the 150 for Somerset.
- Trego back foot drive 4 off Robinson saw up his 50 up off 61 balls with eight 4s and a 6- 36.2
- 6- Trego maximum off Zaidi into the middle of the Somerset Stand- 35.1
- 35 overs gone 101/4
- 34.1- Hildreth single into off side from Hobden returning at the Som Pav End saw up the 100.
- 30 overs gone- 89/4
- 25th -Magoffin back on at Som Pav End
- 24th over- Hobden to Hildreth
- TEA- 60/4 off 23 overs, Hildreth 13 and Trego 10
- 50 up- Trego single from Hobden into off side 21.3
- WICKET- Allenby ct Brown b Robinson 0- 36/4- Trego new bat
- WICKET- Myburgh LBW Hobden 9- 33/3- off 17.1- Allenby new bat
- WICKET- Abell c Brown 16 b Robinson- 33/2 off 16.5- New bat Hildreth.
- 17th over- Robinson back on at Som Pav End- 25/1
- WICKET- Trescothick ct Nash b Magoffin 8- 12/1-10.3. Myburgh new bat.
- Second over- Robinson to Abell
- 3pm- Game resumes- Magoffin to complete his over to Trescothick, tea 4.30pm - 14 overs lost.
- RAIN: Trescothick punches Magoffin down the ground for 4 but the rain has returned and so do the players, 4/0
- Openers Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell are out in the middle, play to resume shortly
- ALL OUT: Thomas ends with 4/46 as Hobden feathers through to Bates to end the innings - 208ao
- WICKET! Gregory gets Wright for 51, top-edging a pull to Thomas - 208/9
- OUT! Important breakthrough for Somerset, Zaidi edges Thomas behind and it is 203/8 here at Taunton
- 12.35. Early lunch being taken.
- Rain stops play- 12.25pm- 187/7 off 76.3 - Wright 36* and Zaidi 7*.
- 75 gone- 182/7
- 70 overs gone- 177/7
- 67th over- Gregory into the attack at the Som Pav End
- After 7 minutes the players return as the rain stops!
- 11.35am- Rain stops play- 163/7 off 65 overs- Wright unbeaten on 21 and Zaidi 1 not out
- WICKET- Magoffin c Trescothick b Thomas 5- 154/7- off 60.6, New bat Syed Zaidi.
- 60 overs 154/6
- Day Two- 57th over Thomas to Wright (9)- 145/6
- CLOSE of Play- 145 for 6 off 56 overs- Wright unbeaten on 9 and Magoffin not out 0.
- WICKET- Ben Brown ct Trescothick b Thomas 9- 138/6 off 52.5. New bat Steve Magoffin
- 50 overs- 133/5
- 49th Thomas on at Som Pav End- 129/5
- WICKET- Cachopa ct Allenby b Trego - 8- 129/5- 47.2- Ben Brown new batsman
- 45 overs gone- 127/4
- WICKET- Wells LBW Trego 54- Trego\'s fourth delivery of the game, 122/4. Luke Wright new bat
- WICKET- Nash bowled Craig Overton 35- 113/3 off 39.6. New bat Craig Cachopa
- 38th- Overton from River End- 105/2
- Play resumes- Gregory to Wells for the 37th.
- Announcement just made that assuming no further rain the game will re-commence at 5.15pm with 20 over still to be bowled.
- 4.25pm- Rain has stopped and the umpires are out in the middle having a look at the conditions.
- 3.45pm- Rain stopped play- 105/2 off 36 overs players left the field again-Wells unbeaten on 48 and Nash not out 27. Tea being taken early.
- 35 overs gone- 103/2
- 100 up- Nash single off Allenby to mid off 31.2
- 30 gone- 90/2
- 29 gone- 86/2- Jim Allenby on at River End
- 25 gone- 81/2
- 24th- Craig completes his over. 25th Thomas on from the Som Pavilion End.
- Game due to commence again at 3pm with 21 overs lost and tea taken at 4.35pm, providing no more rain.
- 1.35pm. All heavy covers still on and the rain has all but stopped but it is likely to be a little while before play resumes.
- Rain stops play again and early lunch is taken at 12.50. Sussex are 72/2 off 23.2 overs, Luke Wells unbeaten on 37 and Nash not out 2.
- 20 overs- 61/2
- WICKET- Machan ct Jim Allenby b Gregory- 0, next ball 56/2- 16.3, Chris Nash new bat
- WICKET- Joyce ct Bates b Gregory- 28- 56/1 off 16.2 new bat is Matt Machan
- 12.09- Rain halted covers coming off and the umpires are out on the pitch. Play will commence at 12.15am.
- 11.55 rain starting to fall the players are leaving the field and the covers coming on- 47/0 off 15 overs.
- 15 gone- 47/0
- 14 gone- 42/0- Lewis Gregory onto bowl in place of Thomas.
- 10 gone- 29/0
- 9 gone- 27/0- Craig Overton on at River End
- 5 overs gone- 8/0
- Second over- Gregory from the River End
- First over- Alfonso Thomas from the Somerset Pavilion End to Ed Joyce
- Somerset won the toss and have decided to field first.
An unbeaten half century from Craig Overton was the highlight of the third day for Somerset in their LV= County Championship against Sussex where by the close the visitors led by 245 runs with eight second innings wickets in hand.
At the start of the day Somerset were all out for the addition of 98 runs which included Overton’s entertaining 44 ball innings, with two sixes, that was certainly appreciated by the 1100 plus youngsters who were at the County Ground taking part in the third School’s Day.
When Sussex batted for a second time they had taken their total onto 311 for two off 73 overs by stumps which included a career best unbeaten 137 from Matt Machan.
Regarding the loss of the last six wickets for 98 this morning James Hildreth, who made 82 in Somerset’s innings said: “No we were not happy with that. I had a chat with the team before the start of this morning and basically said we could get ourselves into a very good position by the end of today, because from where we were yesterday we should have capitalized and shouldn’t be in the position we are in now.
“There are no huge demons in the pitch and if you applied yourself early on and gave yourself a chance there are definitely runs to be had. It’s just getting used to the conditions. The odd ball bounces a little bit and there was a little bit of spin, it’s a little bit tennis bally, but apart from that if you apply yourself there are runs to be had on it.”
Hildy went on: “Certainly turning up today I thought we should have got more runs than we did. We were disappointed as a team to get what we did, but then we did have a lead so there is always hope that you can roll a team with not a huge amount of time in the game and maybe force a result that way, but sitting here now its been quite a disappointing day.”
Talking about Overton’s innings he said: “Craig had in mind how he wanted to play which was a one day mode to try and get some quicker runs and get ahead of the game having lost some time. To be fair he played so well that he might as well play like that most of the time because he hits such a clean ball and in the context of the game at the time that could have been hugely important.”
Referring to the bowling Hildy said: “I feel we started both innings’ well with the new ball and were unlucky in the first innings. I think today there were times where we could have tried to build a little bit more pressure.”
Looking ahead to the morning Hildy said: “It’s kind of dependent on how Sussex are going in terms of setting up a game. The ball is in their court now. We will come at them hard in the morning and see what happens but we will have to see how they go.”
Resuming 176 for four Pete Trego and Hildreth saw the total onto 199 when the former was bowled by Ollie Robinson for 81 off the fifth over of the day.
The fifth wicket partnership between Trego and Hildreth added 163 in 48.4 overs.
Hildreth took a single off Magoffin to see up the 200 but without addition to the total Lewis Gregory was caught by Luke Wright at third slip without scoring. Magoffin struck again with his next ball to dismiss Michael Bates caught by Chris Nash at second slip, which brought Overton to the wicket to join Hildreth.
The former Academy youngster saw off the hat trick ball and then made his intentions clear when soon after blasted a huge six back over the bowlers head much to the delight of the crowd.
After helping to see the total onto 232 Hildreth was caught by Joyce at first slip off Robinson for 82 and then next over Overton hit another huge maximum off Magoffin which sailed over long on.
Abdur Rehman saw up the 250 with a single in the 69th over but after moving onto 11 he was well caught at point by Luke Wells off Michael Hobden.
Overton and Alfonso Thomas added a further 15 to the score before the new batsman was stumped by ‘keeper Ben Brown off Wells for 4, and Somerset were all out for 274, in 73.4 overs, Overton unbeaten on 53.
In the three overs that were bowled before lunch Sussex had moved onto 12 without loss.
After the interval the opening pair took Sussex onto 28 when Wells was caught by Jim Allenby at first slip pushing forward to Thomas for nine.
New batsman Matt Machan joined Ed Joyce and the pair saw up the 50 in the 16th over.
Neither batsmen looked troubled and both went to their half centuries as they added 122 together before Joyce on 66 was caught by Thomas at wide mid wicket off Trego with the total on 150.
By tea time Sussex had moved onto 187 without further loss off 41 overs, a lead of 121 with Machan unbeaten on 86 and Nash 14 not out.
In the seventh over after the break Machan went to his century, his second of the season when he took a single off Myburgh, his runs coming of 113 balls with 16 fours.
At the opposite end Nash was steadily gathering his runs and when he hit Rehman to the backward point boundary off the last ball of the 56th over he went to his 50, which came off 58 balls with five 4s and a 6.
The Sussex pair continued to extend their sides lead and by the close had taken the total onto 311 without further loss of 73 overs, Machan unbeaten on a career best 137 and Nash not out 76.
Day Two Report: Pete and Hildy hold Somerset’s advantage
On a day when 14 overs were lost to the rain unbeaten half centuries from Pete Trego and James Hildreth ensured that Somerset maintained a good position in their match against Sussex who they trailed by 32 runs with six first innings wickets in hand by the close.
After bowling Sussex for the addition of 42 runs in 20.3 overs, Alfonso Thomas ending with four for 46, Somerset looked in trouble at 36 for four before the Somerset fifth wicket pair came to the rescue.
Afterwards Trego said: “In the context of the game our partnership is pretty vital because we were in a bit of trouble so to get to get together and bat with Hildy is always a great pleasure and I always enjoy batting with him. In the past I think we have shared a few partnerships against Sussex and this was much the same and we will be looking to carry on tomorrow.
With the game on a knife-edge if we can get a lead of 50 runs plus then we are right in the game on a cracking wicket.
Talking about his batting strategy he said: “ When I first went out they were bowling very well and I was struggling but fortunately one of their younger players had a crack at me which got my adrenalin flowing and got my hackles up a little bit and I’m still there scrapping at the end of the day, so thanks to him for that.”
Regarding Somerset’s best all round bowling performance Pete said: “Alfonso Thomas was absolutely magnificent and at his best throughout that whole innings and a few of made the comment that we could have probably bowled them out twice in the overs we bowled at them, but to be fair they ground out a useful score.
“Lewis bowled with great pace and then myself with Craig Overton chipped in with Jim Allenby, but Alfonso was definitely the man with the ball and could have taken seven or eight wickets easily himself.”
“Any sort of lead tomorrow will be great , I don’t think the pitch will deteriorate a huge amount, but it has quickened up a bit and there seems to be a bit more bounce in it which brings all our seamers into it and then the way that Luke Wells bowled his leg breaks will bring Abdur Rehman into the game.”
Pete added: “Any lead is crucial and days three and four will be fascinating I’m sure.”
Resuming on 145 for six off 56 overs, overnight batsmen Wells on nine and Steve Magoffin who was yet to get off the mark took the total onto 154 when the latter was caught at second slip by Marcus Trescothick off Alfonso Thomas for five.
New batsman Syed Zaidi survived a chance at slip off Thomas in the 63rd before he had scored a run with the score on 160.
Three runs later at 11.35 the rain started to fall and the players left the field but returned soon after for a further 50 minutes of play during which the Sussex eighth wicket pair took the total onto 187 off 76.3 overs, when the rain started to fall again.
By the time the early lunch was taken at 12.25 Wright had moved onto 39 and Zaidi on seven.
When play resumed at 1.25pm the eighth wicket pair took the total onto 202 when with the first delivery of the third over with the new ball Zaidi was caught by Michael Bates pushing forward to Thomas for 14, which came off 71 balls.
Next over Lewis Gregory had Wright on 51 caught at mid wicket by Thomas off a top edge on 208, and without addition Thomas then had Michael Hobden caught by Bates for no score.
Sussex were all out for 208 off 84.2 overs, Thomas ending with four for 46, Gregory three for 58, bringing his career tally to 99, and Trego two for 32.
Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell had taken the score onto four when the rain fell again and the players left the field.
When the game re-started at 3pm, with the loss of 14 overs the opening partnership took the total onto 12 in the 11th over when Trescothick was caught by Chris Nash at second slip off Magoffin.
Abell and Johann Myburgh added 21 together when the young opener who had moved onto 16 was caught by ‘keeper Ben Brown from an outside edge off Robinson, which made Somerset 33 for three.
Three balls later without addition to the total Myburgh was trapped LBW by Hobden for nine first delivery of the 18th over.
Jim Allenby joined Hildreth in the middle but after seeing the score move onto 36, Allenby was caught by Brown without scoring.
The Somerset fans had something to cheer about when Trego saw up the 50 in the 22nd over with a single into the off side off Hobden and the all rounder remained at the wicket unbeaten on 10 with Hildreth (13 not out) through to tea by which time the total had moved onto 60 for four, still 148 runs behind.
The fifth wicket pair gained more and more confidence as the afternoon wore on and the batting conditions improved in the sunlight and it was Hildreth who saw up the three figures when he took two off Hobden’s first ball after he returned to the attack from the Somerset Pavilion End for the 35th over.
Trego was on the charge and hit the first six of the innings when he deposited Zaidi into the middle of the Somerset Stand, which was much appreciated by the large crowd.
It was the all rounder from Weston who was first to his half century when he played a back foot drive off Ollie Robinson to the boundary in the 37th over, his 50 coming off 61 balls and including eight fours and one six.
Hildreth saw the 150 onto the board with a boundary off Hobden through backward point in the 45th over and in the next took two off Wells to go to his half century which came off 84 balls with six 4s and a 6.
The fifth wicket pair continued to take their runs untroubled and by the close had taken Somerset onto 176 for four off 53 overs- Trego unbeaten on 71 and Hildreth 63 not out.
Day 1 Report: ‘We are in a good position’ says Matt.
On a day when play was limited to 56 overs by the rain it was Somerset who claimed the upper hand as Sussex closed on 145 for six.
After choosing to bat the Somerset bowling unit as a whole gave their best home performance of the season and gave nothing away to the batsmen.
In the first two sessions the bowlers only captured two wickets, but in the final 20 overs they gained their rewards for the pressure that they had created earlier in the day, Pete Trego and Lewis Gregory both ending with two wickets.
After the close Matt Maynard was full of praise for the way that the attack had gone about their business.
“The way that we bowled today was very reminiscent of the way we bowled against Hampshire. We were very disciplined with good skills and the ball was swinging but they didn’t try to get too greedy and try too many things we just kept on trying to hit our lines.
“I don’t think that we got our rewards in the first session but just said to keep on hitting good areas and going past the bat and hopefully find the edge which is what happened and we are in a good position after day one.”
How good or difficult is the wicket?
“Its difficult to say how until we have seen both sides bowling on it but I think it is a very good cricket wicket as we have seen here all the season. It has got grass on it but it hasn’t gone sideways it has just added to the swing that has been there and the guys have looked after the ball.”
After being put in first Sussex openers Luke Wells and Ed Joyce took the total onto 47 without loss after 15 overs when the rain fell, the covers came on and the players left the field.
Play resumed 20 minutes later at 12.15 and the openers saw Sussex onto 56 when Lewis Gregory had Joyce caught by wicket-keeper Michael Bates for 28 pulling.
Gregory struck with his next ball to dismiss new batsman Matt Machan who was caught at first slip by Jim Allenby.
Wells was joined by Chris Nash and the third wicket pair stayed together until 12.50 when heavy rain started to fall and the players left the field for an early lunch with the score on 72 for two off 23.2 overs.
Play resumed after the rain break at 3pm with the loss of 21 overs to the days tally.
Nash and Wells looked untroubled after the break and when Nash took a single off Jim Allenby who had been brought into the attack at the River End, the 100 came up for Sussex in the 32nd over.
The clouds started to gather again and with the score on 105 after 36 overs, the rain started to fall at 3.45pm and the players left the field, the covers were brought back on and an early tea was taken, Wells unbeaten on 48 and Nash on 27.
When play finally resumed at 5.15pm Somerset grabbed the initiative in the final 20 overs of the day claiming four wickets for the addition of 40 runs.
With the score on 113 Nash looked to play Overton off the back foot and was bowled for 35 off the last ball of the 40th over.
Wells was stuck in the late 40s for sometime but eventually went to his half century with a single off Overton in the 42nd his runs coming from 118 balls with nine 4s.
Pete Trego was introduced into the attack for the first time when he bowled the 44th of the day, from the River End and was rewarded with his fourth delivery when he claimed the wicket of Wells LBW for 54 which made Sussex 122 for four.
Trego struck again in the 48th over, this time when Allenby hung onto a catch at first slip to remove Craig Cachopa for eight and Sussex found themselves 129 for five.
There was further joy for the hosts before the end when Alfonso Thomas had Ben Brown caught at second slip by Marcus Trescothick for nine, with the total on 138.
Luke Wright and Steve Magoffin the batted through until the close of play by which time the total had moved onto 145 for six off 56 overs, Wright unbeaten on nine and Magoffin yet to score.
Gregory ended the day with two for 42 off 15 overs while Trego finished with two for 16 off seven.