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Somerset 324/9 CLOSE Jul 22nd, 18:22

CLOSE of Play- Somerset end the day on 324/9.

Somerset 323/9 off 93 overs Jul 22nd, 18:12

Wicket- Jamie Overton is out LBW to Ed Barnard for a valuable 28. Last man is Jack Leach who walks out to join Josh Davey. 

Somerset 319/8 off 92 overs Jul 22nd, 18:07

Wicket- Craig Overton caught by Mitchell off Ali for 31- an entertaining and valuable innings from the twins.

Somerset 319/7 off 92 overs Jul 22nd, 18:05

50 partnership between the Overtons – the twins are enjoying themselves.

Somerset 314/7 off 91 overs Jul 22nd, 18:01

Craig Overton hits a big 6 off MacGoffin  over the long off boundary that brings up loud applause. The Overtons are enjoying themselves out in the middle.

Somerset 300/7 off 89 overs Jul 22nd, 17:53

Two Craig Overton boundaries on the roll off Pennington sees up the Somerset 300 and another batting bonus point. 

Somerset 271/7 off 85 overs Jul 22nd, 17:36

Jamie Overton off the mark with a boundary off Wood through wide mid wicket.

Somerset 266/7 off 84 overs Jul 22nd, 17:32

Wicket- Abell is out LBW to MacGoffin for 70- good innings by the skipper, now we see Jamie Overton walking out to bat to join his twin brother Craig- always interesting when these two bat together!

Somerset 265/6 from 83.4 overs Jul 22nd, 17:26

SHOT!! Two lovely straight drives from Tom Abell!!

Somerset 259/6 off 81 overs Jul 22nd, 17:14

Wood returns at the New Road End and the new ball has now been taken.

Somerset 259/6 off 80 overs Jul 22nd, 17:12

Craig Overton off the mark with a lofted off drive to the boundary off Moeen.

PHOTO Jul 22nd, 17:06

Somerset 251/6 off 78 overs Jul 22nd, 17:06

Wicket- Trego is out LBW to Ali for 1- hasn’t looked very comfortable sadly from the start. Craig Overton is the new batsman walking to the wicket to joj the captain

Somerset 241/5 off 70 overs Jul 22nd, 16:39

Wicket- the fifth wicket partnership is over as Davies is caught by ‘keeper Davies off Ali for 72- he added 126 with Abell. Pete Trego is marching out to the middle.

ABELL FIFTY!! Jul 22nd, 16:35

Somerset 231 /4 off 68 overs Jul 22nd, 16:31

Abell takes 2 off Moeen into the on side to go to his 50- great innings from the captain and a major contributor to this fifth wicket partnership.

Somerset 215/4 off 64 overs Jul 22nd, 16:16

Davies takes a single off Moeen in the first over following tea to bring up the 100 partnership.

PHOTO Jul 22nd, 16:05

TEA REPORT Jul 22nd, 15:59

Tom Abell and Steven Davies helped Somerset recover from a post lunch double setback with an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 96 in the Specsavers County Championship encounter with Worcestershire at Blackfinch New Road.

England Under-19 paceman Dillon Pennington had swung the game back in Worcestershire’s favour with a burst of two wickets in six balls as he sent back Somerset debutant Azhar Ali and James Hildreth to leave the visitors on 115-4.

But Abell and former Worcestershire player Davies counter-attacked to telling effect and the home side were left to rue a missed opportunity when the former was on 25.

He swept a delivery from Moeen Ali which looked to be heading straight to Joe Clarke at backward square leg but the ball evaded his grasp and bobbled away for a boundary.

Somerset would then have been 140-5 and Abell (49 not out) profited from his let-off as he and Davie (50 not out) lifted their side to 214-4 from 64 overs.

The pre-lunch session had followed a similar pattern with Somerset’s new overseas player Azhar Ali and James Hildreth regrouping for Somerset after Worcestershire had struck a double blow with the new ball.

Steve Magoffin was rewarded for a testing spell with the wicket of Edward Byrom (5) who was caught behind by debutant keeper Alex Milton.

In the next over on loan Nottinghamshire paceman Luke Wood, also making his Championship debut for the County, trapped Marcus Trescothick lbw for six in his first appearance since May after recovering from a broken metatarsal with the total on 11.

Hildreth completed his half century off 72 balls with 10 fours before he and Pakistan batsman Azhar, who has replaced injured Australian Matt Renshaw, departed to Pennington after adding 99.

Azhar (37) pushed forward and nicked through to Milton and then Hildreth (57) shouldered arms and was bowled.

Somerset 214/4 off 64 TEA Jul 22nd, 15:56

Abell has moved onto 49 and Davies is unbeaten on 50 as Somerset go to tea 214/4- an invaluable partnership from these two building on the earlier contributions from Azar and Hildreth. 

DAVIES FIFTY! Jul 22nd, 15:52

Somerset 207/4 off 62 overs Jul 22nd, 15:50

Davies takes a single to backward square to go to a well deserved half century of  72 balls 8 fours and one 6- well batted Steve.

Somerset 207/4 off 62 overs Jul 22nd, 15:50

Davies takes a single to backward square to go to a well deserved half century of  72 balls 8 fours and one 6- well batted Steve.

Somerset 207/4 off 62 overs Jul 22nd, 15:50

Davies takes a single to backward square to go to a well deserved half century of  72 balls 8 fours and one 6- well batted Steve.

Somerset 201 /4 off 60 overs Jul 22nd, 15:41

Abell drives Whiteley to the cover boundary to see up the 200 and a first batting point.

SIX! Jul 22nd, 15:25

Steve Davies plants Moeen Ali into the stands! He goes to 32* and Somerset 180/4

Somerset 165/4 off 53 overs Jul 22nd, 15:12

Fifty partnership between Abell and Davies- well done to both of them- great start now keep it going 

PHOTO Jul 22nd, 15:07

TWEET Jul 22nd, 15:07

Somerset 153/4 off 47 overs Jul 22nd, 14:55

Davies turns Barnard to backward square leg boundary to see up the 150.

Somerset 148/4 off 45 overs Jul 22nd, 14:48

Barnard has a loud appeal for a caught behind off Abell declined by the umpire.

Somerset 148/4 off 45 overs Jul 22nd, 14:47

Davies clips Moeen Ali through the mid wicket boundary.

Somerset 138/4 off 44 overs Jul 22nd, 14:44

Abell moves onto 25 with a sublime cover drive. The captain is going well.

TWEET Jul 22nd, 14:41

Somerset 127/4 off 38 overs Jul 22nd, 14:25

Abell takes three consecutive boundaries off MacGoffin- well batted the skipper.

Somerset 115/4 off 37 overs Jul 22nd, 14:18

Wicket- Hildreth is bowled by Pennington not appearing to play a shot so the ball must have moved for 57. Go0d innings and what was needed by Somerset. Steve Davies comes into play against his home county where he started his career. 

Somerset 110/3 off 35 overs Jul 22nd, 14:08

Wicket- Azhar goes caught by Milton off Pennington for 37- a very good innings during which he added 99 for the third wicket with Hildreth. Well batted Azhar.

Somerset 100/2 off 31 ovrs Jul 22nd, 13:51

Hildreth square drive to the boundary sees up the 100 to warm applause from the crowd who are enjoying themselves.

Somerset 100/2 off 31 ovrs Jul 22nd, 13:51

Hildreth square drive to the boundary sees up the 100 to warm applause from the crowd who are enjoying themselves.

LUNCH REPORT Jul 22nd, 13:11

Azhar Ali marked his Somerset debut by leading a fightback alongside James Hildreth after Worcestershire struck two early blows in the Specsavers County Championship match at Blackfinch New Road.

The Pakistan batsman, who has scored 5,200 Test runs at an average of nearly 45, dug in with Hildreth after Somerset had been reduced to 11-2 after being put into bat.

Hildreth, a century-maker at Taunton in the early season fixture between the sides, was the dominant partner in an unbroken third wicket stand of 84 in 22 overs and by lunch had moved onto 50 out of 95-2 with Azhar 29 not out.

But Azhar, who has replaced the injured Matt Renshaw as Somerset’s overseas player in Championship cricket, provided a solid ally.

Steve Magoffin bowled a testing new ball spell of 6-4-5-1 in which he often beat the bat and was rewarded with the wicket of Edward Byrom (5) who was caught behind by debutant keeper Alex Milton.

In the next over on loan Nottinghamshire paceman Luke Wood, also making his Championship debut for the County, trapped Marcus Trescothick lbw for six in his first appearance since May after recovering from a broken metatarsal.

But Azhar and Hildreth dominated the remainder of the morning with the latter going to his half century shortly before lunch off 72 balls with 10 fours.

Azhar was unbeaten on 29 at that stage.

Somerset 95/2 off 29 overs LUNCH Jul 22nd, 13:02

The hosts certainly got off to a good start but this partnership between Hildreth and Azhar has played Somerset back into the game. Hildreth is unbeaten on 50 while Azhar making his debut for Somerset has looked calm and assured offering solid support to his partner. 

TWEET Jul 22nd, 13:02

HILDRETH FIFTY! Jul 22nd, 13:01

Somerset 91/2 off 20 overs Jul 22nd, 12:58

Hildreth hits Wood into the covers and scampers through to bring up his 50- an important innings especially when he came in at 11/2

Somerset 89/2 from 27.5 overs Jul 22nd, 12:57

This partnership continues to build nicely for Somerset, with Hildreth moving to 49*. Not wishing to jinx him, but he really does make batting look so easy when he plays like this. Azhar Ali at the other end has looked assured

Somerset 83/2 off 27 overs Jul 22nd, 12:56

Hildreth moves onto 45 with consecutive boundaries off Barnard- one through the covers then the next through mid wicket- Go Somerset

Somerset 61/2 off 20 overs Jul 22nd, 12:27

Azhar turns Pennington into mid wicket and runs two to bring up the 50 partnership- well batted Hildreth and Azhar. They have over 26,000 career First Class runs between them!

Somerset 53/2 from 17.5 overs Jul 22nd, 12:16

That’s a fine on-drive from Azhar Ali and the ball races to the boundary! Somerset fighting back after a couple of early wickets – 53/2

PHOTO Jul 22nd, 12:03

Somerset 35/2 off 14.2 overs Jul 22nd, 12:02

Azhar hits Pennington to the cover boundary- his first of the innings as he starts to look a little more comfortable.

Somerset 31/2 off 14 overs Jul 22nd, 12:00

Nice little leg glide to the boundary off Wood from the New Road End takes him onto 18 as the cathedral clock strikes noon.

Someret 22/2 off 13 overs Jul 22nd, 11:56

New bowler Dylan Pennington at the Diglis End bowls a good looking over but Hildreth has the measure of the last ball which he drives to the cover boundary.

Somerset 15/2 off 9.5 overs Jul 22nd, 11:45

Hildreth off the mark when he clips Wood to the third man boundary after a few tentative shots. Azhar yet to get off the mark as he faces MacGoffin from the Diglis End for the 11th

Somerset 15/2 off 9.5 overs Jul 22nd, 11:43

Hildreth off the mark when he clips Wood to the third man boundary after a few tentative shots. Azhar yet to get off the mark as he faces MacGoffin from the Diglis End for the 11th

Somerset 15/2 off 9.5 overs Jul 22nd, 11:43

Hildreth off the mark when he clips Wood to the third man boundary after a few tentative shots. Azhar yet to get off the mark as he faces MacGoffin from the Diglis End for the 11th

Somerset 11/2 off 7.2 Jul 22nd, 11:31

Wicket- Trescothick goes LBW to Luke Wood for 6- much to the delight of the home crowd. Hildreth is the new batsman- be good to have a partnership between him and Azhar- Go Somerset

WICKET: Somerset 11/1 off 5 overs Jul 22nd, 11:26

Byrom is out is out caught by the ‘keeper off MacGoffin for 5 sees new signing Azhar Ali making his way to the wicket- Im sure earlier than he would have hoped.

PHOTO Jul 22nd, 11:19

The sun has crept through here in Worcester and we are greeted with a beautiful scene.

Somerset 9/0 off 4.2 overs Jul 22nd, 11:18

Byrom gets his boundary count off the mark when he glides MacGoffin backward square leg.

Somerset 5/0 Jul 22nd, 11:14

Fine drive from Marcus Trescothick! Don’t forget that you can watch live highlights on this page. If you are on a PC, look to your left. For mobile users, swipe down!

Somerset 5/1 off 3.2 overs Jul 22nd, 11:13

Trescothick finds the boundary for the first time when he drives Wood through the covers- Go Somerset

PHOTO Jul 22nd, 11:10

Somerset 0/0 off 1 over Jul 22nd, 11:05

Loud appeal off MacGoffin’s second ball to Tresocthick is turned down by Rob Bailey. This really is a beautiful place to watch cricket – second only to the Cooper Associates County Ground! A large number of Somerset supporters here in the crowd makes it feel like a home game.

Somerset 0/0 Jul 22nd, 11:00

Underway here at New Road with Marcus Trescothick facing the first ball

LEWIS GREGORY Jul 22nd, 10:57

We are told he has a slight niggle so misses out today unfortunately

SOMERSET XI! Jul 22nd, 10:47

Here is your Somerset team that will take on Worcestershire starting today! Azhar Ali makes his Somerset debut and Marcus Trescothick returns from injury!

PHOTO Jul 22nd, 10:43

WORCESTERSHIRE XI Jul 22nd, 10:41

Mitchell
Head
Moeen Ali
Clarke
D’Oliveira
Barnard
Milton
Whiteley
Wood
Pennington
Magoffin

TOSS Jul 22nd, 10:38

Worcestershire win the toss and elect to bowl first

LIVE STREAM Jul 22nd, 10:28

Unfortunately there will be no live stream for this fixture. Video clips and highlights will be available on this page throughout

PHOTO Jul 22nd, 10:25

PITCH Jul 22nd, 10:23

Here’s a look at the pitch! If you were Tom Abell, would you elect to field first or have a coin toss?

PHOTO Jul 22nd, 10:11

10:07 Jul 22nd, 10:09

Plenty of Somerset support gathering in the ground already here in Worcester. Weather-wise, it is currently cloudy and that is set to remain the case for much of the day

Good Morning! Jul 22nd, 10:01

Hello from New Road! It’s Worcestershire v Somerset today in the County Championship, with play starting at 11am. Join us right here for the latest throughout the day!

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