ICC Cricket World Cup Build Up: Pakistan's Clashes with Somerset
Pakistan take on Australia in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup at County Ground Taunton on Wednesday.
This promises to be a titanic battle between the ICC Champions Trophy winners and the current holders of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Ahead of the match we will be taking a look at how Somerset have fared against these two titans of world cricket.
Somerset have faced Pakistan on eleven occasions. Somerset have been victorious twice, Pakistan have won four of the encounters whilst there have been five draws.
The two sides first met in a three-day match at County Ground Taunton in July 1954. The visitors posted a total of 287 for nine declared thanks to 140 from opener Hanif Mohammad whilst Maurice Tremlett took four for 99. Les Angell made 114 as Somerset made 255 all out in reply. In the Tourists second innings they made 263 for six declared whilst the pick of the Somerset bowlers was Mian Yawar Saeed. The man from Punjab claimed four for 54 which was his best haul in First Class cricket.
The next fixture, a one-day match in Taunton in 1958 ended in a draw but the third encounter between the teams saw Somerset win the three-day match by an innings and 86 runs. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat but Bill Alley (four for 22 from 10.5 overs) ensured that the tourists were dismissed for just 99. In reply Graham Atkinson, Peter Wight and Harold Stephenson all scored half centuries as Somerset posted a total of 331 for seven declared. Brian Langford was the pick of the Somerset bowlers in Pakistan’s second innings as his six for 36 helped ensure that the visitors were all out for 146.
1967’s three-day match ended in a draw despite 162 from Roy Virgin and 189 from Mervyn Kitchen whilst Somerset used no fewer than nine bowlers in the game. A close three-day match at Bath in 1974 saw Pakistan win by just five runs. An 18 year old youngster by the name of Ian Botham scored 32 in Somerset’s second innings which at the time was his highest First Class score for the County!
Another big name from Somerset’s history was very much to the fore when the two sides met in a three-day match in 1982. Viv Richards smashed his way to 181 not out in Somerset’s first innings but his efforts were cancelled out by an unbeaten century from Javed Miandad as the game finished in a draw.
Somerset claimed their second win over the tourists five years later when 75 from Martin Crowe, 34 from Steve Waugh and three wickets from Adrian Jones helped us to a 79 run win in this 50 over match.
Pakistan gained revenge for that defeat in 1992 when match figures of eight for 124 from Mushtaq Ahmed helped them to a five wicket victory in this three-day match despite Andy Caddick taking six for 73 in the tourists first innings. Pakistan made in two in a row when they when they came out on top by 105 runs four years later thanks in no small part to 130 from Saeed Anwar in their first innings.
The last time that the sides met in a 50-over match in 2010 as Pakistan won by eight runs despite and unbeaten century from Zander de Bruyn. This match also saw Lewis Gregory make his Somerset debut. The all-rounder showed that he was destined for big things when he finished the match with figures of four for 49 from 10 overs. His first victim was none other than Shahid Afridi!
Somerset last faced Pakistan in a three-day tourist match in Taunton in 2016 which saw Dom Bess, Paul van Meekeren, Tim Rouse and Adam Hose make their First Class debuts. After winning the toss, Misbah-ul-Haq elected to bat. Sizeable contributions from Younis Khan (104), Asad Shafiq (80) and Shan Masood (62) saw the tourists post a total of 359 for eight declared. Van Meekeren was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three for 78.
A sensational spell of bowling from Mohammad Amir helped to ensure that the hosts were dismissed for just 128. Mohammad Amir finished with figures of three for 36 whilst Sohail Khan claimed three for 26.
Batting for a second time Azhar Ali made 101 not out as Pakistan declared on 236 for four. A century from Marcus Trescothick, his 47th for the County, ensured that Somerset held the tourists to a draw.
Tomorrow we will look back at Somerset’s classic encounters with Australia.
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