Pre-season Friendly: Somerset v Ireland - Match Abandoned


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1.45- MATCH ABANDONED. Sadly the rain has continued and the match has been abandoned.

12.10- It is still raining here and the umpires have been out with umbrella raised to have a look at the conditions, and announced that there will be no play before lunch which will be taken at the normal time of 1pm.

10.45- Sadly it is still raining so its looking like there will be a delayed start here this morning. Hopefully the rain will stop and we can get underway.

10:37 – Unfortunately more covers are being brought on and it appears we won’t be starting on time

10:24 – The players are out warming up but the covers remain on. No news regarding a start time as yet

09:57 – Good morning from the Cooper Associates County Ground. It is currently spitting with rain but the players are warming up so we are hopeful of seeing some cricket at some stage today. Stay tuned for the latest information


Five wickets from Josh Davey, well supported by Paul Van Meekeren and Tim Groenewald, followed by a big innings from Marcus Trescothick and a half century for George Bartlett put Somerset into an unassailable position in their match against Ireland at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

At the start Ireland lost their remaining seven wickets for the addition of 75 runs in reply to which Somerset scored 240 for three to lead by 435 at the close.

Ireland resumed on 72 for three, Niall O’Brien unbeaten on 12 and Paul Stirling yet to get off the mark, and it didn’t take Davey long to drop back into his rhythm and with the last ball of his first over he removed Stirling’s off stump.

The right arm seamer was relishing the conditions and struck again four overs later, this time bowling Gary Wilson off an inside edge to make Ireland 81 for five.

O’Brien was joined by his brother Kevin and between them they saw up the 100. Niall O’Brien took his runs whenever he could and in the 45th over of the innings he played Tim Groenewald to the third man boundary to go to his 50 which came off 58 balls with eight fours.

Two balls later however the bowler got his revenge when he had Niall O’Brien caught at mid off by Tom Abell without addition to his score.

Three overs later Kevin O’Brien followed his brother back to the pavilion, well caught at fourth slip low down by James Hildreth off the bowling of Paul van Meekeren, which made Ireland 126 for seven.

The flying Dutchman struck again in his next over when he had Simi Singh caught at fourth slip by Jamie Overton for two.

Davey switched to the Somerset Pavilion End and accounted for Barry McCarthy, lbw as he looked to play across the line. It  was the Scotsman who wrapped up the innings when he bowled Peter Chase and Ireland were all out for 147.

Davey ended with five for 29 from 14.4 overs, van Meekeren three for 31 off 11 while Groenewald took two for 28 off 13.

Leading by 195 runs, Marcus Trescothick set out his stall from the start taking a boundary off the last ball of the first over to backward square leg, and two off the second, the first a classic off drive followed by four crashed through mid wicket, both off Chase.

Trescothick raced to his half century when he took a single into the off side off Rankin, his runs coming off 53 balls with nine fours. There was no stopping the left hander and in the space of five balls he hit three boundaries- two off Rankin and one off O’Brien.

At the opposite end Eddie Byrom was timing the ball well, continuing from his first innings and by tea he had helped to move the score onto 122 without loss, Trescothick unbeaten on 87 and Byrom not out 27.

The young opener retired at the interval and after tea George Bartlett came out to resume with Trescothick, who took his own score onto 96 when he was caught down the leg side by ‘keeper O’Brien off Rankin.

Bartlett, who was then joined by Hildreth, hit some clean and crisp shots, the best of which was a big six over the long on boundary from Singh to take him into the 40s. He duly went to his 50 with a single to backward square leg off McCarthy, his runs coming from 79 balls with seven fours and a six.

The third wicket partnership between Bartlett and Hildreth added 89 runs before Bartlett was caught by O’Brien off McCarthy for 55, which made Somerset 225 for three.

Hildreth made getting runs look easy in the early evening sunshine and by the close of play he was unbeaten on 44 while Abell was not out nine.


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18.00- CLOSE Somerset 240/3 leading by 435 Hildreth unbeaten on 44 and Abell not out 9.

17.34- WICKET- Bartlett is out caught by ‘keeper O’Brien off McCarthy for 55 with the score on 225/2. The second wicket partnership with Hildreth added 89.

17.26- Bartlett single to backward square leg off McCarthy sees up his 50- runs coming off 79 balls with seven 4s and one 6. Well batted George.

17.2o- Bartlett enjoying himself and takes a 6 over long on from Singh

17.00- 40 overs of the innings gone and the score has moved onto 189/1 Hildreth unbeaten on 29 and Bartlett not out 28.

16.30- Bartlett sees up the 150 with a drive off the back foot off Rankin in 33rd over.

16.24- Hildreth drives Singh across the mid wicket ropes-he makes it all look so easy.

16.22- Bartlett drives Rankin to the mid wicket boundary- nice crisp clean shot.

16.21- WICKET -Trescothick is caught down the leg side by ‘keeper O’Brien off Rankin for 96 which came off 90 balls and included 17 fours and one 6. Somerser are 136/1 as James Hildreth makes his way to the middle.

16.15- Bartlett off the mark lifts Singh back over his head for 4.

16.00- Eddie Byrom retired at the tea break unbeaten on 27 and was replaced by George Bartlett.

TEA- Somerset end the afternoon session on 122 /0, Trescothick unbeaten on 87 and Byrom 27 not out off 25 overs.

15.28- Cheeky shot from Trescothick who helps a shorter ball from Young over the ‘keeper’s head to the boundary.

15.19- Trescothick crashes a shorter ball from Young to the mid wicket boundary to see up the 100.

15.18- Trescothick 6 over fine leg off Young to move score onto 99 off 19.3

15.07- Trescothick takes three 4s off 5 balls- two off Rankin and one off O’Brien to move onto 64 and Somerset 89/0

15.01- 50 up for Trescothick with a single into the off side from Rankin off 16.1, his runs off 53 balls with 9 fours- a classic innings – well batted.

14.42- Trescothick still going well and has moved onto 43 while Byrom is 14 not out as Somerset have progressed onto 61/0 off 11.5 overs. Both batting well and looking settled- another good start to the innings.

13.58- Another boundary for Trescothick this time an off drive.

13.56- Craig Young from the River End to Trescothick for the second over- 11/0.

13.52- All set for the start of Somerset’s second innings with Chase to bowl to Trescothick from the Somerset Pavilion End- 4 off the first ball to fine leg- great start from the Testimonial Man.

13.12- WICKET- Josh Davey claims his fifth wicket of the innings when bowls Chase for 2 and Ireland are all out for 147 . Davey ends with 5/29 off 14.4 overs. LUNCH

12.58- Dom Bess on at the River End in place of Van Meekeren who has 3 for 31. First time spin has been used by Tom Abell. Play will continue for a further 30 minutes or until the final wicket falls.

12.46- WICKET- McCarthy LBW to Davey playing across the line for 13. 141/9 new batsman is Peter Chase.

12.29- WICKET- Singh is out caught by Overton at fourth slip off Van Meekeren for 2, making Ireland 131/8. Boyd Rankin new batsman. Van Meekeren has now taken 3 for 28 off his 8.1 overs.

12.22- WICKET- Kevin O’Brien has gone well caught at first slip by Hildreth for 8 off the bowling of Van Meekeren – Ireland are now 126/7. Barry McCarthy is the new batsman.

12.06- WICKET- Niall O’Brien is out caught by Abell at mid off from the bowling of Groenewald for 50- 122/6. Simi Singh new batsman.

12.05- 50 up for Niall O’Brien with a boundary to third man off Groenewald his runs off 58 balls with eight 4’s.

11.59- Van Meekeren on at River End  for 44th over- 117/5 to Niall O’Brien who has moved onto 45.

11.48- Groenewald into the attack at the River End replacing Davey whose figures are 3/22 off 11 overs.

11.42- Jamie Overton into the attack in place of Lewis Gregory for the 41st over – 102/5

11.34- Gregory changes to round the wicket to left hander Niall O’Brien.

11.23- WICKET- Wilson is out bowled Davey for 1- another wicket for the seamer who now has the impressive figures of  3/14 off 9 overs, three of which have been maidens. Kevin O’Brien is the new batsman- joining his older brother Niall at the wicket.

11.06- WICKET- Davey strikes when he comprehensively bowls Stirling for 3 with his sixth delivery of the morning. Ireland are now 77/4 off 31.6 overs as Gary Wilson makes his way to the middle.

11.03- Davey to open the attack from the River End -76/3.

10.58- Gregory to Stirling from the Somerset Pavilion End to start the day’s proceedings.

10.54- All set for the off, it may be a little bit cloudy and overcast but play is going to start on time. Ireland will resume on 72/3 Niall O’Brien unbeaten on 12 and Paul Stirling not out 0.

09:09 – Good morning! It’s dry but cloudy here in Taunton ahead of day three. We have had a bit of drizzle earlier but the forecast is set fair for the day. We are set to resume at 11am.


17:56 – OUT! Reward for the consistent Groenewald as Tector feathers an edge through to Davies! Ireland 72/3 and that is the close of play here on day two

17:43 – WICKET! Impressive from Paul van Meekeren as he finds the edge of Balbirnie’s bat, Trescothick does the rest at second slip and Ireland are 61/2

17:24 – Paul van Meekeren into the attack for the first time with Ireland 42/1.

16.52- Tim Groenewald replaces Davey at the River End for the 14th over to Tector.

16.47- Jamie Overton into the attack from Somerset Pavilion End is greeted with loud applause by the crowd who have remained behind to watch the play.

16.43- WICKET- Shannon is out LBW to Davey for 11- Balbirnie is the new batsman walking out to the middle.

16.41- Davey loud appeal for a catch behind off Shannon but sadly declined.

16.32- Gregory beats Shannon twice outside off stump in the ninth over, the second one brings a loud appeal which is turned down.

16.21- Davey looking really threatening from the River End as he beats Shannon outside the off stump.

16.16- Great drive through square cover by Shannon off Gregory- his first boundary.

16.02- Davey to Tector from the River End for second over 2/0.

15.58- Gregory to Shannon from the Somerset Pavilion End.

15.56- Here come the Somerset fielders led by Tom Abell followed by the Irish openers Jack Tector and James Shannon.

15.31- The game will resume at 4pm and Somerset have declared their innings at 342/5. There will be one session of two hours play.

15.26- The covers are coming off suggesting an announcement may not be too far away.

15.15- Here come the umpires for their next inspection- we will update you as soon as there is any news.

15.08- The Somerset players are out playing football on the outfield so things are looking better.

15.00- Jason Kerr and Greg Kennis are out on the pitch and it looks like that they are preparing to warm up the players for the start of play , all of which suggests that we will hopefully see some action later.

14.00- The umpires along with the captains have been out and had a look at the pitch and it has been announced that they will be looking again at 15.15.

09:36 – It’s very wet here in Taunton although the rain has stopped. We are told there will be no play before 2pm at the earliest

09:15 – Good morning from the Cooper Associates County Ground. It’s cold, wet and very dark here at the moment unfortunately. Play unlikely to start on time


A first century for Somerset from Eddie Byrom was the highlight of the opening day of the pre-season match against Ireland at the Cooper Associates County Ground, where by the close of play the hosts had scored 342 for five from 87 overs.

The 20-year-old featured in four major partnerships during his innings, the first with Marcus Trescothick which added 114 for the first wicket, plus the second of 51 with James Hildreth for the third. He added 68 for the fourth with Tom Abell and then an unbroken stand of 96 for the sixth with Lewis Gregory.

At the start of a day, in front of a good sized crowd enjoying the sunshine, Ireland won the toss and elected to field. However, Trescothick was quickly into his stride and after 10 overs the score was 53. The veteran left hander, now in his 26th season, played some classic cover drives and in the 15th over went to his half century off 45 balls with nine fours and one six.

Trescothick continued to look untroubled out in the middle and in the 24th over he took a four off Barry McCarthy to fine leg to see up the 100.

The opener had moved onto 75, but with the score on 114 he was given out LBW to McCarthy, not offering a shot to a ball that came back into him and brushed the back pad.

Three balls later new batsman George Bartlett was caught down the leg side by ‘keeper Niall O’Brien and by lunch the score had moved onto 120 for two off 29 overs, by which time Byrom was unbeaten on 35.

Byrom was then joined by Hildreth who quickly got going, playing one particularly memorable cover drive off James Shannon. Hildreth continued to plunder his runs and when he drove Chase to the mid-wicket boundary he had almost caught up with his younger partner.

However, three balls later Hildreth was out, caught by ‘keeper O’Brien off Chase for 41, which made Somerset 165 for three.

Byrom kept pushing his score along and went to his half century with two to third-man off Kevin O’Brien, his runs coming off 117 balls with six fours.

It was the young opener who saw up the 200 and by the tea interval he and Tom Abell had helped the score onto 231 for three off 60 overs.

The fourth wicket pair had added 68 together when, in the second over after the break, Abell was caught down the leg side by Niall O’Brien off  the bowling of Boyd Rankin for 23.

Steve Davies had scored two when he was out, again caught by O’Brien off McCarthy, which brought Lewis Gregory to the wicket.

The all rounder made his intentions clear from the start when he crashed McCarthy to the cover boundary.

At the other end Byrom went to a well deserved century when he took four off McCarthy to third man, his runs coming off 192 balls with 12 fours.

Gregory struck the ball cleanly and twice in one over he drove Craig Young to the off side boundary to move into the 40s. The all rounder went to his 50 with a single off Singh through the slips, which came off 58 balls with seven fours and a one six.

The sixth wicket pair remained together until the close, by which time Byrom had moved on to 124 while Gregory was not out 54.

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CLOSE OF PLAY- Somerset 342/5 off 87 overs, Byrom unbeaten on 124 and Gregory not out 54.

17.58- McCarthy to bowl the last over of the day to Byrom from the River End with the score on 342/5 off 86 overs.

17.45- The new ball has been taken for the 84th over with the score on 332/5, as Chase bowls to Gregory from the Somerset Pavilion End.

17.42- Gregory goes to his 50 with a single through the clips off Singh his runs coming off 58 balls with seven 4s and a six.

17.18- Gregory is really motoring now and hits Craig Young to the mid wicket boundary in front of the Somerset Stand, a stroke he repeats two balls later to move onto 40.

16.42- Byrom goes to his first Somerset century with a four to third man off McCarthy his runs off 192 balls with 12 x4s. An impressive innings from the 20 year old who remained cool and unruffled throughout. Well batted Eddie-Go Somerset.

16.34- Gregory crashes McCarthy through to the cover boundary- a beautiful shot.

16.22- WICKET- Davies is out caught by Niall O’Brien off the bowling of McCarthy for 2 making the score 246/5 off 64.3 overs. New batsman is Lewis Gregory.

16.10- WICKET- Abell is out caught down the leg side by ‘keeper by Niall O’Brien off Rankin for 23 making the score 233/4. The fourth wicket partnership between Abell and Byrom added 68 runs. Steve Davies is the new batsman.

15.43- Tea time- Somerset have moved onto 231 /3 off 60 overs, Byrom unbeaten on 81 and Abell not out 23. Another good session for Somerset who have added 111 runs during the session for the loss of one wicket.

15.36- Abell straight drive to the boundary off Singh takes him onto 21 and the score 226/3 off 58.4 overs.

15.15- Byrom takes a single off Simi Singh who has joined the attack from the River End for the 53rd over to see up the 200.

14.42- Abell off the mark with a boundary through mid wicket off McCarthy.

14.34- Byrom takes a boundary off Kevin O’Brien to move to 49 off 42.5 overs and following ball takes 2 to third man to bring up his 50 off 117 balls with 6×4- well played Eddie! Go Somerset.

14.29- WICKET- Hildreth caught by ‘keeper Niall O’ Brien b Chase for 41 taking the score to 165 /3. Tom Abell new batsman greeted with good round of applause.

14.26- Hildreth clips Chase to mid wicket boundary to move onto 41 and see up the 50 partnership as the score moves to 165/2 off 41.3 overs.

14.10- Hildreth pulls a slightly shorter ball from Rankin to the mid wicket boundary.

13.53- 33 overs gone and the score has moved onto 133/2- Byrom is unbeaten on 39 and batting steadily while Hildreth has scored 13. Both players look very comfortable and untroubled.

13.03- Lunch- Somerset have reached 120/2 off 29 overs- Byrom 35 not out off 75 balls and Hildreth is not out 4 off 8 balls. A good morning session for Somerset and great opening partnership of 114 of which Trescothick made 75.

12.52- WICKET- Bartlett goes caught down the leg side by ‘keeper Niall O’Brien off McCarthy -114/2 off 26.5 overs. James Hildreth new batsman.

12.49- WICKET- Trescothick is out LBW to McCarthy for 75 to a ball he left which moved back in and hit his back pad. 75 from 88 balls 13 x4s and one 6. George Bartlett is the new batsman.

12.43- 25 overs gone and Somerset are 113/0 Trescothick has moved comfortably onto 75 and Byrom is 34- the openers have give the side a great start and both now looked well set.

12.06- A slightly shorter ball from O’Brien is pulled to backward square leg by Trescothick who seems to be enjoying himself out in the sunshine. Go Somerset!

11.58- Trescothick 50 up with a single off Neil O’Brien to mid wicket his runs off 45 balls with 9×4 and one 6. Good innings and a solid start to his 26th season.

11.53- Trescothick has moved onto 47 not out off 42 balls as he moves to the River End to face Rankin.

11.45- Trescothick looking in great form hitting the ball cleanly and has moved onto 42 as Boyd Rankin comes into the attack from the Somerset Pavilion End for the 12th over.

11.24- Trescothick drives McCarthy who has just replaced Chase from the River End, sweetly to the cover boundary- great shot which is warmly applauded by the Somerset faithful.

11.23- 6 overs gone and the score is 21/0.

11.14- 4 overs gone 14/0 Trescothick 8 and Byrom on 6.

11.02- Craig Young from the Somerset Pavilion End to Byrom for second over- 4/0.

10.58- Peter Chase to bowl to Trescothick from the River End.

10.57- Here come the Irish team led by Gary Wilson followed by Trescothick and Byrom.

10.51- The Somerset team – Tom Abell, Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, James Hildreth, George Bartlett, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Josh Davey, Jamie Overton, Dom Bess, Tim Groenewald and 12th man Paul van Meekeren.

10:44 – Ireland win the toss and bowl

08:41 – Good morning from the Cooper Associates County Ground! It’s a cloudy but dry start to the day as Somerset take on Ireland in this 4 day friendly match. The forecast is set fair and entry is free throughout!


Somerset continue our pre-season programme when we welcome Ireland to the Cooper Associates County Ground for a four-day match.

Play is scheduled to get underway at 11am.

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The two sides have met on five occasions in the past with Somerset winning each time.

Somerset and Ireland first met in the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1995.

The 55-over match was held at Woodvale Road, Eglinton and Ireland elected to field after winning the toss.

Somerset posted a total of 316 for five courtesy of 122 from Marcus Trescothick, 54 from Peter Bowler and 47 not out from Graham Rose.

In reply Ireland were all out for 83 as Rose took four wickets whilst Harvey Trump and Andy Hayhurst claimed three victims each.

The two sides met again in a 50-over tourist match at Taunton one year later and it was Somerset who once again came out on top.

Half centuries from Richard Harden and Rob Turner saw Somerset reach 297 for seven. Four wickets from Trump then helped to limit the tourists to 148 all out from 42.2 overs as Somerset won by 149 runs.

In 1997 the two sides faced each other again in the B&H Cup in Taunton. Batting first, Somerset made 349 for seven from their 50 overs. Simon Ecclestone top scored with 92 whilst Mike Burns added 50.

Chasing 350 for victory, Ireland were all out for 128 despite 50 from Andrew Patterson. Mushtaq Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers, taking seven for 24 from 9.2 overs.

The two teams had to wait until 2006 to face each other again and this time it was in the 50-over C&G Trophy at the Civil Service Cricket Club at Stormont in Belfast.

Somerset won the toss, elected to bat and made 238 for eight. Keith Parson top scored with 45 and then took three wickets to help ensure that Ireland were all out for 165 as Somerset won by 73 runs.

The last time the two sides met was in the Friends Provident Trophy at Taunton in 2007.

After winning the toss and batting first, Somerset posted a score of 341 for eight from their 50 overs thanks to 132 from Justin Langer and a run-a-ball 65 from Cameron White.

A half century from Gary Wilson gave Ireland hope but five wickets from Charl Willoughby helped to limit the visitors to 213 all out as Somerset won by 128 runs.


Somerset have named the following squad for the match:

Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, George Bartlett, James Hildreth, Tom Abell (c), Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Josh Davey, Dom Bess, Jamie Overton, Tim Groenewald, Paul van Meekeren and Ben Green.

Ireland have named the following squad for the match:

William Porterfield (c), James Shannon, Andrew Balbirnie, Niall O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Simi Singh, Gary Wilson, Barry McCarthy, Boyd Rankin, Tim Murtagh, Peter Chase and Andy McBrine.


On the eve of the match Somerset Club Captain, Tom Abell said: “We can’t wait to get out there and get a good few days of cricket under our belts. Due to the weather, competitive cricket has been relatively limited during this pre-season, but we can’t control that and we are just looking forward to getting out there.

“The next four days will be a really good test of where we are at the moment against a strong Ireland side. They are international players and they are international players for a reason. They will have played a good deal of cricket over the winter and it will be a really good test for us.

“It’s going to be really important for the bowlers that they are able to up their workloads and get in those overs in their second and third spells. It will be good to see where we are as a team with the season approaching and we’ll be going in to the game looking to win.”


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