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Pre-season: Somerset v Middlesex - Match Drawn

DAY THREE REPORT

Somerset resumed on 163 for four on the third and final day of this pre-season friendly at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

That soon became 217 for six, but a 50 run partnership between George Bartlett and Dom Bess took the hosts to 292 for six at lunch.

After the interval the Somerset pair continued where they had left off and went on to add 102 runs for the seventh wicket. Bess was the man to go for 50, his runs coming from 75 balls.

Bartlett went on to make 65 from 101 balls, but when Josh Davey fell to the penultimate ball of the innings Somerset declared on 340 for nine.

Middlesex openers Sam Robson and Max Holden shared 43 for the first wicket until the latter was bowled by Tim Groenewald. Robson reached his 50 but was caught behind off Paul van Meekeren just eight runs later to leave Middlesex on 117 for two.

Stevie Eskinazi retired out after the addition of just two further runs before Jack Leach claimed the wickets of George Scott and Tom Helm.

By the close of play the visitors had reached 182 for five and the match ended in a draw.

After the game Somerset Captain, Tom Abell said: “It’s been a very valuable three days as we look ahead to Friday. This week has been about fine-tuning our skills and I’m really happy with where we are at the moment. The bowling attack is looking really good and the batters have managed to score some runs.

“We’re all really looking forward to Friday and the boys are really itching to get started.”

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DAY THREE UPDATES

17:43 – Match drawn! That’s the end here at Taunton Vale. Middlesex finishing 182/5. A good workout for Somerset on a good pitch. Many thanks to everyone at Taunton Vale for their hospitality over the 3 days. Next up – Kent on Friday!

16:50 – Breakthrough for Somerset and it’s Paul van Meekeren having Robson caught behind with a rising delivery.

16:05 – The players are back out after tea under sunny skies. Jack Leach and Tom Abell bowling for Somerset.

15:35 – It’s a wicket for Tim Groenewald, clean bowling Holden from around the wicket. Middlesex 57/1

14:17 – Somerset have declared at 340/9 with George Bartlett (65) and Dom Bess (50) impressing today! Middlesex will require 290 to win from 56 overs

13:20 – That is lunch with Somerset 292/6 with George Bartlett 48* and Dom Bess 37*

12:15 – Much warmer at Taunton Vale today and we could be in for an exciting conclusion this afternoon. Somerset 241/6 and lead by 190 runs. Tom Banton was bowled playing no stroke but George Bartlett and Dom Bess have batted well in the past 20 minutes.

11:15 – Eddie Byrom has fallen LBW to a full delivery from Bamber, who has bowled nicely this innings for Middlesex.

11:03 – George Bartlett and Eddie Byrom make their way to the middle and we are all set here

09:53 – Good morning from Taunton Vale. It’s still quite cold this morning but the sun is shining and we are set for a full day of cricket. Somerset will be hoping for another good day of cricket, which will be their last before Friday’s Championship game against Kent.

DAY TWOREPORT

Middlesex resumed on 89 for two on the second day of this three-day pre-season friendly at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

Dawid Malan and Nick Gubbins proceeded to take the visitors to 141 before the former was bowled by Paul van Meekeren for 69. The Netherlands International and Tim Groenewald then helped to reduce Middlesex to 157 for seven.

The Middlesex innings then reached its 80 over limit with the visitors having reached 237 for eight.

Groenewald was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three for 23 whilst van Meekeren and Josh Davey both took two wickets.

The Somerset second innings got off to a poor start as both Marcus Trescothick and James Hildreth were dismissed early to leave the hosts on 18 for two. However, Azhar Ali (80) and Tom Abell (37) got Somerset back on track and by the close of day two the home side were 163 for four.

DAY TWO UPDATES

19:11 – Somerset end the day at Taunton Vale 163/4 with Azhar Ali scoring a fine 80 from 115 balls

15:27 – Somerset have lost Trescothick caught behind and James Hildreth bowled. The score is 31/2.

14:54 – The Middlesex innings has reached it’s 80 over climax with the score 237/8.

13:22 – Lunch here at Taunton Vale and it’s been a good morning for Somerset, reducing Middlesex to 173/8. Jack Brooks was the latest wicket-taker, removing Scott caught behind pushing forward.

12:27 – Good hour for Somerset with Tim Groenewald picking up 2 wickets and Paul van Meekeren removing Malan’s off-stump

11:14 – We are underway but immediately a problem for Somerset as Craig Overton limps off the field having bowled only 4 balls this morning. Dom Bess and Jack Brooks in the attack now.

09:37 – Good morning from Taunton Vale. We are greeted with cloudy skies so far ahead of day two, with the weather forecast perhaps not quite as good as yesterday. It will remain dry but chilly, so if you are planning on coming down make sure you bring layers! Play will resume at 11am.

DAY ONE REPORT

James Hildreth made another classy 50 for Somerset on day one of this three-day pre-season friendly against Middlesex at Taunton Vale, but his side failed to capitalise on a strong start.

After winning the toss, Somerset recovered from the early loss of Marcus Trescothick as Hildreth and Azhar Ali put on 99 for the second wicket. With the score on 111, it was Hildreth who perished, but not before he had added another impressive half century to his pre-season tally. His 59 runs came from 79 balls and featured 12 fours.

Azhar Ali then departed for 40 without further runs being added to the Somerset total.

The remaining batsmen failed to take advantage of the solid foundations that had been laid and the hosts were eventually all out for 186.

Josh Davey made an early breakthrough for Somerset’s bowlers when he trapped Sam Robson lbw for 12 with Middlesex on 15.

The Scotland international was looking dangerous and duly took his and Somerset’s second wicket when he claimed the scalp of Stevie Eskinazi, courtesy of a sharp catch from Azhar Ali, to leave Middlesex 45 for two.

Nick Gubbins and Dawid Malan survived the remaining overs and will resume their partnership tomorrow morning as Middlesex closed the day on 89 for two.

DAY ONE UPDATES

18:16 – Close of play here at Taunton Vale with Middlesex 88/2 in reply to Somerset’s 186. Josh Davey the standout with 2/13 from 6 overs

17:06 – Two wickets for Josh Davey, who is bowling beautifully out there. Robson was LBW pushing forward and Eskinazi is caught well by Azhar Ali at first slip. Middlesex 47/2

16:15 – Craig Overton and Paul van Meekeren opening the bowling for Somerset. Middlesex openers Robson and Gubbins have moved the score to 15/0 without alarm.

15:35 – Somerset are all out for 186 and that will be tea.

15:08 – Craig Overton LBW pushing forward at the off-spin of Rayner for 4. Somerset 176/7

15:05 – Tom Abell is caught on the boundary attempting a pull shot and George Bartlett caught behind driving for 18. Somerset struggling a little here with the score 171/6

14:36 – Eddie Byrom is caught at second slip and goes for 19. Tom Abell and George Bartlett at the wicket now under sunny skies.

14:02 – Couple of wickets have fallen since lunch. James Hildreth well caught and bowled for 59 and Azhar Ali trapped LBW for 40.

13:14 – Somerset 111/1 at lunch having made an excellent start here at Taunton Vale.

12:55 – 50 for James Hildreth! Another fine innings from a fantastic player

12:41 – Somerset have moved to 85/1 and the sun is now out here at Taunton Vale

12:20 – James Hildreth has been the standout so far for Somerset, who lost Marcus Trescothick early for three. After he was caught at cover, Hildreth came to the crease and looked as fluent as ever. Azhar Ali has also looked assured.

11:13 – Marcus Trescothick and Azhar Ali have survived the first couple of overs without too much alarm here with Tim Murtagh and James Harris opening the bowling

10:49 – A scorecard of the match is now live and is available via this page. Still cloudy here at Taunton Vale but we are told the clouds will soon disappear and are set for a nice afternoon. A reminder that both parking and entry to the ground is free of charge.

10:41 – Somerset have won the toss and have elected to bat first. Batting order as follows….

1. Abell
2. Azhar Ali
3. Trescothick
4. Hildreth
5. Byrom
6. Bartlett
7. Banton
8. C Overton
9. Groenewald
10. Bess
11. Leach
12. V Meekeren
13. Davey
14. Brooks

10:30 – Good morning from Taunton Vale! It’s Somerset v Middlesex today starting at 11am. The rules of the match are as follows:

    • 3 two hour sessions
    • Roll on substitutions
    • 96 overs per day
    • Compulsory declarations at 80 overs (1st innings)

MATCH PREVIEW

Somerset take on Middlesex in our final pre-season match at Taunton Vale Sports Club this weekend.

The three-day fixture begins tomorrow (Saturday) with play due to get underway at 11am.

Each day will consist of three two-hour sessions.

Entry to this match is free of charge.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can keep up to date on this website and on our Twitter feed.

In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.

HEAD TO HEAD

The last time the two sides met in red-ball cricket was at the Cooper Associates County Ground in September 2017 when Somerset came out on top by 231 runs.

Somerset Captain, Tom Abell won the toss and elected to bat.

The hosts eventually posted a total of 236 all out with Eddie Byrom top scoring with 56. Ravi Patel was the pick of the visiting bowlers, claiming seven for 81.

In reply Middlesex were dismissed for 142 thanks to Jack Leach (four for 54) and Craig Overton (three for seven).

James Hildreth (109) then top scored in his sides second innings of 250 for nine declared as Middlesex were set 345 for victory.

Leach (five for 57) and Roelof van der Merwe (four for 22) ensured that the visitors were all out for just 113.

TEAM NEWS

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for this match:

Tom Abell (Captain), Marcus Trescothick, Azhar Ali, James Hildreth, Eddie Byrom, George Bartlett, Tom Banton, Craig Overton, Tim Groenewald, Jack Leach, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Paul van Meekeren and Dom Bess.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Jason said: “Middlesex will be another good test for us. We had First Class opposition whilst we were away in Abu Dhabi, and Middlesex are a strong squad under new leadership. They will all be trying hard to impress a new coach.

“You can see from the way that we played against Cardiff MCCU that we’ve got a match sharpness that we didn’t have at this stage last year. For us, Middlesex will be a good measure of where we are going into the Kent game next week.

“Everybody’s come though the Cardiff game, but Jamie Overton has got a bit of a niggle and is therefore not available, but everybody else is fit and raring to go.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are coming to the match, all the information that you need ahead of your journey can be found on the Taunton Vale Sports Club Website.

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