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Second XI Championship: Middlesex v Somerset - Match Drawn

DAY THREE

Somerset and Middlesex concluded their 3-day Championship fixture at Southgate CC today.

After declaring overnight, it was the hosts that had the better of the morning under cloudy skies. Somerset were reduced to 17 for four early on with Eddie Byrom, Marcus Trescothick, Tim Rouse and Tom Lammonby all falling for single figure scores.

The bowler-friendly conditions played their part as Somerset found themselves 7 down before Ben Green and Ollie Sale fought back with an unbroken partnership of 49 from 125 balls. Green, batting at three, had seen wickets fall around him but remained composed and brought up a half century from 158 balls.

Into the evening session and Green continued to be the star man for Somerset, seeing the score to 185/7 before the match ended in a draw. He and Sale put on 112 for the 8th wicket, and brought up a fine century from 206 balls. Once the milestone was accomplished, both sets of players shook hands and the match concluded.

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Second XI coach Greg Kennis has named the following squad for the match: Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, Ben Green, Tim Rouse, Tom Lammonby, Josh Davey, Ollie Sale, Nathan Gilchrist, Abraham Kopparambil (PSPP, Devon), Charley Reed (Academy), Stephen Croft (Buckinghamshire) and Jack Harding (EPP).

DAY TWO

Once again rain interrupted this three-day match between Middlesex and Somerset at Southgate CC.

Middlesex resumed on 43 for four on day two and the home batsmen fared rather better on the second day than they did yesterday. Max Holden and Toby Roland-Jones took the score to 145 before the former was dismissed for 70. Roland-Jones then fell to Josh Davey for 63 with the score on 168. Three quick wickets then fell to leave the hosts on 173 for nine.

Unfortunately, the rain then returned with Middlesex on 183 for nine from 60.1 overs.

Despite the rain it was a good day for Davey who currently has five for 24 from 16.1 overs.

It was also a proud day for 15-year-old Jack Harding. The youngster, who plays his club cricket for Clevedon, bowled his first overs for the Somerset Second XI.

DAY ONE

Unfortunately it was the rain rather than the cricket that dominated the opening day of this three-day Second XI Championship match between Somerset and Middlesex at Southgate CC.

Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat.

The Somerset bowlers immediately made the home side regret that decision as Middlesex slipped to seven for three.

Josh Davey made the initial breakthrough when he bowled Josh de Caires with the fourth ball of the day before the hosts had got a run on the board.

Archie Carter was the caught by Charley Reed off the bowling of Nathan Gilchrist before Davey then accounted for Jack Davies courtesy of a catch off his own bowling.

The scoreboard was soon showing 25 for four when Dan Lincoln was trapped lbw by Tom Lammonby.

The score had moved to 43 for four halfway through the 17th over when the rain began to fall and the players returned to the shelter of the pavilion.

Sadly no further play was possible.

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