Second XI Championship: Somerset v Essex


Essex resumed on 126 for one on the third and final day of this Second XI Championship match at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

The score had moved to 223 when Feroze Khushi was caught by Jack Brooks off the bowling of Max Toohey for 90.

Shortly after lunch Brooks then trapped Michael Pepper lbw for 110 with the score on 259.

Rishi Patel became the second Essex player to reach triple figures but was trapped lbw by Tom Hall for 102 to put the visitors on 375 for four.

Essex passed the four hundred mark but shortly afterwards they declared and the match ended in a draw.

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Second XI Head Coach, Greg Kennis named the following squad for the game: Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, Ben Green, Tim Rouse, Josh Davey, Ben Wells, Charlie Reed, Tom Hall, Ned Leonard, Jack Brooks, Nathan Gilchrist and Max Toohey.

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Somerset continued their Second XI Championship match against Essex today at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

All eyes were on Marcus Trescothick this morning as he resumed 68 not out. After a bright partnership with Josh Davey, Trescothick was eventually dismissed for 93, stumped from the bowling of Nijjar after coming down to a ball that went on with the arm.

Somerset continued batting well in the afternoon session with Davey (35) and Tom Hall (40) making important contributions. The star of the show however was Ben Wells, who scored a century from 164 balls. He struck 14 boundaries as the Somerset lead extended towards 200.

Wells eventually ended 112 not out from 184 balls as Somerset posted 397 in their first innings.

The Essex second innings started poorly as Josh Davey accounted for Nick Browne, caught by Marcus Trescothick at second slip with just eight runs on the board.

However, things improved for the away side as Michael Pepper and Feroze Khushi took the visitors to 126 for one at the close of play.


Somerset return to Second XI Championship cricket today when we host Essex in a three-day game at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

Essex won the toss and elected to bat.

Two early wickets from Josh Davey helped to reduce the visitors to 36 for three in the 13th over.

The Somerset bowlers continued to be on top in the opening session as wickets fell at regular intervals, and by the time lunch was taken Essex were 106 for six.

Wickets continued to fall after the break and Essex were eventually all out for 198. Ned Leonard was the pick of the bowlers with three for 22 whilst there were two wickets each for Davey, Nathan Gilchrist and Max Toohey.

Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick and Eddie Byrom shared a stand of 51 before the younger man fell for 27. Trescothick and Ben Green took the hosts to 92 before Green was trapped lbw by Aron Nijjar for 19. The same bowler then accounted for Tim Rouse (7).

However, Trescothick remained unbeaten, going to his 50 off 86 balls, and by the close of play Somerset were 136 for three with the former England man on 68 not out.

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