Second XI Championship: Somerset v Essex


Somerset welcome Essex to Taunton Vale Sports Club in the Second XI Championship this week.


Essex resumed on 202 for two, a lead of 397.

Nick Browne was eventually dismissed for 154 and by the time the lunch interval arrived, the visitors had reached 319 for five, a lead of 514.

The declaration came during the interval and Somerset slipped to 30 for two, however 75 not out from George Bartlett saw the hosts reach tea on 131 for five.

Bartlett went on to make 112, but Somerset were dismissed for 223 as Essex won by 291 runs.

Somerset Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis has named the following squad for the match: Kasey Aldridge, George Barlow, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, George Drissell, Chris Gibson, Ned Leonard, James Rew, George Thomas, Josh Thomas and Sam Young.

Please note that this fixture is being played behind closed doors.


Somerset began their first innings when play commenced, and by the time the lunch interval arrived, the hosts were 86 for three.

That soon became 86 for six, and Somerset were eventually all out for 123. Chris Gibson tp scored with 39.

At the close of play, Essex had reached 202 for two with Nick Browne on 102 not out.


Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl.

Essex openers Josh Rymell and Nick Browne shared an opening stand of 52, bringing up their 50 in the 21st over. However, George Barlow made the breakthrough when he had Rymell caught behind by James Rew for 24.

Ned Leonard then bowled Michael Pepper for 13 to put the visitors on 75 for two.

By the time that the lunch interval arrived Essex had advanced to 82 for two.

After the break, the score had moved on to 99 when Paul Walter was caught behind off Kasey Aldridge for six. Browne fell for 46 when he was trapped lbw by George Drissell at 109 for four, but 63 from Feroze Khushi took the total to 185 before he too went lbw, this time it was Ned Leonard who claimed the wicket.

Drissell struck again to remove Aron Nijjar, and at the tea interval Essex were 199 for six.

After tea, Will Buttleman and Aaron Beard reached half centuries, but three quick wickets for Jack Brooks ensured that Essex were all out for 318 at the close of play.

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