Second XI Championship: Somerset v Glamorgan - Day Four



Somerset resumed on 212 for four, a lead of 79 runs, on the fourth and final day of this Second XI Championship match at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

Unfortunately for the home side Lewis Goldsworthy, who starred in the first innings, was caught by Andrew Salter from the bowling of Joe Cooke for 78 without any addition to the overnight total.

Jamie Baird (10) was then trapped lbw by Andy Gorvin, and when George Drissell fell in similar fashion Somerset were 240 for seven.

The visitors took the new ball after 80 overs and on the stroke of lunch Somerset were dismissed for 291, a lead of 158. Gorvin was the pick of the visiting bowlers, claiming six for 50 from 18.1 overs.

The Somerset bowlers made immediate inroads into the Glamorgan batting line up. Jack Brooks accounted for both openers and when Sonny Baker trapped Connor Brown lbw the visitors were four for three.

Andrew Salter and Morgan Bevans got the visitors back on track and took the score to 42 before the former was caught by James Rew off the bowling of Ned Leonard for 21.

At tea the visitors were 46 for four, requiring a further 113 runs.

After the break, Rew and Baker removed Alex Horton for four at 59 for five and when Ben Green trapped Bevans lbw for 31 Glamorgan were 84 for six, still needing a further 75 runs.

Lukas Carey fell to Brooks for 45 at 126 for seven but Gorvin and Roman Walker saw Glamorgan to their required total and the victory by three wickets.


Somerset resumed our four-day Second XI Championship match against Glamorgan today, with the visitors beginning the day on 297 for four.

It was Sonny Baker who took the headlines in the morning session on day three, picking up two wickets as Glamorgan reached lunch on 418/8, a lead of 122 runs. Baker, who impressed in the Somerset 1st XI warm-up matches, again caught the eye as he removed the middle stump of Horton with a devilish in-swinging yorker. There were also wickets for Jack Brooks as he continues his road to full fitness, and Ben Green.

After lunch Somerset wrapped up the Glamorgan innings for 429, with the lead standing at 132 runs. Sonny Baker was the pick of the attack with 3/78 from 25 overs.

Openers Sam Young and Ben Green began the Somerset second innings confidently and had moved the score onto 53 before the first wicket fell to the final ball of the 16th over, Green LBW to Gorvin for 16. Young looked assured for his 30 but it was Lewis Goldsworthy who stood out again after his first innings century. He had reached 47* and Somerset 145/3, leading by 12 runs.

Goldsworthy continued on into the evening session and reached another impressive 78 not out from 135 balls by the close of play. Somerset will enter the final day with a lead of 79 runs – 212/4 the score. Please note this game is being played behind closed doors and no spectators will be permitted on site for the conclusion.


Somerset resumed on 278 for nine on day two of this four-day match against Glamorgan at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

Jack Brooks (23*) and Sonny Baker (14) took the home side towards the three hundred mark, but the younger man was trapped lbw by Andy Gorvin as Somerset were all out for 296.

The Somerset bowlers made an early breakthrough and Glamorgan found themselves on 13 for one in the sixth over when Joe Cooke was caught behind by Jamie Baird off the bowling of Baker for nine. Steven Reingold and Connor Brown then saw the visitors through to the lunch interval without further loss at 58 for one.

Reingold (36) departed shortly after the break. Baird again taking the catch, this time from the bowling of Will Sheffield, to leave Glamorgan on 62 for two. Brown was joined by Andrew Salter and the pair brought up the Glamorgan 100 in the 29th over.

Brown eventually fell for 39 in a similar fashion to his colleagues. Baird again providing the glovework to give Ned Leonard a wicket. This put the visitors on 116 for three.

By the time the tea interval arrived Salter (66*) and Tom Cullen (26*) had taken their side to 185 for three.

After the break the pair took Glamorgan past the 200 mark and brought up their century partnership from 166 balls.

Salter was out for 95, caught by Sam Young off the bowling of George Drissell, at 242 for four and by the close of play Cullen (81*) and Alex Horton (15*) had taken the visitors to 297 for four.


Lewis Goldsworthy once again demonstrated his enormous potential with a fine century for Somerset Second XI on day one of their four-day Championship match against Glamorgan at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

Glamorgan won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Somerset openers Ben Green and Sam Young put on 29 for the opening wicket before Young was caught by Prem Sisodiya off the bowling of Roman Walker for 18. Green (18) and Lewis Goldsworthy took the score to 39 before the former was caught behind by Tom Cullen to give Lukas Carey a wicket.

Goldsworthy and Will Smeed brought up their 50 partnership in the 18th over and took Somerset to three figures in the 29th over.

By the time the lunch interval arrived Somerset were 106 for two. Goldsworthy was 32 not out with Smeed on 34 not out.

Smeed fell to Ben Morris for 39 shortly after the break at 114 for three, Andrew Salter taking the catch at backward point.

Just after 2pm, rain brought a halt to proceedings for nearly 50 minutes with Somerset on 121 for three.

Once play resumed, Goldsworthy went to his half century from 105 balls and Somerset passed the 150 mark.

Goldsworthy and James Rew brought up their 50 partnership from 73 balls, but Rew eventually went for 27 when he was trapped lbw by Walker for 27 at 185 for four. Jamie Baird joined Goldsworthy and the pair added 13 before the new man was lbw to Salter for eight.

At the tea interval Somerset had reached 205 for five with Goldsworthy unbeaten on 86 and Josh Thomas not out on three.

After the break, Goldsworthy went to his century from 185 balls.

He eventually fell for 100 at 236 for six.

236 for six soon became 257 for nine, but Jack Brooks (18*) and Sonny Baker (4*) ensured that Somerset reached the close of play on 278 for nine.

Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis has named the following squad for the game: Jamie Baird, Sonny Baker, Jack Brooks, George Drissell, Ben Green, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ned Leonard, James Rew, Will Sheffield, Will Smeed, Josh Thomas and Sam Young.

Please note that this match is being played behind closed doors and the fixture is not open to spectators.

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