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Second XI Championship: Somerset v Gloucestershire - Day Four

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DAY FOUR

Gloucestershire were due to resume on 100 for three on the final day of this Second XI County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

The visitors therefore lead by 171 runs with seven wickets remaining.

Play was due to get underway at 11am but unfortunately there will be no play before lunch.

After the break, the hosts progressed to 172 for six before they declared, setting Somerset a victory target of 244.

43 from James Rew and 44 from Tom Banton kept Somerset in the game, but wickets fell at regular intervals. Eventually Max Horton and Ari Karvelas ensured that the game ended in a draw as Somerset reached the close of the final day on 178 for nine.

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

Second XI Coach Greg Kennis has named the following squad: Eddie Byrom, Ben Green*, Will Smeed, Sam Young, James Rew+, Jamie Baird, Ned Leonard, Alfie Ogborne, Max Horton, Max Toohey, Ari Karvelas and Zen Malik.

DAY THREE

Somerset were due to resume on 197 for five on the third day of this Second XI County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

However, rain in Taunton resulted in a delay to the start time.

Play eventually got underway at 4:30pm and Somerset declared on their overnight total.

By the close of play the visitors had reached 100 for three and therefore lead by 171 runs with seven wickets remaining.

DAY TWO

Gloucestershire resumed on 90 for six on day two of this Second XI County Championship match at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

A seventh wicket stand of 66 between Will Naish and Max Trotman took the visitors to 144 before the latter was out for 44.

The score had moved on to 177 when James Rew took his seventh catch of the innings to remove Naish for 43.

By the time the lunch break arrived, the visitors had reached 250 for eight with Harry Hankins unbeaten on 55.

Hankins and George Barlow eventually shared a stand of 91 for the ninth wicket and Gloucestershire were eventually all out for 268.

Ned Leonard was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, claiming five for 76 whilst Ari Karvelas took four for 48.

The Somerset reply got off to the worst possible start and the hosts soon found themselves at 34 for four.

By the time the tea break arrived, Somerset were 75 for four.

Ben Green and James Rew then took their fifth wicket partnership to 113 as Somerset reached 147 but Green fell for 74 in the 52nd over.

By the close of play the hosts had reached 197 for five and trail by 71 runs with five wickets remaining. Rew will resume on 70 not out tomorrow with Jamie Baird on 14 not out.

DAY ONE

Somerset began a four-day Second XI Championship match against local rivals Gloucestershire at Taunton Vale Sports Club today (Monday).

Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl.

Ned Leonard made an immediate breakthrough when he removed Benny Howell with the very first ball curtesy of a catch by wicketkeeper James Rew.

0 for one soon became two for two when the same combination accounted for Jack Taylor and when Miles Hammond fell in a similar vein the visitors were 23 for three.

When Graeme van Buuren fell to Ari Karvelas, Gloucestershire had advanced to 72 for four, but Leonard and Rew combined again to remove George Scott for the addition of just two further runs to the total and therefore at lunch the visitors were 74 for five, with Rew having taken five catches.

After the break Ned Leonard collected his fifth wicket but rain began to fall and the players left the field just after 2:30pm with the score on 90 for six.

The weather meant that no further play was possible.

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