Second XI Championship: Somerset v Middlesex - Day Three

Somerset are in Second XI Championship action this week when we play a three-day match against Middlesex at Taunton Vale Sports Club.


Somerset’s Second XI Championship match ended in an almost inevitable draw with Middlesex ending on 185 for five off 64.1 overs in pursuit of their target.

Resuming on their overnight total of 163 for three, Tim Rouse who started the day on 91 went to his 100 off 146 balls with 19 fours. At the other end Will Smeed who began on 33 brought up his half century off 95 deliveries with five 4s.

The fourth wicket pair took the total onto 270 before Somerset declared, by which time Rouse had moved onto 129 off 176 balls with 18 fours and Smeed was unbeaten on 88 from 125 balls with nine 4s.

Chasing a target of 392 for victory by lunch on the final day Middlesex were 25 without loss off eight overs.

The Middlesex openers added 78 runs together before Dom Bess made the breakthrough in the 31st over and then struck twice more which made the visitors 102 for three.

Tim Rouse and Ollie Sale then claimed a wicket each as Middlesex reached 185 for five before stumps and the match was drawn. Bess ended with three for 62 from his 21.1 overs.

The match scorecard can be viewed here


Middlesex resumed on 14 without loss but lost two quick wickets and slipped to 18 for two.

However, Robbie White and Martin Andersson took the score to 152 without further loss at lunch.

After the interval Andersson fell without further addition to the score and when White returned to the pavilion twenty runs later Middlesex found themselves on 172 for seven.

Dom Bess built on his impressive performance with the bat yesterday by taking the final two wickets as the visitors were all out for 202. Nathan Gilchrist was the pick of the Somerset bowlers with four for 27.

By the time the tea interval arrived Somerset had reached 34 for one in their second innings.

Somerset lost two further wickets during the final session but 91 not out from Tim Rouse ensured that the home side reached the close of play on 163 for three, a lead of 285.

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Regular updates will be posted and a report on the day’s play will appear here later.


Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.

Somerset lost two early wickets but Ben Wells and Dom Bess added 54 for the third wicket before Wells was removed for 47 at 90 for three.

By the lunch interval Somerset had reached 123 for four with Bess unbeaten on 57.

After the break Bess went on to reach his century off 136 balls. He added 54 for the fifth wicket with Fin Trenouth before the ‘keeper was removed for 30.

By tea Somerset were 255 for six with Bess on 130 not out.

In the final session of the day Bess reached his 150 from 176 balls. He went on to make 185 from 210 balls in an innings that included 24 fours and a six. The Somerset skipper was the last man out as the home side declared on 324 for nine.

By the end of the day Middlesex had reached 14 without loss.

Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis has named the following squad for the match: Jamie Baird, Dom Bess, Tim Rouse, Will Smeed, Ben Green, Fin Trenouth, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ollie Sale, Mitchell Spencer (Unicorns), Finn O’Brien (University of Exeter), Nathan Gilchrist and Ben Wells.

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