Second XI Championship: Somerset v Surrey


Surrey resumed on 27 without loss on the third and final day of this Second XI Championship match at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

The visitors had reached 137 for one by the lunch break. Nick Welch was the man to fall, caught by Fin Trenouth from the bowling of Ollie Sale for 27.

By tea, Surrey had reached 245 for four.

At the close of play Surrey had reached 332 for six as the match ended in a draw. Sale was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, claiming three for 66.

The match scorecard can be viewed here

The Somerset squad for this game is: Ben Green, Tim Rouse, Sam Young (Academy), Peter Trego, Tom Banton, Roleof van der Merwe, Fin Trenouth, Lewis Goldsworthy (Academy), Ollie Sale, Paul van Meekeren and Rich Edwards who is a trialist.

The Surrey squad is: Alastair Allchin, Gus Atkinson, Angus Dahl, Joe Hagan-Burt, Sam Hall, Arun Harinath, Will Jacks, Jack Laraman, Ishwarjot Sohi, Freddie van den Bergh, Nick Welch and Euan Woods.

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Overnight rain delayed the start of play on the second day of this three-day Second XI Championship match against Surrey.

The umpires inspected the ground at 11am and play eventually got underway at 1:55pm.

Somerset resumed on 61 for two and an impressive partnership between Peter Trego and Tom Banton took the score to 186 before the more experienced man was dismissed for 71 which came from 77 balls.

Banton continued his recent outstanding form and reached his century from 134 balls.

When he was eventually out for 102, Somerset were 244 for four.

Roelof van der Merwe picked up where Banton had left off and went to 50 off just 40 balls and by tea Somerset had reached 306 for four.

After the interval Van der Merwe continued to plunder his runs and went to his century off 88 balls. With Fin Trenouth, the centurion helped the score onto 365 when his younger partner was dismissed for 40. The fifth wicket partnership added 121 in 19 overs.

Van der Merwe took his own score on to 121 when he was out with the total on 380, his runs coming off 103 balls with 20 fours.

Lower down the order Lewis Goldsworthy, who is on the Academy, hit an unbeaten 44 off 49 balls with six fours before Somerset declared on 466 for nine.

In the nine overs that remained Surrey had scored 27 without loss and will resume the third and final day 233 runs in arrears with all second innings wickets in hand.



Somerset began a three-day Second XI Championship match against Surrey at Taunton Vale Sports Club today where play got underway at 11am.

Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl.

Peter Trego inspired the hosts to a dream start by claiming three wickets to leave Surrey in trouble at four for three.

Paul van Meekeren then took two wickets as the visitors slumped to 17 for five.

The players then left the field briefly as the rain fell with the score on 52 for five.

After the break Arun Harinath and Sam Hall continued to rebuild the innings and the pair put on over 100 for the sixth wicket before van Meekeren accounted for Harinath for 64. Hall and Joe Hagan-Burt then took the score past 200 before the latter was trapped lbw by Roelof van der Merwe.

Hall was eventually removed by van Meekeren for 77 at 205 for eight and with that the Surrey resistance was over as they were all out for 206 from 69.1 overs.

Van Meekeren was the pick of the bowlers, claiming five for 27 from his 16.1 overs. Trego took three for 46 and the van der Merwe finished with two for 13.

By the close of play Somerset had reached 61 for two. Ben Green (12) and Tim Rouse (3) were the men to go. The not out batsmen were Tom Banton (32*) and Peter Trego (8*).


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