Sussex come out on top in Second XI Championship


Somerset resumed on 96 for two on the third and final day of this Second XI Championship match against Sussex at Horsham CC.

Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell moved the score on to 234 before the former England opener was dismissed for a superb 162 off just 143 balls. Their partnership was worth 219 runs.

Abell made 76 but wickets continued to fall around him and by lunch Somerset were 294 for eight, a lead of 286 runs.

Somerset declared on that score therefore setting their hosts 287 to win.

Jack Leach and Dom Bess took two wickets each to leave Sussex on 128 for four but 84 not out from Michael Burgess and 74 not out from Ollie Robinson ensured that the hosts reached their total without the loss of any further wickets as they claimed victory by six wickets.

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The Somerset squad for this match is: Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, Tim Rouse, Tom Abell, Ryan Davies (wkt), Dom Bess (c), Louis Shaw, Jack Leach, Will Pereira, Rhett Bridgens, Joe Gore and Fionn Hand.

Regular updates will be posted throughout the day and a report will be posted at the close of play.


Play was once again held up by by rain but when the game eventually did get underway Somerset resumed on 132 for four on day two of this three-day Championship match against Sussex at Horsham CC.

The conditions clearly helped the home bowlers as Somerset slipped from 132 for four to 173 all out. Marcus Trescothick top scored for Somerset with 89 from 138 balls. Stuart Whittingham was the pick of the Sussex bowlers as he claimed six for 66 from his 18.5 overs.

The Sussex reply got off to a poor start as Will Pereira and Rhett Bridgens ensured that the hosts first three wickets fell with just 35 runs on the board.

An 87 run partnership between Michael Burgess and Harry Finch got the hosts back in the game before the former was caught by Dom Bess off the bowling of Pereira for 48.

Finch continued to frustrate the Somerset bowlers but he received little support and when he eventually went for 82 at 168 for seven it was only a matter of time before the hosts were all out.  They were finally dismissed for 181.

Pereira and Bridgens claimed three wickets each whilst there were two for both Bess and Jack Leach.

Batting for a second time Somerset had reached 96 for two by the close of play, a lead of 88 runs. The men out were Eddie Byrom (0) and Tim Rouse (1) whilst the not out batsmen overnight are Trescothick (69) and Tom Abell (25).



Somerset began a three-day Second XI Championship match against Sussex at at Horsham Cricket Club today (Wednesday).

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat but play was delayed due to bad light.

After just 8.3 overs the players had to return to the pavilion again as the light once again deteriorated. During that time Somerset had reached 21 for one. Eddie Byrom was the man to go when he was bowled for six by Stuart Whittingham.

The players returned back out on to the field but after just 19 more balls and one more run the rain started to fall and no further play was possible until 5pm.

After play resumed Tim Rouse fell with the score on 52 and Tom Abell was dismissed just 15 runs later to leave Somerset on 67 for three. A 58 run partnership between Trescothick and Ryan Davies got Somerset back on track but the latter was eventually out for 28 with Somerset at 125 for four.

By the close the visitors had reached 132 for four with Trescothick unbeaten on 74 and Louis Shaw on one not out.


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