Second XI: Ben Green impresses again in big win for Somerset

Day Three.

Another impressive display from Ben Green ensured that Somerset secured a comfortable win over Middlesex.

Middlesex resumed on 128 for two in their second innings on the third and final day of this Second XI friendly match, still 238 runs behind Somerset’s first innings total.

Paul van Meekeren then removed George Scott for 92 with the score on 154.  Tom Lace and Harry Podmore then added 46 for the fourth wicket before the former was dismissed 23.

Podmore eventually fell to Ben Green for 77 to leave the visitors on 244 for five and from that point onwards Somerset were always in control.

Green was the pick of the bowlers and his five for 66 ensured that Middlesex were all out for 329 in their second innings as Somerset won by an innings and 37 runs.

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The Somerset squad for the match is as follows: Tom Abell*, George Bartlett, Tim Rouse, Eddie Byrom, Tom Banton+, Will Smeed, Michael Leask, Ben Green, Jack Leach, Dom Bess, Paul van Meekeren and Joe Gore.

Day Two.

An unbeaten century by Ben Green and half centuries for Michael Leask and Dom Bess enabled Somerset Seconds to dominate day two of their game against Middlesex at Taunton Vale where by the close the visitors are still 238 runs behind with eight second innings wickets remaining.

At the start of the day Tom Banton helped to add 18 to the overnight score before he was out for 29 which made Somerset 271 for six.

Green joined Leask and the seventh wicket pair added 98 together in 20 overs when Leask was dismissed for 67, which came off 79 balls with 10 fours and a six.

Green and Jack Leach then put on 39 for the eighth wicket and saw up the 400 but soon aftereards the left arm spinner perished for 18, which brought Bess to the wicket.

The pair of young Devonians stayed together for 28 overs by which time they had added 137 runs in an unbroken ninth wicket partnership, before Somerset declared on 545 for eight.

Green remained unbeaten on 107 which he scored off 161 balls with 16 fours and a six, while Bess was not out 65 from 80 deliveries with 10 fours.

Batting second time 366 in arrears Green got an early wicket with the score on 17. The second wicket partnership added 55 before it was brought to an end by Leach and by the close Middlesex had moved onto 128 for two off 44 overs.

The game concludes on Friday.

Day One.

A partnership of more than 180 between Eddie Byrom nd Tim Rouse ensured that Somerset enjoyed the best of day one of the three-day Second XI friendly match against Middlesex at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat.

The visiting openers had put on 34 before Tom Lace was caught by Tim Rouse off the bowling of Paul van Meekeren for 18.  The score had moved on to 79 when Savin Perera was trapped lbw by Tom Abell for 24.  Just 10 runs later Joe Gore claimed the wicket of George Scott for 30.

89 for three soon became 89 for four as Abell struck again to trap Robbie White lbw and Middlesex were in real trouble at 90 for five when Gore removed Oskar Kolk without scoring.  However, Harry Podmore and Don Manuwelge saw the visitors through to lunch with the scoreboard showing 118 for five.

After the break Podmore moved on to 52 but recieved no real support from his team mates as Middlesex were all out for 179.  Abell was the pick of the bowlers with four for 23 from 11 overs whilst there were three wickets each for Gore and van Meekeren.

In reply Somerset lost openers Abell and George Bartlett early but Rouse and Byrom steadied the ship for the home side and at tea they were 94 for two.

The two shared an outstanding partnership of 182 until Byrom was dismissed for 96.  Rouse followed shortly after for 81 but Somerset were in a strong position by then at 222 for four.

Will Smeed was dismissed late on for 16 as Somerset finished day one on 253 for five, a lead of 74 runs.

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