Second XI T20: Big win for Somerset
Somerset completed a convincing nine-wicket win over Worcestershire in the first ECB Second XI T20 Central Group match of the season at Taunton Vale Sports Club today (Monday May 16th).
Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl.
Worcestershire had reached 13 when Tom Fell was run out by Max Waller off the penultimate ball of the 3rd over. Kashif Ali was then run out by Lewis Goldsworthy just four balls later without any addition to the score.
The score had advanced to 25 when Jacques Banton was caught by George Bartlett off the bowling of Marchant de Lange for 14.
The home bowlers continued to exert pressure on the visiting batters and Worcestershire slipped to 60 for six in the 12th over.
Henry Cullen shared a seventh wicket stand of 20 with Roshan Balaji and an eighth wicket partnership of 21 with Josh Dickenson, but those were the highest partnerships of the innings as Worcestershire were all out for 117 from 19.5 overs.
There were two wickets for Goldsworthy (two for 13) and Ben Green (two for 17) whilst there was a wicket apiece for de Lange, Waller and Jack Brooks.
Will Smeed and Kasey Aldridge shared an opening stand of 30 from 3.3 overs, but the latter was bowled by Roshan Balaji for 19 off 11 balls.
Smeed and George Bartlett brought up the Somerset 50 in the sixth over and their side’s 100 in the 11th over.
Smeed finished unbeaten on 54 from 37 balls whilst Bartlett was not out on 43 from 30 balls as Somerset completed the comprehensive nine-wicket victory with seven overs to spare.
Somerset Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis has named the following squad for the game: Ben Green, Jack Brooks, George Bartlett, Roelof van der Merwe, Marchant de Lange, Max Waller, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ned Leonard, Kasey Aldridge, Will Smeed and Jamie Baird.
The Worcestershire squad is as follows: Gareth Roderick, Tom Fell, Oli Cox, Kashif Ali, Jacques Banton, Taylor Cornall, Henry Cullen, Roshan Balaji, Josh Dickenson, James Rudge and Jack Warner.
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