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Second XI Trophy semi-final: Tom inspires Somerset to victory

A stunning performance from Tom Banton helped Somerset overcome Warwickshire in the semi-final of the Second XI Trophy at Moseley CC.

Somerset won toss and elected to bat.

After losing two early wickets Banton and George Bartlett added 151 for the third wicket. Bartlett was the man to go for 64 from 66 balls as Somerset reached 192 for three. Banton and Eddie Byrom then added 81 for the fourth wicket before the latter was dismissed for 25.

However, Banton went on to make a superb 156 from just 146 balls before falling at 287 for five.

Somerset were eventually all out for 300 in 49.1 overs.Oliver Hannon-Dalby was the pick of the bowlers claiming seven for 35 from his 10 overs.

Chasing 301 for victory the hosts got off to a solid start as Ed Pollock and Dominic Sibley put on 49 for the opening wicket.

When Sibley (48) was caught and bowled by Max Waller Warwickshire were 106 for two. Sam Hain (39), Will Rhodes (44) and George Panayi (37) made solid contributions but the Somerset bowlers, lead by Ben Green (four for 61), strangled the home batsmen as the innings drew to a close and Warwickshire were all out 286 from 49.2 overs as Somerset won by 14 runs to reach the final.

MATCH PREVIEW:

Somerset take on Warwickshire in the semi-final of the Second XI Trophy at Moseley CC today.

The match got underway at 11am.

To view the live scorecard please click here

Somerset Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis has named the following squad for the match: Tom Banton, Fin Trenouth, Eddie Byrom, George Bartlett, Ben Green, Max Waller, Louis Shaw, Ollie Sale, Ben Wells, Tommy Sturgess, Peter Trego and Jamie Overton.

Entry to the match is free.

LIVE UPDATES:

16:43 – Warwickshire require 181 to win from 23 overs. Don’t forget you can view the live scorecard towards the top of this page as we head into a crucial period.

16:36 – This looks like it might go down to the wire! Warwickshire 120/2 from 27 overs.

15:54 – Ben Green gets the breakthrough and it is the dangerous Ed Pollock out. Warwickshire 66/1 after 13.

15:26 – Warwickshire have had a good start to their run chase and are 34/0 from 5 overs. Jamie Overton and Peter Trego opening the bowling for Somerset.

14:30 – A slight lower order collapse has seen Somerset all out for 300 at Moseley CC. Hannon-Dalby was the standout performer for the hosts, taking 7/35 from 10 overs.

14:05 – A large total is definitely on the cards as Tom Banton passes 150! He has nearly scored 1000 runs for the 2nd XI this year!

13:28 – Somerset beginning to accelerate here and with 7 wickets in hand, should be set for a big total with the score 220/3 from 37 overs.

13:14 – 100 for Tom Banton! That’s a cracking knock from him and Somerset are 199/3 from 34 overs. George Bartlett was the man to go for 64.

12:55 – George Bartlett goes to fifty as well here at Moseley CC from 55 balls and including 5 fours. Somerset building a good platform with the score 163/2 from 30 overs.

12:30 – And that is fifty for Tom Banton, following his hundred against Middlesex earlier in the week. He reaches the milestone from 67 balls with 6 boundaries. Unfortunately didn’t quite take his opportunity in the Royal London One-Day Cup but has scored very heavily for the 2nd XI this season and looked in fine form today.

12:16 – Somerset 93/2 from 18 overs. Despite the early loss of Wells (12) and Trego (13), Tom Banton has looked in good touch and nears a half century

11:19 – Somerset 20/0 from 5 overs.

11:00 – Somerset have won the toss and elected to bat first under cloudy skies

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