Second XI: Van Meekeren destroys Worcestershire


Paul van Meekeren had a day to remember as Somerset claimed an impressive win over Worcestershire in just two days.

Somerset resumed on 274 for five on day two of the three-day friendly at Taunton Vale, a lead of 143.

Two runs had been added to the overnight total when Tom Banton was trapped lbw for 27.  When Josh Davey fell or 25 Somerset were 308 for seven.

Michael Leask then joined Adam Hose in the middle and they put on 85 for the eighth wicket before the latter was dismissed for an impressive 137.  His runs coming from 170 balls with 20 fours.

Leask then added 74 with Max Waller before the Scotland international was bowled by Finch for 86 off 90 balls to leave Somerset on 467 for nine.  Waller was the last man out for 40 as Somerset were dismissed for 471.

The Worcestershire openers made a solid start and when George Rhodes was caught by Eddie Byrom off Paul van Meekeren the visitors were 56 for one.

Ollie Westbury was then caught behind to give van Meekeren his second wicket with Worcestershire on 75 for two.  This soon became 75 for three when as the Dutchman also accounted for Alex Kervezee.

A partnership of 46 between Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Ross Whiteley got Worcestershire back on track but the former was cleaned up by Ollie Sale for 55 to leave the visitors on 121 for four.  Van Meekeren then ripped through the visitors middle order as they slumped to 165 for nine.

A 48 run last wicket stand added some respectability to the score but Worcestershire all out for 213 in their second innings to give Somerset the win by an innings and 127 runs.

Van Meekeren was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed seven for 48 from 14 overs.

A scorecard from this match can be seen by clicking here

The Somerset squad was: Johann Myburgh, Eddie Byrom, George Bartlett, Jim Allenby, Adam Hose, Ryan Davies, Tom Banton, Josh Davey, Michael Leask, Max Waller, Paul van Meekeren and Ollie Sale.



Somerset Seconds enjoyed the better of the opening day of their three day match against Worcestershire at Taunton Vale and by the close the hosts led by 143 runs with five first innings wickets remaining.

The visitors won the toss and after deciding to bat first they were dismissed for 131 in 44.1 overs.

The most successful bowler for Somerset was Josh Davey who took four for 23 from his 13 overs, six of which were maidens, Ollie Sale claimed three for 40 from his 14, with four maidens, Paul van Meekeren took two for 31 while Jim Allenby took one for 28.

When Somerset replied openers Johann Myburgh and Eddie Byrom quickly took the score onto 40 when Myburgh was out for 28 off the second ball of the sixth over.

Byrom was out for 13 with the total on 46and next over Jim Allenby went for three, which brought Adam Hose out to join George Bartlett with the total on 53 in the 10th over.

Both batsmen settled in well and then started to play their shots. A Bartlett straight drive to the boundary saw up the 100 in the 22nd, but soon after going to his half century he was out for 50 which came off 71 balls and included nine 4s.

The fourth wicket partnership between Hose and Bartlett added 81 runs in two balls less than 20 overs.

Hose was then involved in another big partnership, this time with Ryan Davies, who made 44 off 60 balls with six 4s before he was run out after adding 97 for the fifth wicket.

Hose went to his century just before the close by which time he had moved onto 102 not out which he scored off 127 balls with 14 fours, while Tom Banton was unbeaten on 25 at the close, by which time Somerset were 274 for five.

The game resumes on Wednesday morning at 11am. A live scorecard can be found here


11:04 –   The Somerset team is as follows


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Somerset Seconds get their season underway with a three-day friendly against their Worcestershire counterparts at Taunton Vale on Tuesday where the game is scheduled to start at 11am.

Looking ahead to the game Second Elven coach Steve Snell said: “This is our first three day match of the season and we are all very much looking forward to it.

“The guys are all raring to go and there has been quite a lot of pre-season cricket for the first team, but some of those on the periphery haven’t had a lot, so this is a great opportunity to show what they are capable of.”

“We are putting out a very strong team, although we are still missing a few who are preparing with the first team, so this is a great chance for these guys to put their hand up and show why they should be involved with the first team.

Steve added: “This season more than ever at the club during my time here there is real competition for places so there is every incentive for the gyus to go out there and perform this week.”

Following this game Somerset Seconds host Cornwall at Taunton Vale in a white ball game on Easter Saturday and the following day they travel to Sidmouth to face Devon. Both games start at 11.30am.

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