50 for Steve on Day Two

Steve Davies made a half-century for Somerset in difficult conditions on day two of this three-day pre-season match against Warwickshire in Abu Dhabi.

Building on the good form that saw him make 48 in the recent 50-over match between the two sides, the left-hander top scored with 56 in the Somerset total of 232.

Resuming on 94 for three, in reply to Warwickshire’s 161 all out and 14 for one, Somerset had reached 124 when Tom Abell was bowled by Craig Miles for 37. George Bartlett was then run out for 31 with the score on 142.

After Lewis Gregory was dismissed, Somerset were 144 for six, but a 62 run partnership for the seventh wicket between Davies and Craig Overton took their side past 200.

When the tenth wicket fell, Somerset elected to continue batting and reached five for two before declaring in the 68th over of their allotted 70.

Batting for the second time in the match, Warwickshire reached 99 for five by the end of the day. Josh Davey was once again in good form, taking three of the wickets to fall.

On day three, Warwickshire will bat for the first 25 overs with Somerset then batting for the rest of the day.

At the close of play today Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “From a cricketing point of view, the last two days couldn’t really have gone any better. We’ve got progressively better with the ball and the seamers look outstanding. They’re showing excellent control of their line and length, and both Jack and Dom have bowled superbly too.

“The intensity of both sides has been outstanding, so credit also has to go to Warwickshire as well. It’s certainly felt like a First Class game.

“Steve Davies has played really well on this trip. He showed his class again today on a wicket that hasn’t been easy to bat on. His is the only score over 50 in the game so far and he deserved it because he played superbly.

“I appreciate that it’s a bit difficult for people to follow at the moment, but it’s about both sides trying to maximise the three days. If we had played a standard three-day game the match could have been over in two days on this surface, so I think we’ve made the right decision to play the game in this way.

“I think that both sides will have taken a lot from this match and now we’ve got one day left to finish what has been an outstanding tour.”

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