Jason pleased with double win over Essex

Somerset played two T20 matches against Essex at the Zayed Cricket Stadium today as part of the Club’s pre-season campaign.

It was a good day for Somerset who comfortably came out on top in both games.

Following the victories, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “This was our first competitive cricket for awhile, so to play the way that we did was excellent. We’ve had a brilliant build up and practice has been really good.

“In the first game, Jack Brooks was outstanding with the ball. His figures were excellent, but he also executed the plan that we asked of him. He was incredibly disciplined with the ball early on and then closed it out brilliantly. Tom Abell got half centuries in both games and the nature of those runs was impressive. Tom Banton looked superb as well. I was also impressed with some of the young lads, like Kasey Aldridge and Ned Leonard, who were excellent today.

“The work ethic over here has been exceptional and that’s shown today.”

Game One

Somerset wrapped up a comprehensive win in the first game, coming out on top by 49 runs.

Essex won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Tom Abell top scored with 51 from 30 balls as Somerset posted a total of 194 for nine from their allotted overs. There were also more than useful contributions from Lewis Gregory (34), George Bartlett (31) and Steve Davies (31).

In reply, Essex were dismissed for 145.

Jack Brooks was the pick of the bowlers, claiming five for 13 from his four overs.

Game Two

In the second game, Somerset came out on top by five wickets with seven balls to spare.

Somerset won the toss and elected to field.

Batting first, Essex were restricted to 138 for eight in the second match.

Lewis gregory was the leading light with the ball for Somerset with two for 19 from his three overs, whilst there was a wicket each for Brooks, Kasey Aldridge, Roelof van der Merwe, Max Waller and Lewis Goldsworthy.

Tom Abell was once again the mainstay of the Somerset innings. He made 57 from 41 balls, whilst Tom Banton scored 43 from 31 as Somerset reached the required total for the loss of just five wickets.


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