Century for Tom as Somerset make it two out of two

An unbeaten century from Tom Abell helped Somerset to victory over Essex Eagles in the latest 50-over pre-season match in Abu Dhabi.

The captain’s outstanding innings in this three-wicket victory ensured that his side made it two wins out of two following Tuesday’s win over Worcestershire.

Abell started the day in good form too, winning the toss and electing to field.

Essex made a strong start as openers Varun Chopra and Alastair Cook put on 62 for the first wicket. Chopra was the man to go when he was caught by Josh Davey off the bowling of Lewis Gregory for 31.

Paul van Meekeren then removed Tom Westley for nine thanks to a catch from Abell.

Cook went to his half century but was dismissed by Dom Bess for 58, and when Adam Wheater also fell to the Somerset spinner Essex were 119 for four.

Rishi Patel got the Eagles back on track but two quick wickets from Abell reduced them to 196 for seven.

Patel was the last man out for 77 as Essex finished on 243 from 48.4 overs.

Abell, Bess and Davey all took two wickets whilst there was a wicket each for Gregory, van Meekeren, Jack Leach and Ben Green.

In reply, Somerset slipped to 22 for two but Peter Trego (31) helped take the score to 68 before falling to Aaron Beard.

At 105 for five, the Somerset supporters in the Zayed Cricket Stadium were beginning to sit a little less comfortably, but Abell and Bess then shared a century partnership.

The 108-run sixth wicket stand turned the game in Somerset’s favour and took the score 213 before Bess fell for 40 from 53 balls.

It was fitting that the Somerset skipper hit the winning runs and his 109 not out came from 120 balls and included nine fours.

After the match Tom Abell said: “That’s two from two now and winning is always nice. It’s good to build up that momentum as we found out in the one-day competitions last year. I definitely think that we’re going in the right direction and I saw some really good things out there today from the lads. It’s been a really good day.

“We were really good with the ball and backed that up in the field. I think there’s a bit of room for improvement with the bat, but it was nice to get over the line today.

“It’s always nice to get a few runs especially because I’ve been a bit short recently. I think chasing that total allowed me to take a bit of time at the start and enabled me to build a partnership with Tregs and then with Bessie.”

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