Defeat for Somerset in final 50-over friendly

The Combined XI proved too strong for an inexperienced Somerset side in the latest 50-over pre-season match in Abu Dhabi.

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr used the match to give those players who hadn’t featured on the tour so far an opportunity to get some miles in their legs, but despite a number of good individual performances, Somerset went down by seven wickets.

Batting first, Somerset openers Steve Davies and Eddie Byrom put on 40 for the first wicket. Davies was the man to go for 26.

Byrom went on to make 33 before falling with the score on 78.

Somerset slipped to 164 for seven but an excellent knock from Tim Rouse (60) got Somerset back on track towards posting a competitive total. Rouse received good support from George Bartlett (47).

Peter Trego added a rapid 35 whilst Dom Bess also chipped in with 24 as Somerset posted a total of 293 for nine from their allotted overs.

The Combined XI made a strong start with the Essex pair of Paul Walter and Michael Pepper sharing a 62-run opening stand.

There was a wicket each for Ben Green, Bess and Josh Davey, but 184 not out from Walter ensured that the Combined XI came out on top by seven wickets from 42.5 overs.

After the match Tim Rouse said: “I thought we’d put ourselves in a decent position at the halfway point. Walter played a hell of an innings but we could have put in a better performance.

“I was happy with my innings, it was just a shame that I couldn’t kick on and build a bigger and possibly match-winning score.

“Spending the winter in Australia has been good for my confidence and it was a great life experience as well. It’s great to be back with the lads though. They’re a great bunch of boys and I’m really looking forward to the start of the new season.”

Somerset’s attention now turns to the three-day match against Warwickshire which begins on Tuesday.

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