From the Archive: Dom's Debut

It’s time to take a look back at the Somerset history books in order to take a trip down memory lane.

We’re not travelling too far back through the archives today though as we look back at a match that began on this very day just two years ago.

Pakistan were the visitors to the Cooper Associates County Ground for a three-day tourist match in July 2016.

The match ended in a draw but there were a number of standout performances plus the First Class debut for a Somerset player who went on to represent England against Pakistan less than two years later.

The tourists won the toss and elected to bat.

Mohammad Hafeez and Shan Masood put on 44 for the opening wicket before Paul van Meekeren bowled the latter for 20. Van Meekeren then accounted for Azhar Ali to leave Pakistan on 100 for two.

However, Asad Shafiq (80) and Younis Khan batted well to see their side to 324 for five at the end of day one.

On day two Younis Khan reached his century as Pakistan declared on 359 for eight. Van Meekeren was the pick of the bowlers with three for 78.

In one of the finest bowling spells seen at Taunton for many years Mohammad Amir claimed three for 36 as Somerset slipped to 79 for five.

However, James Hildreth (47 not out) helped the hosts to reach a total of 128 all out.

Jack Leach then claimed two wickets as Pakistan finished the second day on 140 for four.

One the final day Azhar Ali reached 101 not out and was well supported by Asad Shafiq as Pakistan declared on 236 for four .

Tim Rouse (41) and James Hildreth (48) helped Somerset to avoid defeat, but it was Marcus Trescothick who really caught the eye.

The Former England opener scored his 47th century for Somerset as the hosts reached 258 for eight to ensure that the match ended in a draw.

This eventful match saw Dom Bess make his First Class debut for Somerset. Less than two years later he was facing Pakistan again, but this time he was wearing the Three Lions of England on his chest.

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