Somerset Enjoy Fruitful Second Day
Eddie Byrom and Tom Abell both struck assured half-centuries as Somerset enjoyed the better of day two at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
With the match continuing in Bristol on Tuesday and Wednesday, the hosts batted themselves into a strong position and closed just 56 behind with the score 217/3
Despite the late afternoon sunshine, play did not commence until 1:40pm after heavy overnight rain continued throughout the morning meaning no play was possible before lunch. The Somerset groundstaff worked tirelessly throughout to ensure the outfield was playable for the afternoon session.
Once play did resume, Gareth Roderick struck another handsome boundary and reached a well-deserved century, before he was caught at mid-on by Jack Brooks. This gave Nathan Gilchrist a 3rd wicket, which became excellent figures of 4/32 once Shaw was caught by Roelof van der Merwe at mid-wicket. It was an impressive outing for Gilchrist and a strong reminder of excellent bowling depth in the Somerset ranks.
After bagging a pair in last week’s intra-squad game, Eddie Byrom looked assured at the crease and punished any wayward bowling from the Gloucestershire attack. Despite Tom Lammonby departing for 5, Byrom struck 13 boundaries in total and put on 77 with Tom Abell. It came as a surprise when the Zimbabwe-born left-hander was dismissed, chipping George Scott to mid-wicket to depart for a well-made 70. Club Captain Tom Abell kept the momentum of the innings up as Somerset continued to rack up boundaries on regular occasion, Tom Price a particular sufferer with figures of 0/50 from 4 overs.
James Hildreth also played fluently and pulled out shots that Somerset fans have been accustomed to for many years, his maximum off David Payne over mid-wicket a particular sign of his intentions. He did fall for 48 shortly before the close but Abell remained firm on 64 not out and has given Somerset the opportunity to bat for most of day three in Bristol.
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