Somerset miss out on making it three from three

Warwickshire ended Somerset’s 100% start to the pre-season campaign after coming out on top in a rain-affected 50-over contest in Abu Dhabi.

Somerset were looking to make it three wins out of three following victories over Worcestershire and Essex Eagles, but it was the team from Edgbaston who were victorious despite impressive performances from Tom Abell, Eddie Byrom and Steve Davies.

Warwickshire won the toss and elected to field.

Rain delayed the start of the match and when play finally got under way Somerset lost an early wicket when Peter Trego was removed for 12 with the score on 36.

Davies then set about the Warwickshire bowlers, hitting seven fours on his way to 48. Somerset then slipped to 102 for four but Abell and Byrom played impressively to get Somerset back in to the game.

Abell once again looked in good touch after his unbeaten century yesterday and went on to make 65 from 70 balls. Byrom has also been in good form in pre-season and the left-hander helped himself to a half century from 55 balls.

Dom Bess added a useful 28 towards the end of the innings but Somerset were eventually all out for 274 from 47.5 overs.

The Somerset bowlers made the perfect start when Tim Groenewald bowled Ed Pollock before a run had been scored. Jack Brooks then removed Sam Hain to leave Warwickshire on 26 for two.

However, further rain resulted in a number of stoppages and Warwickshire were left chasing a revised total of 247 from a maximum of 43 overs.

Dominic Sibley took a liking to the conditions and went on to make a century before eventfully being bowled by Abell for 128. It was then left to Will Rhodes (47*) and Liam Banks (28*) to see the Bears over the line to win by six wickets (D/L method).

After the match Steve Davies said: “Obviously we’re disappointed with the result but we can take a number of positives from the game. To get the time in our legs from back to back games can only be a good thing and we put together a few decent partnerships. We set them a competitive total and it was just a shame that one of us didn’t go on to make a big score.

“I think there are a few things to work on at the death but, all in all, it was a good run out for the boys. We’re disappointed that we didn’t get the result that we wanted but it’s been good to get that time in our legs.

“Personally, it was nice to get some runs. It felt pretty good, although my rhythm wasn’t quite there at the start. As the innings progressed I started to find that and started to hit the ball quite sweetly. I’ve been working on quite a few things over the winter and they came pretty good today.”

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