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SOMERSET V GLAMORGAN: DAY TWO REPORT

DAY TWO REPORT

Both teams enjoyed a good period of time in the middle on the final day of this two-day pre-season match at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Resuming on 78 for six in the first innings, Glamorgan eventually declared on 152 for seven in reply to Somerset’s 223 for four. Tom Abell was the pick of the home bowlers, claiming three for 25 from 8.4 overs. Jack Brooks also impressed with three for 38.

Batting for a second time, the hosts had reached 40 for one by lunch, Steve Davies the man to go for 18. Abell (30) and Lewis Goldsworthy (27*) shared a half century stand which saw Somerset to 79 for one when the declaration came after 30 overs.

Glamorgan slipped to two for two as Marchant de Lange and Ned Leonard struck early on, but Salter and Sam Northeast took the score to 42 for two at tea.

By the close of play, the visitors had reached 169 for three. Salter fell for 84 when he was caught and bowled by Roelof van der Merwe, whilst Northeast finished unbeaten on 81.

At the end of the game, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr was pleased by what he had seen over the last two days. “Pre-season is about getting your skills ready for the first game of the season,” he said. “I thought the guys batted beautifully and we were excellent with the new ball. We’ve been discussing the game in the dressing room and I don’t think we could have gotten any more out of the last two days.

“I feel like we are building really well towards that first game at the Ageas, but we’ve got six more days of opportunities on the field before that. What’s really exciting is that we have genuine competition for places and that’s driving the standards up all the time.”

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DAY ONE REPORT

Somerset had very much the better of the opening day of this two-day pre-season match against Glamorgan at the Cooper Associates County Ground. Day two will start tomorrow at 10:30am

A fine innings from Tom Banton was backed up by some excellent bowling as the hosts dominated proceedings.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Somerset openers Ben Green and Tom Lammonby made a solid start and reached their 50 partnership in the 15th over.

The score had reached 60 when Green was bowled by van der Gugten for for 30. George Bartlett then fell for one for the addition of just five runs, and by the time the lunch interval arrived Somerset were 88 for two.

After the interval, Lammonby was trapped lbw by McIlroy for 40 but Banton and James Hildreth took the hosts to three figures in the 39th over before Banton reached his 50 from 91 balls.

The Somerset pair shared a century stand and took their side past the 200-mark, but Hildreth fell for 31with the score at 201 for four.

Shortly thereafter, Banton reached three figures from 124 balls, and at the tea interval Somerset were 223 for four with Banton unbeaten on 106 and Lewis Goldsworthy on nine not out.

Glamorgan came out to bat after the break, at which point the home bowlers really took control. Jack Brooks (three for 12) continued his good form and the visitors top four were all back in the pavilion with the scoreboard showing just 29 runs.

Tom Abell then claimed two quick wickets as the hosts finished the day on 78 for six, trailing by 145.

At the close of play, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “I’m delighted by how today has gone. We wanted to challenge ourselves against the moving ball and the way that the guys applied themselves was very pleasing.

“The openers were very impressive, and Tom Banton showed that he is maturing as a cricketer and played superbly. The bowlers were also exceptional. Kasey is showing what he’s capable of and Jack Brooks continued his outstanding pre-season form.

“It’s been a very productive day for us.”

Tom Banton added: “It was tricky early on, but I’ve worked on some things over the winter and that seems to be paying off so far. I feel like I’ve taken a big step forward with my batting and hopefully there’s more to come.

“We’ve had a really good winter and there was a nice balance of playing hard and bonding as a unit so it’s nice to see the rewards of that today.”


DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS


DAY ONE AS IT HAPPENED

17:58 – Glamorgan finish 78/6 here at the CACG

15:57 – Tom Banton scores a century and Somerset declare 223/4

12:12 – Ben Green bowled by vd Gugten for 30. George Bartlett the new man in

11:06 – Ben Green and Tom Lammonby opening for Somerset

10:44 – Somerset win the toss and elect to bat first

09:22 – Cricket. A full calendar of unaffected and uninterrupted domestic cricket. It begins today!


MATCH PREVIEW

Somerset will begin a two-day pre-season match against Glamorgan tomorrow (Monday March 21st).

Play will begin at 10:30am on day two.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Gates will open one hour before play begins.

Entry to the Cooper Associates County Ground will be free of charge for these fixtures. Membership cards will not be required for 2022 Members and will be arriving soon.

The pay and display car parks at the Cooper Associates County Ground will be in operation. Spectators will therefore need to pay for their parking on the day.

Seating will be available in the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion and in the Ondaatje stands.

Refreshments will be available in Stragglers Coffee House. This will include our new breakfast and lunch menu.

The 1875 Club and The Long Room will not be available for these fixtures.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can keep up to date with the match via our Twitter feed.

In addition to this, a report on the day’s play, along with quotes, will be posted after the close.

There will be a test stream available of this match via the usual channels. Please note that this will not include audio commentary or a roaming camera.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have played against each other in First Class cricket on 152 occasions. Somerset have won 38 of these fixtures, Glamorgan have won on 44 occasions whilst 70 have been drawn.

The highest total for Somerset in the series is 600 for eight declared at Taunton in 2001, while for Glamorgan it’s 574 for seven at Newport in 1939.

The highest innings by a Somerset batsman is 313* by Jimmy Cook at Sophia Gardens in 1990 and for Glamorgan it is 216 by Dai Davies, again in that 1939 match at Newport.

The best bowling in an innings for Somerset is nine for 51 by Jack White in 1932 at Bath and for Glamorgan it is eight for 42 by Brian Evans at Cardiff Arms Park in 1961.

The last time the two sides met in red-ball cricket was in the Bob Willis Trophy in 2020when Somerset came out on top by 289 runs at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Somerset posted a total of 296 all out. Steve Davies top scored with 81 not out whilst Tom Lammonby contributed 41 on his First Class debut.

The Somerset bowlers were on top right from the off and the visitors were reduced to 38 for six in the 21st over. The visitors were eventually dismissed for 131. Craig Overton was the pick of the bowlers, claiming five for 38.

Batting for a second time, Somerset made 290 for eight declared. Tom Abell top scored with a superb 119 whilst Ben Green, batting as a concussion substitute for George Bartlett, added 54.

Despite 82 from Chris Cooke, the Somerset bowers again dominated and the visitors were all out for 166. Jamie Overton claimed five for 48.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset have named the following squad for the game: Tom Abell (c), Kasey Aldridge, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Steve Davies, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Ned Leonard, Ollie Sale and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the game, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “I don’t think that our two weeks away could have gone any better from a preparation point of view. To have the opportunity to build on that at home over the next few days is exciting.

“These pre-season matches will give us the opportunity to continue our good momentum ahead of that important first game.

“As with all the other counties, the players are honing their skills and looking to build confidence. The key for us as a unit is to ensure that the players are in the best physical and mental state possible. When you’re looking to improve your match sharpness, you can’t beat playing against First Class opposition.

“We saw in Abu Dhabi that the bowlers became more penetrative with the more overs that they bowled, and the fluidity returned to those who spent some time out in the middle with the bat.

“We will now need to adapt to English conditions in order to ensure that we are where we want to be when we head to the Ageas Bowl.”

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match is a three-day pre-season fixture against Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground. Day one of this match is on Saturday March 26th.

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