Somerset v Gloucestershire: Pre-Season - Day Three Live





It was Gloucestershire’s batters who walked out to the middle on the final morning, but it wasn’t long before the Somerset bowlers were on top.

Ben Charlesworth and Chris Dent had taken the visitors to 27 when Ned Leonard found Charlesworth’s outside edge and James Hildreth took a sharp catch at second slip. The score had advanced to 49 when Tom Abell sent Miles Hammond’s middle stump cartwheeling towards the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion, and shortly afterwards Marchant de Lange accounted for Jack Taylor in similar fashion to leave Gloucestershire on 56 for three. By the time the lunch interval had arrived the visitors were 66 for three.

During the break, Chris Dent retired not out on 27, which saw George Scott join Tom Lace in the middle. The pair added a further 22 runs before Scott was caught behind by James Rew off the bowling of Ben Green for four. Gloucestershire eventually declared on 119 for four.

Roelof van der Merwe and Ben Green opened the batting for Somerset and the pair had reached 48 without loss at tea. Van der Merwe retired not out on 26 during the interval, and when play resumed George Bartlett joined Green in the middle. The score had moved to 92 when Green was dismissed for 29 at 92 for one. Bartlett and Lewis Goldsworthy brought up the Somerset hundred in the 30th over. Bartlett was run out for 46 at 124 for three and by the close Somerset had reached 135 for three.


18:00 – CLOSE OF PLAY – Somerset 135/3.

17:42 – Wicket: George Bartlett is run out for 46. Somerset 124/3.

17:34 – Wicket: Lewis Goldsworthy is lbw to Jack Taylor for 13. The new batter is Will Smeed. Somerset 118/2.

17:11 – 100 on the board for Somerset in the 30th over. Somerset 101/1.

17:04 – Wicket: Ben Green is caught by Ryan Higgins off the bowling of Ajeet Singh-Dale for 29. Lewis Goldsworthy is the new batter. Somerset 92/1.

16:15 – Dominic Goodman is absolutely convinced that George Bartlett is caught behind, but the umpires are unmoved. Somerset 57/0.

16:01 – George Bartlett finds the rope from the first delivery of the session to get off the mark and bring up the Somerset 50. Somerset 52/0.

16:00 – EVENING SESSION – The players are back out in the middle. Matt Taylor will open the bowling after tea. Roelof van der Merwe has retired not out, so George Bartlett joins Ben Green at the crease. Somerset 48/0.

15:39 – TEA – Somerset are 48/0 at the break. Roelof van der Merwe 26* and Ben Green 14*.

14:40 – Ben Green and Roelof van der Merwe will open the batting for Somerset. Ryan Higgins will bowl the opening over. Somerset 0/0.

14:37 – Gloucestershire have declared on 119/4.

14:20 – Lewis Goldsworthy is on at the River End. Gloucestershire 98/4.

14:03 – WICKET! George Scott is caught behind by James Rew off the bowling of Ben Green for four. Gloucestershire 88/4.

13:46 – Ben Green will continue from the River End. Gloucestershire 70/3.

13:40 – AFTERNOON SESSION – Chris Dent has retired not out on 27. George Scott is the new batter. Ollie Sale will bowl the opening over of this session from the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End. Gloucestershire 66/3.

13:00 – LUNCH – As the players leave the field for lunch, Gloucestershire are 66/3.

12:41 – Ben Green replaces Tom Abell at the River End. Gloucestershire 56/3.

12:35 – Ollie Sale is into the attack at the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End. Gloucestershire 56/3.

12:27 – WICKET! More flying timber! This time it’s Marchant de Lange who uproots Jack Taylor’s off stump and the Gloucester man goes for one. Gloucestershire 56/3.

12:15 – WICKET! Tom Abell sends Miles Hammond’s middle stump cartwheeling! Gloucestershire 49/2.

12:01 – That’s an absolute beauty from Marchant de Lange. Pace and movement. Hammond is lucky that it avoids his outside edge by a whisker! Gloucestershire 38/1.

11:52 – Marchant de Lange is into the attack at the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End. Gloucestershire 37/1.

11:46 – Tom Abell replaces Ned Leonard from the River End. Gloucestershire 33/1.

11:39 – WICKET! Ned Leonard finds Charlesworth’s outside edge and James Hildreth takes a sharp catch at second slip. The Gloucester man goes for 15. Gloucestershire 27/1.

11:06 – Ned Leonard will bowl the second over of the day from the River End.

11:00 – MORNING SESSION – Chris Dent and Ben Charlesworth will open the batting. Lewis Gregory will bowl the opening over. Charlesworth will face the first ball. Gloucestershire 0/0.

10:57 – Word is filtering through that Gloucestershire will be batting when play gets underway.

10:38 – All set here for day three. No indication as yet if Somerset will continue their first innings.


Tom Abell and Tom Lammonby shared a century second wicket partnership on day two of this three-day pre-season match between Somerset and Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Gloucestershire declared on their overnight score of 371 for five, which meant that Lammonby and Ben Green walked out to bat on another glorious morning in Taunton. However, the visitors made an early breakthrough when Green was trapped lbw by Ryan Higgins for four with just nine runs on the board. Lammonby was joined in the middle by Abell and by the time the lunch interval arrived, the pair had taken the score to 84.

After lunch, the two Somerset batters took their partnership to three figures before Lammonby fell lbw to Dominic Goodman for 44 with the score on 109. Abell reached his half century from 114 balls, and alongside James Hildreth, took Somerset to the 150 mark. Hildreth was dropped on 24 by Tom Lace, but his reprieve only lasted one further ball as he was caught by Higgins off the bowling of David Payne. Abell and George Bartlett advanced the score to 167, but the Somerset skipper was trapped lbw by Higgins for 76. Bartlett and Lewis Goldsworthy then saw Somerset through to tea with the score on 180 for four.

In the final session of the day the Somerset pair took their side past 200. Bartlett was looking in good touch and claimed two sixes in an over off Ben Charlesworth but he fell for 41, caught by Goodman off the bowling of Ajeet Singh-Dale, at 220 for five. Lewis Gregory and James Rew fell in quick succession to leave Somerset on 236 for seven.

By the close of play Somerset had reached 256 for seven.


Ryan Higgins and Tom Lace shared a big sixth wicket stand for Gloucestershire on the opening day of this three-day pre-season match at a gloriously sunny Cooper Associates County Ground.

After winning the toss the visitors elected to bat under blue skies in Taunton.

Lewis Gregory and Ned Leonard opened the bowling for the hosts, and it was the latter who was successful early on, removing both Gloucestershire openers to leave the visitors on 21 for two in the 10th over. However, Graeme van Buuren and James Bracey steadied the ship and brought up the Gloucestershire 50 in the 17th over. By lunch, the pair had taken the score to 110.

After the break, George Bartlett took a good tumbling catch at extra cover to remove Graeme van Buuren (54) off the bowling of Lewis Gregory at 150 for three and when Roelof van der Merwe accounted for James Bracey (73) Gloucestershire were 166 for four. Tom Lammonby then took a catch low down in the slips to remove Miles Hammond for 19, which left the visitors on 186 for five. By the time the tea interval arrived, Lace and Higgins had advanced Gloucestershire to 230 for five.

In the evening session the pair continued to find the gaps and by the close of play their partnership had passed 150 and Gloucestershire closed on 371 for five.


Somerset welcome Gloucestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Saturday March 26th) for a three-day pre-season match which is due to get underway at 11am.


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 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.

This fixture is not included in 2022 Membership and therefore The 1875 Club will be open to all Members. The Long Room will not be open.


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.


The two sides have met in First Class cricket on 207 occasions. Somerset have won 58 of the matches, Gloucestershire have won 74 times, 72 matches have been drawn and three have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 534 for six at Taunton in 1980, while for Gloucestershire it is 611 for nine declared also at Taunton in 2003.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 241 not out by Viv Richards at Bristol in 1977, while for Gloucestershire it is 288 by W.G. Grace at Bristol in 1895.

The best bowling for Somerset is nine for 46 by Jack White at Bristol in 1914, while for Gloucestershire it is 10 for 79 by Charlie Parker also at Bristol in 1921.


The Somerset squad for this match is as follows: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Ned Leonard, James Rew, Ollie Sale, Will Smeed and Roelof van der Merwe.


Ahead of the game, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The fact that the weather is set fair gives us the opportunity to rotate the squad, so we will be looking to rest a couple of people this weekend. This will present the chance for people to either move up the order or show us what they can do with the ball.

“What’s really exciting about this year is that we’ve still got the overseas players to come into the mix. That gives us genuine competition for places with both bat and ball. That’s something that we’ve not quite had for a couple of years, and it will make it much harder when it comes to making those final decisions ahead of that first game at the Ageas Bowl. Guys are going to have to earn the right to get into that final XI and we’ve seen already this pre-season that there have been some fantastic contributions with both bat and ball.

“The guys have to be ruthless and maximise their opportunities. Their attitude so far has been fantastic in the matches and in training. From their point of view, they know that they’ve got six days of cricket to stake their claim for a place in the starting XI.

“There’s no such thing as a friendly, especially when it’s against your local rivals. There are no points at stake, but it’s all about personal pride. You want to get the right result and put in a commanding performance.”


Somerset’s next pre-season match is a three-day fixture against Warwickshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground which begins on Friday April 1st.

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