Lewis and James put Somerset in a strong position


A debut First Class century from Lewis Goldsworthy put Somerset in a strong position after day one of this Division One County Championship clash with Lancashire at Southport.

Goldsworthy, whose previous high score was 67, dominated the second half of the day as a partnership of 145 for the fifth wicket with County Championship debutant James Rew saw Somerset take control.

The Red Rose County started the morning well and had reduced the visitors to 16 for two before Tom Lammonby and George Bartlett began the rebuilding mission that was continued by the fifth wicket pair and which allowed Somerset to close on 297 for five in front of a sun-baked crowd on the Sefton coast.

The crowds were still streaming in when Somerset lost their first wicket in the fifth over of the morning with Steve Davies departing after edging Tom Bailey to a tumbling Rob Jones at second slip for three.

Bailey repeated the trick as  nine for one became 16 for two with Jones pouching another to dismiss Matt Renshaw for 13 and leaving Lancashire confident of more to come.

It was not to be as Lammonby and Bartlett slowly got Somerset back into the game.

As is traditional the left arm spin of Jack Morley was introduced just before lunch and the 21-year-old struck with his second ball as Bartlett was bowled for 27 leaving Somerset 89 for three at the interval.

Following lunch the mercury began to rise and so did the run rate as Lammonby was joined by Goldsworthy and the pair began to score more freely off George Balderson and Luke Wood, who struggled to find the accuracy Bailey and Will Williams had in the morning session.

The hundred came up but so did the breakthrough soon afterwards as Lammonby was trapped in front by Williams for a well-made 42, which included eight boundaries.

The fourth wicket brought 18-year-old Rew to the crease with the teenager making his first appearance in the County Championship. His inexperience did not show as together with the 21-year-old Goldsworthy the pair belied their youth and constructed a brilliant partnership that steered the day firmly in Somerset’s direction by late afternoon.

Rew’s half-century came and went and an even more memorable debut looked on the cards until Williams struck with the new ball and enticed the youngster to chip one straight to Bailey at square leg for an excellent 70.

Determined not to make a similar mistake, Goldsworthy brought up his debut First Class century shortly before the close of play and it was one to be proud of coming off 207 balls and with 15 fours.

With Lewis Gregory not out on 23 and Goldsworthy looking hungry to add to his unbeaten score of 103, Somerset will go into day two well in charge and hopeful of only their third win of the season.

At the close of play, Lewis Goldsworthy said: “I’ve felt in pretty good form and it’s a really nice wicket out there. I took my time to get myself in and that was important.

“The situation being in the balance helped me, Lancashire’s bowling attack is good and they put us under pressure early with some early wickets. James (Rew) and I had to knuckle down and get in the fight and come out the other side which we managed to do.

“It was a great knock from him on his debut. The calmness he showed was brilliant. I’m in the infancy of my career too so we were both talking to each other and it was a pleasure to be out there with him.

“It’s a lovely place to play – I’ve never been here before. The crowd were brilliant and the sun was out – it was a beautiful day and I’m really proud.”

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