Lewis impresses again in Southport draw


Another solid innings from Lewis Goldsworthy helped to ensure that Somerset’s LV= Insurance County Championship match with Lancashire at Southport ended in a draw on a tense final day.

Left arm spinner Jack Morley’s best First Class figures of five for 69 were not enough for the home side as it finished in a stalemate at Trafalgar Road.

Keaton Jennings’ knock of 319 had allowed the hosts to declare overnight on 624 for nine with Somerset knowing they would have to first reach and then bat beyond Lancashire’s lead of 178 if they were to save the game.

By the close of play on the final day, Somerset reached 213 for seven when, with seven overs left and the clock ticking around to 5.30pm, Lancashire skipper Dane Vilas called time on proceedings with the customary handshake as the Red Rose settled for 15 points and Somerset 11.

Earlier in the day neither Tom Bailey or Will Williams were able to make the breakthrough with the new ball, forcing Vilas to turn quickly to Morley and was rewarded when Matt Renshaw departed for 12 driving the left arm spinner’s straight back to the bowler.

Morley struck again four overs later with Rob Jones taking a sharp catch at leg slip to dismiss Steven Davies for 11 to leave Somerset on 32 for two.

Bowling from the Harod Drive end, Morley was finding turn and bounce on the worn pitch and George Bartlett was the next to go as he stepped across his stumps and was trapped in front for four to leave the score on 74 for three at lunch.

Tom Lammonby had worked hard up until that point but he became Morley’s fourth wicket after lunch when he attempted a reverse sweep and the ball found Keaton Jennings at short leg via the batter’s glove.

Lammonby’s dismissal for 33 prompted some more dogged determination from Somerset as Goldsworthy and James Rew came together and dropped anchor for the rest of the middle session and saw out the continued threat of Morley and the part time spin of Luke Wells and Steven Croft.

Morley claimed his fifth wicket straight after tea when Rew was caught at short leg by Jennings for 23 from 111 balls. The fifth wicket pair had put on 80 runs.

Lewis Gregory drove straight to Josh Bohannon at cover for 25 to leave the score on 189 for six with Somerset holding a slender lead of 11 runs.

In the last hour Roelof van der Merwe departed, fending off Luke Wood to Jennings for 12, but there was to be no last minute twist to the plot as Goldsworthy steered the ship towards dock, finishing an excellent game for him personally, unbeaten on 73 off 213 balls with skipper Peter Siddle (4*) the other not out batter at the close.

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