Somerset unable to capitalise on century opening stand
Somerset failed to take advantage of a century opening stand between Devon Conway and Steve Davies which gave them a firm platform on which to build on day one of this LV= Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
Six wickets fell for 73 runs as Somerset’s middle order were unable to capitalise on that solid start.
Craig Overton, who has taken over the captaincy in Tom Abell’s absence, lost the toss and the visitors elected to field.
After being put in, Conway, making his First Class debut for Somerset, and Davies brought up the home side’s 50 from 89 balls.
The left handers had taken Somerset to 83 when light rain began to fall which resulted in an early lunch being taken.
After the interval, the pair brought up their 100 partnership from 24 overs and both batsmen passed the 50-mark.
Conway reached the milestone first from 82 balls, and Davies followed him to his half century shortly afterwards from 79 balls.
Unfortunately, further rain fell, and the umpires announced an early tea. By this stage Somerset had reached 134 without loss.
Play resumed at 4:20pm and the Somerset openers took the score to 143 before Davies was finally bowled by Will Davis for 65. Davis then accounted for Lewis Goldsworthy to leave Somerset on 151 for two.
Left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson was struck for successive boundaries by Conway, but responded immediately by beating the batsman’s defensive push and bowling him in the 45th over.
When George Bartlett fell lbw to Ben Mike playing no shot, Somerset had lost four wickets for 39 runs.
Leicestershire’s fight back continued as Tom Lammonby edged a drive off Gavin Griffiths to second slip, where Ackermann took another catch.
Griffths, whose first five overs had cost 38 runs, had Hildreth and Craig Overton caught behind off outswingers to leave Somerset 224 for seven.
Roelof van der Merwe, who lofted a six off Parkinson, and Josh Davey saw the hosts through to the close on 242 for seven.
Davis ended the day with two for 40 and Griffiths three for 48.
At the end of the day, Conway said: “It wasn’t ideal to lose the toss and bat first, but that partnership with Steve Davies was pretty awesome. It got us off to a good start and I just wish that we could have capitalised on it a bit more. We fought back to a good position by the end and hopefully we can continue that momentum tomorrow.
“I’m a little bit disappointed that I didn’t kick on and make it big, but it’s nice to contribute in my first innings and I’m looking forward to the second innings. Hopefully if I get into that position again I can make a big score.
“It nipped around a bit and credit has to go to Steve for the way he went about things. We also have to give credit to the Leicestershire bowlers. they swung it a bit more after the rain delays which made it more challenging for our batters.
“I think it’s pretty well poised at the moment. There’s still some life in that wicket and if we bowl really well we can put them on the back foot but we need to bat well in the morning.”
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