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Seconds win County Trophy in Cornwall

Somerset Second XI travelled to Truro CC on Sunday to take part in the T20 County Trophy, involving neighbours Devon CCC and Cornwall CCC that was sponsored by west-country ice cream producers Treleavens.

Somerset Seconds won both of their matches to lift the County Trophy with Tom Banton top scoring and Lewis Goldsworthy taking six wickets in the two games.

In Somerset’s first game against Devon, they won the toss and scored 184 for six.

Skipper Jim Allenby batting at the top of the order got the innings off to a good start with 24 off 21 balls with three 4s and a 6 before he was third man out in the eighth over with the total on 54.

Michael Leask then hit 19 off 14 balls before he was dismissed with the total on 88, when Banton came to the wicket.

The 18 year old Academy youngster remained out in the middle along with all rounder Ben Green and together they added 96 together before Banton was out off the last ball of the innings.

Banton’s 71 came off just 33 balls with five 4s and five 6s, while Green ended unbeaten on 19 off as many balls after spending 29 minutes at the crease.

When Devon replied they reached 139 for nine, Academy youngster Lewis Goldsworthy the pick of the bowlers ending with four for 27 from his four overs, while Max Waller claimed two for 17 also from four.

The second game against Cornwall was a much closer affair.Once again Somerset chose to bat first and hit 131 for nine, Fin Trenouth opening the innings making 21 off 23.

George Bartlett went cheaply and Ryan Davies for eight which brought Banton to the wicket in the sixth over with the total on 36 for three.

Banton and Rouse added 33 for the fourth wicket before Rouse perished for 10. Waller made eight before departing which brought Leask to the wicket.

The Scotsman added 20 with Banton but with the score on 101 in the 15th over the latter was out for 37 off 28 balls which included four 4s.

Leask hit 22 off 16 balls while Allenby ended unbeaten on 11 off six balls with two 4s at the end of the innings.

When Cornwall batted they looked well placed at 85 for four in the 15th over. However  Tim Rouse bowled four overs of off spin, conceded just 15 runs and claimed a wicket, while Goldsworthy against his home county claimed two for 23 off four and paceman Joe Gore took two for 38.

In the Cornwall match Banton took the gloves  and claimed two stumpings to round off a good day.

Steve Snell the Second XI Coach and Academy Director said afterwards: “It was great that Somerset were invited to take part in this competition. The whole event was a real success and it was good to see so many of our younger players shining under pressure.

“This was also a great chance to take a Somerset side to play down in Cornwall where we have strong relationships and particularly good for young Lewis Goldsworthy to impress on his home turf!”

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