Day Three – Report:
Somerset’s three-day pre-season match against Glamorgan at the SWALEC in Cardiff ended in a draw, with the hosts reaching 195 for seven, chasing 225 for victory.
Afterwards Chris Rogers, who was skippering Somerset for the first time said: “We have got a fair bit out of these three days, although I’m sure that the top order would have liked to have spent a little more time out in the middle. However a few of our guys did get to spend some time out in the middle, and that was good.
“Then I thought that our bowling was really good. We had a bit of a poor start with the new ball on day one, but after that I thought that we were excellent and looked really sharp. We were competitive and worked on the things we needed to.”
Chris added: “There is a still a fair bit to come and we have still got to improve on some things but there were some good signs.”
Resuming on 147 for three after a delayed start Ryan Davies added six to his overnight 64 as he fell to Wagg, his fourth wicket partnership with James Hildreth putting on 119 runs in 26 overs.
Shortly after, Hildreth fell one shy of his half-century, caught behind off Meschede. The wickets continued to tumble in the Somerset innings and it wasn’t long before Jack Leach was edging behind and the visitors were 188 all out.
Chasing 225 for victory Somerset were given a great start thanks to an excellent new ball spell from both Lewis Gregory and Tim Groenewald which reduced Glamorgan to 15 for 3 in their run chase.
After a slight recovery, Jack Leach had Lloyd caught by Gregory with his ninth delivery on his first appearance of pre-season, having now recovered from a back injury picked up during his winter trip to Australia.
By tea Glamorgan had reached 46 for 4, still needing a further 179 runs to win the match with 6 second innings wickets remaining.
Immediately after the break Wagg and opener Bragg added 82 runs in 22 overs, before Wagg was caught by Gregory off Waller for 35.
Meschede had moved onto 14 when he was caught by Hildreth off Groenewald, and the bowler enjoyed more success when he had Bragg caught behind by Davies for 84.
Glamorgan had moved onto 195 without further loss when the players shook hands and the match ended in a draw.
Groenewald ended with three for 36 from his 8 overs, while Gregory finished with two for 34 off 10, with 5 maidens.
Somerset face Lancashire in a three-day game starting on Monday at Taunton Vale at 11am.
Day Two – Report:
An unbeaten 64 from Ryan Davies, well supported by James Hildreth who ended 47 not out, enabled Somerset to end the second day of their pre-season game at Cardiff against Glamorgan 184 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand.
Afterwards the 19 year old ‘keeper/batsman, who joined from Kent in the autumn said: “Yes it has been a good day for me. It was really nice to get out in the middle for some time and get a score, which is what pre-season is all about.
“I seem to enjoy batting in those sorts of situations and going in like I have in my second game with the Somerset lads I could show them what I am all about.
“One thing as young player coming to a new camp I didn’t want to come here and go into my shell, I just wanted to show what I could do and bat the way I batted today, like yesterday it paid off for me, and hopefully it will carry on tomorrow.”
Talking about his ‘keeping Ryan said: “The keeping has been brilliant for me and I’m very pleased. I got a catch off Jim Allenby standing up which I was very happy with.”
He added: “I think the way that I have played in this match will give me a lot of confidence going into the Lancashire match on Monday and then onto Durham.”
Resuming on 75 without loss, the hosts added only four runs before Tim Groenewald bowled Wallace for 45. Soon after two quick wickets fell, as a run-out was followed by Peter Trego dismissing the dangerous Rudolph for 1. Kettleborough (69*), Donald (36) and Lloyd (25*) boosted the hosts to 185 for four and they reached the interval 138 behind Somerset.
Keetleborough and Lloyd took Glamorgan onto 198 when Max Waller accounted for the latter caught and bowled for 30.
Wagg joined Kettleborough and hit a quickfire 20 off 16 balls, including three 4s and a six before he was bowled by Craig Overton with Glamorgan on 225.
Craig Meschede came into face his former team mates and scored seven when he was caught by Jack Leach off Waller with the total on 234.
Kettleborough went to his 100 at which stage he retired after which there was one more wicket for Waller, who bowled Salter for 21 before Glamorgan declared on 286 for eight to end with figures of three for 75 from his 10.4 overs
Batting for a second time with a lead of 37 runs Somerset openers took the score onto 22 when Tom Abell was caught by wicket-keeper Mark Wallace off Meschede for seven.
Somerset lost two further wickets, Marcus Trescothick caught by Bragg off Wagg for 18 on 34, and two runs later Chris Rogers was LBW to Meschede for 7, which saw the visitors 36 for three.
At this point in the proceedings Ryan Davies came into join James Hildreth and gradually they started to rebuild the innings.
The youngster went to a deserved half century and by the close the fourth wicket pair had seen Somerset onto 147 without further loss – having added 110 in 22 overs, by which time Davies was unbeaten on 64 off 67 balls while Hildreth was 47 not out.
Day One – Report:
An unbeaten century from Jim Allenby, well supported by runs from Ryan Davies, Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton enabled Somerset to declare on 323 for seven, in reply to which Glamorgan ended the day 75 without loss by the close.
After the close of play Jim Allenby said: “It was a tough start for us this morning, but the new ball is always going to do a bit early on in Cardiff, in the changeable conditions and to be fair to Glamorgan they bowled brilliantly up front.”
“However as the day went on and the sun came out and the ball got a bit softer we managed to put some runs on the board.”
Regarding Ryan Davies who shared a key partnership with him Jim said: “Ryan came in when we were five down which is a tough situation, but to come through that and to play as positively as he did was really good to see and brought the momentum back in our favour.
“I’m really pleased that he showed the initiative that he did and went on the counter-attack which brought the game back our way, after which the guys coming in could build on it, and we scored quickly.
“It was a really good innings from Ryan and he struck the ball beautifully and the attitude and the positive intent he showed was really great to see, because it can be tough with a new club.”
Regarding his own innings Jim said: “At this of the year my priority is to spend as much time as I can out in the middle, an the first 20 or 30 balls are the toughest. However having managed to get through that a few times this season now I am felling in a pretty good place.
“It was nice to get my first hundred for Somerset although its not a ‘real one’ but it went pretty well, after I’d got through the first hour, which is really important.”
At the start after winning the toss, Marcus Trescothick was dismissed for no score without a run on the board. After Tom Abell was LBW for 12 with the total on 26, James Hildreth and Chris Rogers started to rebuild the innings.
Rogers, playing his first knock for Somerset, faced 43 balls and hit 4 fours before he was caught for 23 with the score on 59. Without addition Hildreth followed shortly afterwards also for 23.
Pete Trego went for 4 with Somerset on 73 when Allenby was joined by Davies and the pair remained together until lunch by which time they had seen the score onto 122, Allenby, playing against his former county remaining unbeaten on 33, while Davies was 20 not out.
Davies played nicely for his 40, adding 84 for the sixth wicket before he was dismissed with the total on 157. Gregory enjoyed some useful time at the crease as he scored 34 from 71 balls and shared a partnership of 86 before he was out with the total on 243. Allenby was then joined by Craig Overton and by tea the two had seen Somerset to 259, the one day skipper brining up his century off 101 balls with 18 fours and one 6.
The eighth wicket pair plundered a further 64 runs in the post tea period before Rogers declared on 323 for 7 off 63 overs, by which time Allenby was unbeaten on 131 from 118 balls with 21 fours and two 6s, while Overton was 42 not out off 30 balls with five 4s and two 6s.
In the 23 overs that remained Glamorgan had scored 75 without loss, still trailing by 248 runs.
Somerset play their penultimate pre-season match of the 2016 campaign when they face Glamorgan in a three day match at Cardiff on Thursday where the first morning is due to get underway at 11am.
Despite the two day game earlier this week against Worcestershire being washed out Director of Cricket Matt Maynard is happy with the way that pre-season has gone so far.
“We can’t control the weather which has cost us the game with Worcestershire and the T20′s against Gloucestershire. However what has impressed me is the way that the players have worked their socks off having come back indoors for the first time, helping each other out and developing each others games, so I am really pleased with that side of things.”
Matt added: “Its looking really good from my perspective and hopefully the weather looks a bit better for later this week in Cardiff and it’s important we make the most of the days that we are there.”