After dominating their match against Cardiff MCCU from start to finish Somerset settled for a draw at Taunton Vale.
After the game Assistant Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The good thing for us was that the players had time on their feet in a match situation after losing two days at Durham last week. We have had three days when the guys have scored heavily, the bowlers bowled in the areas we are looking to bowl in for the Surrey game and the attitude has been outstanding throughout.
“We weren’t quite on the money at Durham and we needed to sharpen our skills which is what we have done over the last few days.”
Jason added: “Craig Overton has been outstanding and he will be available for the Surrey game and a few of the other guys have stood up which will give us a few section headaches for the game at the Oval next week.”
Resuming this morning on 259 for three James Hildreth, who began on 66 and Roelof van der Merwe who started on 23, took the total onto 293 when the all rounder was out for 36, the first of James Turpin’s three victims in the session.
Two overs later the young Cornishman struck again when he had Peter Trego caught by his former King’s College team mate James Brand without scoring.
Hildreth saw the 300 onto the board and looked to be closing in on a century but on 96 he was caught by ‘keeper Cameron Herring off Turpin.
Ryan Davies was joined by Craig Overton and in the space of 10 overs the pair added 103 runs to take Somerset onto 421 before Davies retired on 66 off 40 balls after being hit on the hand. Craig Overton and his twin brother Jamie added 34 in three overs when Craig was out for 69 off 37 balls, which included four fours and six sixes and when Jamie was dismissed for 30 off 35 balls Somerset were effectively all out on the stoke of lunch for 480 off 86.2 overs.
Facing an unlikely target of 715 for victory in two sessions the students got off to the worst possible of starts when Josh Lawlor was run out by Tim Groenewald with just one run on the board. Brad Scriven and Neil Brand then took Cardiff onto 21 when Scriven retired hurt after being hit on the helmet by Craig Overton.
Brand had moved onto eight when he was caught by Hildreth off Jamie Overton with the total on 25. Tim Rouse was dismissed by Tim Groenewald, caught at second slip by Marcus Trescothick with the total on 35 and in the next over Herring was caught by his opposite number Davies off the bowling of Trego.
Groenewald then claimed two wickets in as many balls when he caught and bowled Sean Griffiths with the last ball of the 20th over and then had Kamau Leverock caught by Craig Overton off the first ball of his next, which saw the students 48 for six.
Tom Abell came onto bowl at the south end and accounted for Tom Cullen LBW and Daniel Lewis Williams caught by Van der Merwe with the score on 73. Turpin then joined Andrew Westphal and the ninth wicket pair batted through until 5pm when the players shook hands with Cardiff MCCU 143 for eight off 50 overs, Westphal ending unbeaten on 35 off 71 balls and Turpin 36 not out off 52 balls.
Groenewald was the pick of the bowlers with three for five off five overs, two of which were maidens, while Abell took two for 45 off 9 with three maidens.