A young Somerset Academy side supplemented with a couple of more senior players who have experienced first team cricket put up a strong showing against Exeter University but in the end it was the visitors who won when the two sides met at Taunton Vale on Thursday.
After being put into bat Somerset lost Eddie Byrom cheaply in the second over and with the total on 17 Alex Barrow retired hurt after suffering a back spasm while he was batting.
George Bartlett and Adam Hose then added 48 for the second wicket before the Academy youngster was out for 23 with the score on 65.
Four runs later Somerset lost Hose for 27 and Louie Shaw, before Tom Lammonby and Finn Trenouth added 46 runs for the fifth wicket, when Lammonby was dismissed for 23.
Dom Bess hit 16 adding 42 for the seventh wicket with Calvin Harrison who made 60 off 76 balls with five 4s and two sixes, to help Somerset onto 229 for 9 off their 50 overs.
When Exeter University replied openers Harris and Craze added 66 together before Harrison accounted for Craze in the 17th over.
Academy youngster Joe Gore claimed the hosts second wicket when he had Harris caught for 50 with the total on 167 in the 36th over.
Harrison struck again with the score on 188 but that was the last wicket to fall before Exeter University reached their target off the last ball of the 48th over.
Afterwards Second XI coach and Academy Director Steve Snell said: “It was a good run out for the Academy/Second XI team that we had playing.
“Alex Barrow and Adam Hose were the only two professionals we had playing and Alex had to retire hurt with a back spasm.
“The Academy boys have been practicing hard all winter indoors and have put in some great efforts so it was good to be able to reward them with some cricket and it was good for them to be to able to play together which was good for their development and the camaraderie of the group.
Steve added: “It was good to see them put what they have been working on this winter into a game today. There was lots of learning for them in terms of taking part that they have got from the day and also what we as coaches have got from the game, watching how they went abut their business and what they did, it was a great exercise.”