Somerset 2nd XI enjoyed a double success over their Essex counterparts by winning both of the T20 matches that were played at Taunton Vale Sports Club on Friday.
After electing to bat the hosts slipped to 40 for two but a quickfire 40 from Peter Trego, which came from just 22 balls, steadied the ship. James Hildreth (28) and Ryan Davies (24) both scored at more than a run a ball but wickets continued to fall and Somerset closed on 154 for eight from their 20 overs.
The Essex reply got off to a poor start when Kishen Velani was dismissed with the score on nine. Liam Gough then departed just nine runs later and wickets tumbled at regular intervals. In truth the Somerset bowlers never let their opponents settle and Essex were dismissed for just 92 from 16.1 overs as Somerset won by 62 runs.
Tim Groenewald was the pick of the Somerset bowlers and took three for six from his two overs. Max Waller claimed two for eight and there was a wicket each for Jamie Overton, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory and Roelof van der Merwe.
The Somerset squad for match one was: Jim Allenby, Johann Myburgh, Peter Trego, James Hildreth, Roelof van der Merwe, Ryan Davies, Lewis Gregory, Jamie Overton, Ben Green, Tim Groenewald, Max Waller and Tim Rouse.
In the second game Somerset once again chose to bat first and got off to a good start thanks to openers Johann Myburgh and Jim Allenby who added 74 in 10.2 overs before Myburgh was out for 27 off 28 balls with four 4s.
Trego hit a breezy 18 off 14 deliveries with a 4 and a 6 before he perished before Allenby was joined by Davies who made 15 not out at a run a ball to help Somerset post 166 for two from their 20 overs.
Allenby remained unbeaten at the end of the innings on 93 off 65 balls which included 10 fours and one 6.
Essex in reply reached 131 for six, to give the hosts a comfortable victory, the wickets being shared.
The Somerset squad for match two is: Jim Allenby, Johann Myburgh, Peter Trego, James Hildreth, Roelof van der Merwe, Ryan Davies, Craig Overton, Ben Green, Max Waller, Alex Barrow, Michael Leask, Adam Hose, Tim Rouse, Liam Redrup, Dom Bess.
Afterwards Steve Snell said: “It was a good day for us at Taunton Vale. In view of the fact that we have our first T20 game at Kent next weekend we had a very strong side out in both games because Matt Maynard wanted to give as many of the guys as possible some white ball practice and this was the last chance.
Steve added: “It was great for some of our young guns like Tim Rouse and Ben Green to be playing in a side along with the likes of Pete Trego, James Hildreth, Tim Groenewald and both the Overtons so it was a great experience for them and good practice for the professionals as well.”