Second XI: Somerset come agonisingly close to sensational win

2nd XI

Day Three: Report

A sixth wicket partnership of over 200 between Jim Allenby and Max Waller nearly saw Somerset to a remarkable victory over Sussex on the final day of their Championship match at Taunton Vale.

Sussex declared on 212 for six, a lead of 373.

Somerset lost a number of early wickets and slipped to 27 for five but a 53 run partnership between Jim Allenby and Max Waller in the morning session gave the home side a glimmer of hope and at lunch they had reached 80 for five, still trailing by 293.

After the interval Allenby and Waller continued to prosper and their 216 run partnership took the score to 243 before Waller was dismissed for 97.  Allenby passed the 100 mark and at tea Somerset had reached 252 for six.

Allenby eventually fell for 121 with the score on 296 which set up a dramatic finish.  Dom Bess made 72 before he was run out to leave Somerset needing seven runs with one wicket remaining.  Unfortunately for the home side Ben Williams was bowled by Hatchett for five as Somerset fell agonisingly short of their goal.

Sussex won the match by just three runs and take 24 points from the match with Somerset claiming five

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Day Two: Report

Sussex resumed on 252 for seven on day two of the Second XI Championship match against Somerset at Taunton Vale.

Lewis Hatchett was dismissed by Ben Williams this morning for 55 with the score on 304.  The remaining two wickets fell soon afterwards and Sussex were all out for 317.

Williams was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three for 70 off 17 overs.  Jim Allenby and Max Waller both claimed two wickets whilst Liam Redrup and Nathan Gilchrist took one wicket each.

Somerset lost an early wicket when Adam Hose was trapped lbw with the first ball by Hatchett but a 45 run partnership between Eddie Byrom and Johann Myburgh steadied the ship before the latter was out for 27.  Byrom then put on a 46 run partnership with Jim Allenby before being dismissed for 21 to leave Somerset on 91 for three.

In the 20th over Hatchett trapped both Allenby and Leask lbw as Somerset slipped to 95 for five.  Jack Winslade then accounted for Max Waller and Alex Barrow as Somerset reached 126 for seven.  Stuart Whittingham then cleaned up the tail as Somerset were dismissed for 156.

Batting for a second time Sussex had reached 170 for three by the close putting them 330 runs ahead with seven second innings wickets remaining.

Day One: Report

Somerset Second XI began a three day Championship match against their Sussex counterparts at Taunton Vale Sports Club on Monday morning.

Somerset won the toss and elected to field.  Jim Allenby then made an early breakthrough when he had Phil Salt caught behind by Alex Barrow with just 18 on the board.  Allenby struck again soon after when he bowled Craig Cachopa to leave Sussex on 21 for two.  Barrow claimed his second catch of the morning as he dismissed Harry Finch from the bowling of Ben Williams as Sussex reached 37 for three.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice and William Hale ensured that the visitors reached the lunch interval without further loss with the scoreboard showing 60 for three.

A large portion of the day was lost to rain but when the players went back out Hudson-Prentice passed the 50 mark whilst Williams, Redrup and Gilchrist all claimed a wicket each. When the tea interval arrived the visitors had reached 136 for six.

After the interval the seventh wicket partnership between Hudson-Prentice and Hatchett went on to add 107 together before Hudson-Prentice was out for 125, before Sussex ended the day on 252 for seven.

Allenby finished with two for 34 while Ben Williams claimed two for 59.