2nd XI Championship: Somerset v Surrey- Drawn

2nd XI

DAY THREE

Sadly the rain intervened on the final day of the Second XI match against Surrey which had looked poised for an exciting finish at Bath CC but in the end it was abandoned  as a draw,

Starting on 213 for three  Tom Abell and Adam Hose added 11 to the overnight score when the former was out for 91, the fourth wicket pair adding 112 runs together.Hose went 20 runs later for 74, which brought Ben Green into join Tom Banton.

The Academy duo enjoyed themselves out in the middle and added 112 in an unbroken sixth partnership in 14 overs before Somerset declared on 356 for 5, by which time Banton was unbeaten on 62 off 45 balls with eight 4s and one 6, while Green was 60 not out off 49 balls, also with eight 4s  and one 6.

Set a target of 375 for victory Ollie Sale made the breakthrough with the score on 17. However with the total on 51 for one off 9.2 overs rain fell and the players left the field with Surrey still needing a further 324 for victory after which there was no further play.

Afterwards Steve Snell the Second XI Coach said: “We have had a great four days in the beautiful surroundings at Bath Cricket Club that were well attended and I think all of them have enjoyed playing here. For many of them it was the first time, while Marcus (Trescothick) was able to tell us a few stories about him playing over the road on occasions.

“The team really enjoyed having Marcus around them and he is inspirational in his actions and his experience. He was disappointed that he didn’t get more time in the middle but it was great to see him there.

Tom Abell played brilliantly in the one day game, and Adam Hose played fantastically well to try and set up the game and give us the chance of a result. Tom Banton and Ben Green also played brilliantly but unfortunately the rain curtailed any hopes of a result.

“However there are lots of positives to take from the game. Ollie Sale got five wickets in only his third game back after being out for sometime and he will have taken a lot of confidence from his performance. Tom Banton keep well and batted nicely today which was a good time to be out in the middle when you are trying to force a declaration and he was looking very good, so all in all a really good work out.”

Steve added: “It would have been an exciting day and the game was set up pretty well until the weather came in.”

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DAY TWO

Surrey began day two of the this three-day Second XI Championship match on 38 for three in reply to Somerset’s total of 305 all out.

Ollie Sale added to his tally of wickets early on as he trapped Aneesh Kapil lbw to leave Surrey on 58 for four.  However, 93 from former Somerset player James Burke helped to bring them back in to the game.  Surrey were eventually all out for 286 with Sale finishing with figures of five for 64 whilst there were also three wickets for Jack Leach.

Somerset started their second innings strongly as Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell put on 41 for the first wicket before Trescothick was out for 26.  Although two more wickets fell before the close of play, Abell remained unbeaten on 84 whilst Adam Hose was also not out on 71 as Somerset ended the day on 213 for three, a lead of 232.

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The Somerset Second XI squad to face Surrey at Bath is:  Marcus Trescothick, Tom Abell (c), Eddie Byrom, Tim Rouse, Adam Hose, Tom Banton (wkt), Ben Green, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Ollie Sale, Liam Redrup and Kam Leverock (Cardiff MCCU).

DAY ONE

Somerset 2nd XI began a three-day Championship match against their Surrey counterparts at Bath Cricket Club’s ground in North Parade today.

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat but lost opener Marcus Trescothick with the score on three.  Tom Abell and Eddie Byrom had taken the score to 31 when the former was trapped lbw for 16.  Byrom then fell for 13 without any further runs having been added to the score.

Somerset were struggling at 31 for three but a partnership of 137 between Adam Hose and Tim Rouse took the score to 168.  Hose made an eye catching 76 from 118 balls with 13 fours before being dismissed.  Rouse then fell one run later for 55 and Tom Banton was outl for three to leave Somerset on 171 for six.

By tea Somerset had reached 229 for seven.

After the tea break 41 from Jack Leach helped Somerset post a total of 305 all out.

In reply Surrey found themselves in trouble early on as Ollie Sale put Somerset in the driving seat.  The young bowler claimed two wickets and secured a run out as Surrey finished the day on 38 for three.