Despite centuries from Adam Hose, his second of the game, and Tim Rouse, Somerset had to settle for a draw from their Second XI Championship match against Essex at Halstead.
Resuming on the third day on 185 for two, Somerset declared on 411 for five, of which Rouse made 101 off 104 balls with 19 fours and Hose an unbeaten 120 off 86 deliveries with 14 fours and four 6s.
Chasing 396 for victory Essex ended the day on 271 for five, Max Waller claiming two for 32 off 15 overs, six of which were maidens.
Essex resumed on 62 for two on day two of this three day Second XI Championship match in reply to Somerset’s first innings total of 357 all out.
A 166 run partnership between Kishen Vilani and Aaron Nijjar took the hosts to 184 before the former was caught by Lewis Gregory from the bowling of Kin Leverock for 79.
When the lunch interval arrived Essex had reached 224 for three, still trailing the Somerset first innings total by 133.
After the break Nijjar went on to make 170 whilst Dickinson added 64 as Essex declared on 372 for six.
Somerset lost Sam Underdown with the score on 14 but 81 from Tom Abell and an unbeaten 86 from Tim Rouse ensured that Somerset reached the close on day two at 185 for two, a lead of 170.
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The squad for the game is: Tom Abell, Sam Underdown, Tim Rouse, Adam Hose, Lewis Grgeory, Alex Barrow+, Eddie Byrom, Max Waller*, Kim Leverock, Ollie Sale, Liam Redrup and Calvin Harrison.
Somerset Second XI were in Championship action today (Monday) when they began a three day game against Essex at Halstead.
Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.
Openers Tom Abell and Eddie Byrom put on 32 for the opening wicket before the former was trapped lbw by Sam Cook for nine. Byrom reached 28 before becoming Cook’s second victim of the morning with the score on 49. Somerset had reached 100 when Tim Rouse was trapped in front by Aaron Nijjar for 23. Lewis Gregory and Adam Hose then ensured that the visitors reached lunch on 130 for three.
After the break Gregory went on to make 47 whilst 53 from Alex Barrow and an unbeaten 80 from Adam Hose moved Somerset on to 288 for six at tea.
After tea Hose went on to complete his century whilst a useful knock from Sam Underdown (35) helped ensure that Somerset were all out for 357 with Hose unbeaten on 118.
The home side lost two early wickets, both to Gregory, and slipped to 18 for two but Nijjar reached 33 not out at the close as Essex finished on 62 for two on day one.