Somerset took on their Lancashire counterparts at Emirates Old Trafford today in the final of the Second XI Trophy.
Lancashire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Somerset openers Johann Myburgh and Adam Hose put on 36 for the first wicket but Myburgh was then dismissed for 22. Hose then went without any runs having been added to the total. Somerset found themselves at 81 for five when Josh Davey was stumped and then rain began to fall which brought a halt to proceedings for several hours with Somerset on 107 for five.
After the rain delay the match was reduced to 44 overs per side and Alex Barrow (34), Ben Green (23), Tim Groenewald (26) and Dom Bess (32 not out) ensured that SOmerset posted a total of 209 for nine.
The Lancashire reply started strongly and the hosts had reached 77 without loss before rain once again brought the players off the field.
Play was unable to resume and with Lancashire ahead on D/L they were crowned 2nd XI Trophy champions.
For today’s scorecard please click here.
The Somerset team for the final is: Adam Hose, Johann Myburgh, George Bartlett, Tim Rouse, Alex Barrow+, Josh Davey, Michael Leask, Ben Green, Max Waller*, Tim Groenewald and Dom Bess.
Looking ahead to the game Second XI Coach Steve Snell said: “It’s brilliant to have reached the final and all of the guys who are going up are hugely excited to play against Lancashire on a Test Match ground. “They will be seeing this as a challenge to play against another good side and with it being a final that will add a bit of spice to the game.
“Some of the guys will have the incentive of the Royal London One-Day Cup to look forward to and the younger guys will be trying to force their way into the squad. There are lots of ways of looking at it but all of the guys are really looking forward to getting up to Manchester to prepare for the game.”
Somerset have already made it to the 2nd XI T20 Finals Day so this will be the second final that Steve Snell has guided the side through about which he said: “I’d like to give a lot of credit to everyone in terms of all of the coaches at the club. One of the strengths of how we operate is that we are fairly inclusive and everybody works across the boards. Everyone works with the various players so we can all take some pride in the fact that the guys have played some good cricket.
“At the end of the day credit has to go to the players who have done well to get there and it’s vital that the experiences that these guys get from the final stand them in good stead for when they get into the first team.”
Steve added: “We are delighted that the guys are getting the opportunity to play some more pressurized cricket. I think it reflects well on the Club that we have a lot of young talent coming through and some experienced players who are keen to perform in the second team.”