2nd XI Friendly: Big win for Somerset

2nd XI

Day Four:

Gloucestershire resumed on 126 for four on the final day of this Second XI friendly against Somerset at Bristol Cricket Club, still needing 406 to win.

The Somerset bowlers were again on top this morning as the home side reached 193 for seven when play was interrupted by rain.

Paul van Meekeren and Ollie Sale had claimed three wickets each with Dom Bess taking the other.

After another rain break Somerset eventually bowled their hosts out for 274 to win by 257 runs.  Van Meekeren was the pick of the bowlers with four for 72 whilst Ollie Sale took three for 63.

To view the match scorecard please click here.

The Somerset squad for this game was: Adam Hose, Eddie Byrom, Tim Rouse, George Bartlett, Ben Green, Tom Banton, Michael Leask, Max Waller, Dom Bess, David Jacobs (triallist), Ollie Sale and Paul van Meekeren.

Updates will posted through the day and a report will appear here later.

Day Three:

Somerset resumed on 42 for one in their second innings on day three of this four-day 2nd XI friendly against Gloucestershire at Bristol Cricket Club, a lead of 252.

Tim Rouse and George Bartlett continued to take the attack to the home bowlers and had taken the score to 118 when Rouse was trapped lbw by Kieran Noema-Barnett for 57 to end their partnership of 112.  Bartlett then went on to make 59 before he was dismissed and by lunch Somerset had reached 154 for three, a lead of 364.

After the interval Ben Green and Tom Banton took the score to 186 before the latter was bowled by Tom Hampton for 34.  Green went on to score 54 whilst an impressive 74 not out from Max Waller took Somerset to 321 for seven before the declaration came with Somerset leading by 531.

By the close of play Gloucestershire had reached 126 for four as Paul van Meekeren took two wickets to ensure that the visitors ended the day with a lead of 405 and the hosts had a mountain to climb.

Day Two:

Somerset Second XI have taken a commanding lead in their four-day friendly match against their Gloucestershire counterparts at Bristol Cricket Club and by the close on day two lead by 252 runs with eight second innings wickets remaining.

In the morning session, Somerset who started on 408 were bowled out for 414 thanks to a superb run out from Hammond. He removed Paul van Meekeren for 41.

When Gloucestershire replied, van Meekeren struck early when he clean bowled Noema-Barnett for 0. Gilmour and Cockbain took the score to 39 before Ben Green picked up his first wicket, bowling Gilmour for 14. Green and van Meekeren both picked up another wicket before lunch and the hosts entered the interval at 68/4.

After the lunch break the Somerset bowlers continued to bowl in good areas and make life difficult for the Gloucestershire batsmen. Ollie Sale picked up his first wicket of the match and there was also a wicket for triallist David Jacobs as the hosts reached 131/6 at the tea break. Smith and Grieshaber were the not out batsmen.

Off spinner Dom Bess bowled well in the latter stages of the innings and ended with the impressive figures of three for 50 off 15.3 overs,  while Green finished with three for 35 off 12 as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 204.

Batting for a second time with a lead of 21o Somerset lost Eddie Byron for four early on before Tim Rouse was joined by George Bartlett and the pair remained together until the close by which time the score had moved onto 42 for one off 21 overs.

To check out the scorecard so far please click here.

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Updates will be posted through the day and a round up of the action will appear here later.

Day One:

The home side made a good start with the ball and Somerset found themselves 13 for three as Tom Hampton removed Eddie Byrom, George Bartlett and Tim Rouse.  A 54 run partnership between Adam Hose and Tom Banton took Somerset to 65 but both were dismissed before lunch as Somerset found themselves 78 for five at the break.

A partnership of 60 between Ben Green and Michael Leask helped to take Somerset to 125 before the former was run out by James Bracey for 18.  Leask was then joined in the middle by Dom Bess and the two Somerset batsmen took the attack to the Gloucestershire bowlers.  Their unbroken partnership of 122 ensured that Somerset reached the tea break on 247 for six with Leask on 103 not out and Bess 54 not out.

Leask was eventually dismissed for a superb 122 from 150 balls and his innings included 18 fours and one six.  His partnership with Bess was worth 168 runs.

Bess went on to make 126 from 163 balls and smashed his way to 19 fours whilst a useful 39 not out from Paul van Meekeren ensured that Somerset closed on 408 for nine.