2nd XI Championship: Hampshire v Somerset – Day Three
Hampshire came out on top by three wickets in this Second XI Championship at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire resumed on 145 for three on the final day of this Second XI County Championship match at the Ageas Bowl, requiring a further 160 runs for victory.
Wickets for Josh Davey and Lewis Goldsworthy saw the hosts reduced to 253 for six by the time the lunch interval arrived.
However, Joseph Eckland shared a seventh wicket stand of 38 with Scott Currie and 44 with Mason Crane as Hampshire reached their target for the loss of seven wickets.
Somerset began the third day of this match on 82 without loss, leading by 94 runs.
Dan O’Driscoll (66) and Kieran Coyne (63) shared an opening stand of 137 but fell in quick succession. Ben Green added 37 to the score before being bowled by Tom Prest, and by the time the lunch interval arrived Somerset were 201 for three and had extended the lead to 213.
Somerset were eventually dismissed for 292, leaving Hampshire needing 305 for victory. By tea, the hosts had reached 35 without loss.
Toby Albert and Prest shared an opening stand of 91. That soon became 115 for two, and when Prest was caught by Thomas Rew off the bowling of Lewis Goldsworthy for 80 Hampshire were 122 for three.
At the close of play the hosts had reached 145 without further loss, requiring a further 160 runs for victory.
Hampshire resumed on 31 without loss in reply to Somerset’s first innings score of 351 all out.
Openers Tom Prest and Toby Albert shared a stand of 113 before Prest was caught behind by Dan O’Driscoll off Ollie Heard for 50. The same combination the accounted for Shelvin Gumbs (2).
Albert was trapped lbw by Ben Green for 70, and by lunch the hosts had reached 149 for three, trailing by 202.
After the interval, Lewis Goldsworthy bowled Dominic Kelly (30) and Kamran Dhariwal (4) to leave Hampshire on 220 for five, and by the time tea arrived the hosts were 280 for seven, trailing by 71.
The hosts were eventually dismissed for 339. Harry Passenger finished with four for 40.
By the close of play, Somerset had reached 82 without loss, a lead of 94.
Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.
The Somerset opening pair of Daniel O’Driscoll and Kieran Coyne shared a stand of 23 before the latter was bowled by Eddie Jack for 19 off the opening ball of the seventh over. O’Driscoll then edged to second slip off the same bowler for 34 at 86 for two.
Lewis Goldsworthy and Ben Green then took Somerset to lunch with the scoreboard showing 93 for two.
The pair eventually shared a third wicket stand of 147 until Goldsworthy fell for 95 from 166 balls. Green remained unbeaten on 83 as Somerset reached tea on 242 for four.
Green went on to make 115, and Ned Leonard made a rapid 43 as Somerset were dismissed for 351.
Jack was the pick of the Hampshire attack, finishing with three for 40.
By the close of play, the hosts had reached 31 without loss.
The Somerset side is as follows: Kieran Coyne, Dan O’Driscoll†, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green*, George Thomas, Billy Mead, Josh Davey, Thomas Rew, Ned Leonard, Alfie Ogborne, Harry Passenger, Ollie Heard.