Second XI Championship: Outstanding win for Somerset
Somerset began the 294-run chase when play got underway at 11am this morning in this Second XI Championship match against Middlesex at Radlett.
Archie Vaughan fell early but Andy Umeed (72*) and Lewis Goldsworthy (33*) took the visitors to the lunch interval with the score on 116 for one, requiring a further 178 for victory.
After the break, the Somerset pair took the second wicket partnership to 139 before Goldsworthy fell for 51. By tea, Umeed was unbeaten on 107 and Somerset were 213 for five.
In the final session of the match Umeed fell for 126, but Fin Hill made an excellent 65 not and it was fitting that he hit the winning runs with a six off Mark Stoneman to see Somerset home by four wickets.
Somerset will resume on 384 for five on the third day of this Second XI County Championship fixture against Middlesex at Radlett CC.
In the morning session, Andy Umeed finally fell for 179 when he was bowled by Toby Roland-Jones. His sixth wicket partnership with Fin Hill was worth 176. Hill was also bowled by Roland-Jones for a fine 96 with the score on 412 for nine.
Ned Leonard and Alfie Ogborne added 46 for the final wicket as Somerset secured a first innings lead of 10 runs.
By lunch the hosts had reached 21 without loss in their second innings, a lead of 11.
Middlesex had moved to 68 when Mark Stoneman was caught by George Thomas off the bowling of Ned Leonard for 40. That soon became 84 for three but Daniel O’Driscoll helped to ensure that his side reached tea on 126 without further loss.
O’Driscoll went on to make 69 and there was a half century for Ethan Bamber (56 not out) as the hosts were dismissed for 303, a lead of 293.
After a brief delay, play got underway at 11:45am in this Second XI Championship fixture between Middlesex and Somerset at Radlett CC.
After the hosts were dismissed for 448 in their first innings Somerset began their reply when play eventually got underway.
The score had reached 23 when Archie Vaughan was bowled by Tim Murtagh for six. Lewis Goldsworthy was then caught behind for 14 to leave the visitors on 59 for two. However, Andy Umeed reached 50 from 66 balls as Somerset reached the lunch interval on 82 without further loss.
The Somerset 100 came up in the 28th over, and Umeed and George Bartlett added 66 for the third wicket before Bartlett fell for 39 at 125 for three when he was caught and bowled by Toby Roland-Jones.
Further wickets fell, but Umeed remained unbeaten on 98 as the visitors reached tea with the score on 229 for five.
After the break, Umeed reached three figures from 180 balls whilst Fin Hill went to his half century from 74 balls. By the close of play Umeed was not out on 174 with Hill on 79 not out with their sixth wicket partnership worth 171 as Somerset finished the day on 384 for five, trailing by 64 runs.
Somerset began a four-day Second XI County Championship fixture against Middlesex at Radlett CC today (June 19th).
Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl.
The host’s opening pair of Sam Robson and Mark Stoneman shared a stand of 50 until the latter was trapped lbw by Alfie Ogborne for 26 in the ninth over.
Robson brought up his 50 from 55 balls and shared a second wicket partnership of 104 with Robbie White before he was bowled by George Thomas four runs short of his century. Robson’s departure brought about the lunch interval with Middlesex on 154 for two.
After the break, Ogborne had Nathan Fernandes caught behind for five, but White went to his half century from 84 balls before being run out by Ogborne for 55 at 206 for four.
By tea the hosts had reached 274 without further loss.
After the interval Daniel O’Driscoll and Aaryan Sarwant took the fifth wicket partnership to 133 before the former fell for 84 at 339 for five.
With the score on 350 for five, Somerset took the new ball and the change worked in the visitors favour as Ned Leonard claimed three wickets as the hosts were dismissed for 448. Ogborne was the pick of the Somerset attack with four for 120.
Somerset have named the following squad for this match: Andy Umeed*, Archie Vaughan, Lewis Goldsworthy, George Bartlett, George Thomas, Josh Thomas, Fin Hill, Thomas Rew†, Kian Roberts, Ned Leonard, Alfie Ogborne and Will Sheffield.