Second XI Championship: Somerset v Worcestershire


Worcestershire resumed on 363 for five on the third day of this Second XI Championship match at Taunton Vale Sports Club, a lead of 560.

The visitors eventually declared on 404 for seven, Rehaan Edavalath remaining unbeaten on 169.

Requiring 602 for victory, Somerset reached lunch on 44 for one.

By tea, the hosts had advanced the score to 195 for four courtesy of an 84-run partnership between Archie Vaughan and Kasey Aldridge for the third wicket.

Vaughan eventually fell for 55 before Ben Green and George Thomas (63) shared a 116-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Green remained unbeaten on 81, but wickets fell around him and Somerset were eventually all out for 338 as Worcestershire ran out winners by 263 runs.



Somerset take on Worcestershire in the Second XI Championship at Taunton Vale Sports Club this week.

Somerset resumed on 91 for eight on day two, trailing by 206. Unfortunately, the hosts were dismissed for just 100, shortly after the resumption of play.

Ben Green then claimed three wickets as Worcestershire slipped to 20 for three in the fifth over of their second innings, and by the time for lunch arrived, the visitors were 80 for three.

In the afternoon session, a 165-run between Rehaan Edavalath and Henry Cullen (80) helped to ensure that Worcestershire reached 203 for four at tea.

After the break, Josh Baker was caught by Green off the bowling of Archie Vaughan for 54, but Edavalath reached the close of play unbeaten on 156 as Worcestershire finished the day on 363 for five, a lead of 560.



Worcestershire won the toss and elected to bat.

The visitors had reached 27 after 10 overs when Blaise Baker bowled a double wicket maiden to put Somerset on top. Both Rehaan Edavalath and Kashif Ali were comprehensively bowled by the young Somerset seamer.

The score had moved to 86 when Taylor Cornall was caught by George Thomas off the bowling of Joe Heywood. 86 for three soon became 87 for six as Ed Pollock was bowled by Heywood, Henry Cullen was bowled by Archie Vaughan and Josh Baker was lbw to Vaughan all in the space of just 11 balls.

56 from Jack Haynes took the score to 133 before he edged Ned Leonard to wicketkeeper, Thomas Rew. The same combination then accounted for Ollie Sutton as Worcestershire reached the lunch interval on 133 for eight.

After the break, things improved for the visitors, with Olly Cox and Ben Gibbon sharing a stand of 112 for the ninth wicket. Gibbon and Matt Burton then but on 52 for the final wicket as Worcestershire were eventually dismissed for 297.

The Somerset batters also struggled, with the top five failing to reach double figures and by the close of play the hosts had reached 91 for eight, trailing by 206.

Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis has named the following squad: Archie Vaughan, Tom Banton, Lewis Goldsworthy, George Thomas, Josh Davey, Josh Thomas, Thomas Rew, Ben Green, Kasey Aldridge, Blaise Baker, Ned Leonard and Joe Heywood.

Entry to Taunton Vale Sports Club is free but there is now a charge for car parking.