Somerset through to final of ECB Under 18 competition

Somerset beat Essex by 195 runs at Billericay CC to reach the final of the ECB Under 18s County Cup competition, thanks to a century from Thomas Rew and a six wicket haul by James Theedom.

After choosing to bat first on Sunday morning, the Somerset innings was given a great start by Rew and Seb Linnitt. The openers added 170 for the first wicket before Linnitt was out for 83 from 74 balls.

Rew then shared a partnership of 66 with Kian Roberts before he departed for 117 from 107 deliveries in an innings that contained 13 fours and a six.

Roberts took his score to 42 off 50 balls before he was out, and two runs later Archie Vaughan followed which made the score 266 for four. Lower in the order Ollie Heard made 16 before Somerset were all out for 315 in 49.3 overs.

The Essex reply started well and the first wicket partnership was worth 44 but two wickets from Ollie Heard and a run out from Kian Roberts saw Essex slip to 59 for three.

Theedom then entered the attack and proceeded to claim six of the remaining wickets, three of them caught by ‘keeper Rew as Essex were bowled out fr 120 in 20.5 overs.

Theedom ended with the impressive figures of six for 13 from his 5.5 overs, one of which was a maiden. Heard ended with two for 31 from five while Oscar Coleman had one for 15 from two overs.

Somerset will now face Warwickshire in the final of the ECB Under 18 competition at Kibworth on September 3rd.