15:55 – With Somerset on 63/1 the players are walking off the field and play is completed.
14:38 – Glamorgan declare on 149/7 which is a lead of 201.
14:36 – WICKET! Glamorgan 149/7. BOWLED HIM! Sonny Baker is into the attack and skittles Sam Northeast (56).
14:28 – WICKET! Glamorgan 148/6. Harris caught behind by James Rew off the bowling of Josh Davey for 0.
14:00 – The players are back out on the field. Kasey Aldridge will bowl the opening over of the session from the River End. Glamorgan are 126/5.
12:52 – NOOO!!!! the players are coming off and the covers are going on. The wet stuff is falling from the sky again!
12:50 – WICKET! Glamorgan 126/5. Josh Davey gets one to nip back to Dan Douthwaite, there is the faintest of inside edges and the bobblehatted James Rew takes the catch. The Glamorgan batter isn’t convinced, but the umpires finger is raised.
12:27 – Glamorgan 102/4. That three figures on the board for the visitors.
12:21 – Bobble hat watch: The dream has become a reality! All four slips and wicketkeeper, James Rew are in bobble hats. We have a slip cordon bobble hat full house!!! Meanwhile, in the cricket, Glamorgan are 95/4 and Craig Overton is about to bowl from the River End.
12:18 – WICKET! Glamorgan 94/4. Brooks strikes again! This time he finds the edge of Salter’s bat and Kasey Aldridge (and his bobble hat) takes the catch low down at second slip.
12:15 – Bobble hat watch: Currently, six of the Somerset squad are fielding in the new Club bobble hats. Sonny Baker is the only member of the slip cordon not to be sporting the knitted headwear. Glamorgan 90/3.
12:07 – WICKET! Glamorgan 78/3. Jack Brooks finds Carlson’s outside edge and a tumbling Ben Green takes the catch at third slip.
11:57 – The umpires and players are making their way to the middle. We are going to get some cricket today!
10:35 – UPDATE: I have some good news for you! The umpires have stated that if there is no further rain, we will be starting at 12pm!
10:15 – I don’t want to speak too soon, but the Ground Staff are starting to remove the covers.
09:30 – Welcome to the Cooper Associates County Ground for the third and final day of this pre-season match between Somerset and Glamorgan. The covers are on at the moment but as soon as we have an update regarding a possible start time we will let you know.
The English spring weather meant that only two and a half hours play was possible on day two of this pre-season match between Somerset and Glamorgan at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
At 3:30pm Somerset resumed on their overnight total of 132 for three.
The score had advanced to 149 when Lewis Goldsworthy fell one short of his half century when he edged Dan Douthwaite to Kiran Carlson at third slip. No further runs had been added when the finest of edges from Ben Green (16) found its way into the gloves of Chris Cooke.
A good partnership between Lewis Gregory and James Rew added 54 for the sixth wicket until the Somerset skipper, on22, edged Timm van der Gugten to Sam Northeast at second slip at 203 for six.
Rew made his way to 36, but when he fell, caught at first slip by David Lloyd off the bowling of James Harris, Somerset elected to declare on 231 for seven just after 5pm.
Somerset made an early breakthrough courtesy of some excellent fielding from Jack Brooks. David Lloyd pushed the second ball of the opening over from Lewis Gregory to Brooks who ran in, picked up and threw in one movement, sending the stumps tumbling, leaving the non-striker, Dan Douthwaite, short of the crease.
The score had advanced to 21 when Gregory struck to remove Lloyd. The Somerset Captain enticed the Glamorgan man into a shot, found the edge and the bobble hatted Craig Overton pouched the simple chance at second slip.
By the close of play, Glamorgan had reached 66 for two which is a lead of 118.
18:02 – Close. That all for today folks! Glamorgan finish the day on 66/2, a lead of 118. Thank you for your company. See you tomorrow!
17:40 – WICKET! Glamorgan 21/2. It’s one of the bobble hats who takes the catch! David Lloyd edges Lewis Gregory to Craig Overton at second slip. Sam Northeast is the new batter.
17:22 – Bobble hat watch. I can confirm that no fewer than six of the Somerset side are fielding in bobble hats. You’ve got to love the English springtime weather, haven’t you?
17:19 – WICKET! Glamorgan 0/1. Dan Douthwaite is run out off the second ball of the innings. Davd Lloyd prods it towards Jack Brooks and the Somerset man runs in, picks up and throws in one movement. It’s a direct hit and Somerset have an early breakthrough.
17:18 – Lewis Gregory will open the bowling from the Marcus Trescothick End. David Lloyd will face the first ball.
17:06 – I’m not saying that it’s cold, but the majority of the Somerset bowlers are warming up in bobble hats!
17:03 – Declaration. Somerset have declared on 231/7.
17:02 – Wicket. Somerset 231/7. James Rew is caught at first slip by Lloyd off the bowling of Harris and goes for 36.
16:42 – Wicket. Somerset 203/6. Van der Gugten finds Lewis Gregory’s edge and Sam Northeast takes the catch at second slip. The Somerset skipper goes for 22. Craig Overton is the new batter.
16:34 – 50 partnership! That’s 50 for the sixth wicket between James Rew and Lewis Gregory. Somerset 199/5.
15:45 – Wicket. Somerset 149/5. There is the finest of edges from Ben Green (16) and Cooke takes the catch. Harry Podmore now has three wickets. Lewis Gregory is the new batter.
15:42 – Wicket. Somerset 149/4. Lewis Goldsworthy edges Dan Douthwaite to Kiran Carlson at third slip and has to go. He falls just one run short of his 50.
15:30 – We are underway! We have cricket at the Cooper Associates County Ground!
10:55 – UPDATE: It’s still pretty wet. We have just heard that the players will be taking an early lunch at 12:30.
10:10 – UPDATE: There will be an inspection at 11am this morning. As soon as we have any further information, we will let you know.
Steve Davies was Somerset’s star performer with the bat yesterday. His 61 came from 63 balls and helped his side to reach 132/3 at the close of play. Whilst we await an update from the umpires regarding today, sit back and enjoy what Steve had to say after his eye-catching innings last night:
09:15 – It’s time to give you the answer to the question we set at 09:10. Unfortunately, the answer is A) It’s wet! Did you get it right?
09:10 – Welcome to the Cooper Associates County Ground for day two of this pre-season match between Somerset and Glamorgan.
One of the following statements is true and one of the following statements is false. All you have to do is guess which one is which:
A) It’s wet!
B) It’s gloriously sunny here in Taunton! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and there isn’t a cloud in the sky!
Which one is true and which one is false? We will give you the answer in 5 minutes!
After the rain ruined last week’s pre-season match against Cardiff UCCE, Somerset’s bowlers were finally able to get some overs under their belts as the poor weather finally relented and allowed the team to take to the field against Glamorgan on day one of this three-day fixture at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
Further wet weather over the weekend meant that play was not able to start at the scheduled time of 11am, but sterling work from the Somerset Ground Staff was rewarded when umpires Blackwell and Peverall announced that play would get underway at midday.
The toss was uncontested with Glamorgan being given the opportunity to bat first.
And so it was that on a bright day at Taunton, the hardy souls who had braved the brisk and chilly wind were treated to an entertaining day of cricket without the frustration of rain delays. The Somerset attack was limited to just five balls in last week’s game against Cardiff’s finest, but today was much more acceptable from the home side’s perspective.
Former Somerset batter, Eddie Byrom opened the batting with David Lloyd and the pair added 33 for the opening wicket. The Glamorgan skipper was the man to fall for 18, edging Craig Overton to Andy Umeed at third slip. Byrom was joined by another former Somerset batter in Colin Ingram and the pair brought up the Glamorgan 50 in the in the 10th over.
The two batters were looking quite at home on their former stomping ground and their partnership reached the half century mark from just 45 balls. Byrom then brought up his own 50 from 48 balls.
The partnership was eventually broken when Byrom, on 71, edged Lewis Gregory to Ben Green, but not before it had added 89 runs to the Glamorgan total.
Shoaib Bashir was brought into the attack shortly before lunch and his two overs were both maidens as Glamorgan reached the break on 122 for two.
After the interval, Somerset claimed three quick wickets as 122 for two became 164 for five. Sam Northeast was caught at gully by Ben Green off the bowling of Lewis Gregory for 12, and Colin Ingram was caught by the bobble hatted Gregory at first slip off the bowling of Craig Overton for 39. Kiran Carlson (12) then edged Josh Davey to Kasey Aldridge at third slip.
However, Billy Root (53*) and Chris Cooke (58*) shared a century partnership for the sixth wicket to take Glamorgan to tea with the scoreboard showing 238 for five. The partnership was worth 119, but the visitor’s declaration came during the break.
Somerset openers, Andy Umeed and Steve Davies had added 10 until the former looked to dispatch Harry Podmore but edged him to the diving Chris Cooke behind the stumps. George Thomas (12) then skied the same bowler to Eddie Byrom at square leg at 30 for two.
However, Davies and Lewis Goldsworthy formed an impressive partnership and demonstrated the full array of shots in the evening sunshine. Davies went to his 50 from 54 balls and the third wicket stand was worth 86 when he was caught at point by Byrom off the bowling of Timm van der Gugten for an eye catching 61.
By the close of play, Somerset had reached 132 for three with Lewis Goldsworthy unbeaten on 42 and Ben Green eight not out.
18:02 – Close – Somerset finish the day on 132/3. Lewis Goldsworthy is unbeaten on 42 with Ben Green not out 8. Thank you for your company. We will see you back here tomorrow!
17:58 – Somerset 124/3. That’s a decent start by Ben Green. He dispatches the first two balls he faces to the boundary.
17:56 – Wicket. Somerset 116/3. Steve Davies’ excellent knock comes to an end. He is caught at point by Bryrom off van der Gugten for 61. His partnership with Lewis Goldsworthy was worth 86. Ben Green is making his way to the middle.
17:45 – That’s 100 on the board for Somerset in the 21st over.
17:41 – 50 for Steve Davies from 54 balls! Somerset 96/2.
16:49 – Wicket – Somerset 30/2. George Thomas (12) skies Podmore to Eddie Byrom at square leg.
16:33 – Wicket – Somerset 10/1. Andy Umeed (5) looks to give Podmore the treatment but edges him to the diving Chris Cooke behind the stumps. George Thomas is the new batter.
16:21 – Evening session – Andy Umeed and Steve Davies are making their way to the middle. Andy Umeed will face the first ball which will be bowled by Harry Podmore from the River End.
16:20 – Declaration. The declaration has come during the tea interval.
16:00 – Tea – Glamorgan 283/5. The scoring rate has certainly increased in the last half hour. What does the evening session hold? We will find out in 20 minutes! See you then.
15:59 – 50 for Chris Cooke from 42 balls.
15:54 – 50 for Billy Root from 68 balls.
15:52 – That’s the 100 run partnership between Billy Root and Chris Cooke.
15:12 – 200-up. That’s 200 on the board for the visitors in the 39th over of the day.
14:47 – Craig Overton bowls Billy Root with an absolute beauty but it’s a no ball. Glamorgan 170/5.
14:42 – WICKET! Glamorgan 164/5. Kiran Carlson (12) edges Josh Davey to Kasey Aldridge at third slip.
14:35 – Glamorgan 163/4. The men to go since the interval were Sam Northeast, caught at gully by Ben Green off the bowling of Lewis Gregory for 12, and Colin Ingram, caught by Gregory at first slip off the bowling of Craig Overton for 39.
14:00 – Afternoon session. Glamorgan will resume on 122/2. Lewis Gregory has the ball in his hands at the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End.
13:00 – LUNCH. Glamorgan 122/2. Shoaib Bashir bowls his second maiden and takes us to the interval. See you back here at 14:00!
13:24 – WICKET! Glamorgan 122/2. Eddie Byrom edges Lewis Gregory to Ben Green and goes for 71. Sam Northeast is on his way to the middle.
13:20 – Glamorgan 118/1. Shoaib Bashir is in to the attack and starts with a maiden.
13:15 – Glamorgan 114/1. It’s been a good morning for the visitors so far. Eddie Byrom reached his 50 from 48 balls. Glamorgan reached 100 in the 16th over. The partnership for the second wicket is now worth 81.
12:48 – Glamorgan 62/1. Kasey Aldridge is in to the attack at the River End.
12:43 – Glamorgan 55/1. After 10 overs the visitors have passed the 50-mark with Eddie Byrom moving to 24*.
12:36 – Glamorgan 37/1. There’s a change of bowling as Jack Brooks takes over from Craig Overton at the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End.
12:30 – Glamorgan 37/1. It’s something of an old boys reunion at the moment, with former Somerset batters Eddie Byrom and Colin Ingram in the middle for the visitors.
12:27 – WICKET! Glamorgan 33/1. David Lloyd (18) edges Craig Overton to Andy Umeed at third slip and Somerset have the breakthrough! Colin Ingram is the new batter.
12:25 – Glamorgan 33/0 after six overs. We have quite an array of headwear out there today. Panamas, classic caps, helmets and even a bobble hat or two!
12:04 – Glamorgan 2/0. Josh Davey will bowl the second over of the morning.
12:00 – Morning session. Here we go! Craig Overton will open the bowling from the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End. Eddie Byrom has the strike.
11:55 – There will be a test stream available via our YouTube channel
10:50 – UPDATE: The news from the middle is that play will get underway at 12:00 with lunch being taken at 13:30. Somerset will bowl first following an uncontested toss. The afternoon session will run from 14:00 to 16:00. Tea will then be taken, with the evening session taking place between 16:20 and 18:00.
10:00 – Update: Welcome to the Cooper Associates County Ground for day one of this three-day pre-season fixture between Somerset and Glamorgan. We are hopeful of some play today. The ground staff are working hard, but no decision regarding a start time has been announced. I believe that the umpires will be inspecting the outfield at 10:30. As soon as we have any further information, we will let you know.
Somerset welcome Glamorgan to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Monday March 27th) for a three-day pre-season match.
HOURS OF PLAY
Session one: 11am to 1pm
Lunch: 1pm to 1:40pm
Session two: 1:40pm to 3:40pm
Tea: 3:40pm to 4pm
Session three: 4pm to 6pm
Entry to the Cooper Associates County Ground will be free of charge. Membership cards will not be required.
The pay and display car parks at the Cooper Associates County Ground will be in operation. Spectators will therefore need to pay for their parking on the day. Parking will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Seating will only be available in the following areas:
- The Ondaatje Family Stand
- The Ondaatje Non-Alcohol Stand
- Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Lower
- Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Upper
- Gimblett’s Hill (partial)
Refreshments will be available in the concession units in the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Upper and Lower.
The Long Room will not be available for this fixture, but Long Room Members may use the 1875 Club facility.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
The Somerset digital team have been working on improvements and updates to our live stream production.
A test stream of this fixture will be available on our YouTube channel.
A live blog will appear on this page during this fixture.
In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.
Somerset will be without Tom Abell (side) and Tom Banton (finger). Lewis Gregory will captain the side.
Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for this fixture: Lewis Gregory (c), Kasey Aldridge, Sonny Baker, George Bartlett, Shoaib Bashir, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Craig Overton, James Rew, George Thomas and Andy Umeed.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Looking ahead to the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It was frustrating to lose two and a half days against Cardiff, but I think the play that we did get in was pretty productive. You can’t control the weather but coming off the back of a brilliant pre-season in Abu Dhabi it was very frustrating. We were keen to continue that momentum, so we’ll try and do that again this week against Glamorgan.
“There’s a fine balance between keeping people fresh and creating enough opportunities. In a perfect world we would look to rest some of the seamers, but they haven’t been able to get a real workout yet. We will try and get as many overs into the guys as possible.
“We still need an element of time on the grass in the next two weeks. We can’t control the weather so we have to try and be flexible and innovative with what we can do. Everything is about building towards that first game and not peaking too soon.”
MEMBERS’ LUNCH: SEASON PREVIEW
During the lunch interval of day three (Wednesday March 29th) Head Coach, Jason Kerr and Club Captain, Tom Abell will be discussing their plans and hopes ahead of the 2023 season.
The event will take place in Stragglers Coffee House, which will be open from 12pm, with Tom and Jason taking to the floor from 1pm.
Members will be able to purchase lunch from the menu between 12pm and 1pm.
The March Members’ Lunch is open to 2023 Members.
To confirm your place at this event please complete the form below:
1875 CLUB TASTER DAY
Somerset County Cricket Club will be giving Members and supporters the chance to see what life is like on a matchday in the 1875 Club later this month.
On Wednesday March 29th, which is day three of our pre-season match against Glamorgan, the 1875 Club will be open to all Members and supporters who are interested in upgrading to the facility.
Between 12pm and 2pm on the day, SCCC staff will be on hand to talk you through what being an 1875 Club Member entails and to answer any questions that you might have regarding the facility.
We look forward to seeing you in the 1875 Club on the 29th!
Somerset’s next match is a three-day pre-season match against Gloucestershire at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol. The game will begin on Friday March 31st.