Rain disrupts day two


Only 29 overs were possible on the second day of this Vitality County Championship Division One match between Worcestershire and Somerset at Kidderminster.

Play eventually got underway at 2:50pm with the hosts reaching the close on 107 for one.

Bad light and morning rain led to an early lunch at 12.30 before play could finally get underway with a possible 54 overs remaining in the day.

Worcestershire resumed on 14 without loss with Adam Finch and Jake Libby having survived five overs yesterday evening.

Finch provided resistance for 35 balls before he was lbw to Jake Ball for 17.

It took him 44 balls to register his first boundary as he and Gareth Roderick tackled some probing bowling with a still newish ball. However, the second wicket pair started to accelerate and the 50 partnership was completed in 88 balls.

Ball asked plenty of questions, barely conceding more than a run an over, but Libby cover drove a rare loose ball for his ninth four to complete an 88 ball half century.

The 100 came up in the 31st over and Roderick showed his aggressive intentions in slashing Migael Pretorious to third man.

Worcestershire reached 107 for one by tea, with Libby unbeaten on 56 and Roderick 28 not out, but under increasingly leaden skies the players did not return.

At the close of play, Somerset Bowling & Assistant Coach, Steve Kirby said: “I thought we bowled really well in different areas and on a different day we would have been walking away with them four or five down.

“We were a bit unlucky. There were a couple of chances we didn’t take, and you can’t let a player like Jake Libby off the hook like that. He has played nicely, so all credit to him.”