Match Zone: Durham (A) in Specsavers CC (10-13 April)

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Somerset travelled to the North East to start their 2016 campaign without either Overton, as Jamie was injured in pre-season with Craig serving the second of a two-match ban, so included Josh Davey and Ben Green in the 12-man squad with either player making their first class debut for Somerset if selected alongside new skipper Chris Rogers, keeper Ryan Davies and Roleof van der Merwe, who has previously played T20 for Somerset.

Somerset squad: C Rogers (c), M Trescothick, T Abell, J Hildreth, J Allenby, R van der Merwe, P Trego, R Davies (w), T Groenewald, L Gregory, J Davey, B Green.

Matt Maynard said: “Durham on their own ground is always going to be a tough start for us. They know their own conditions and they know how the wicket plays and their batsmen and bowlers will adapt accordingly.  I think that is a mental switch rather than a physical one so will discuss that with the lads.

“I have been pretty pleased with the way that we have gone during the pre-season matches that we have played and Durham will be a good measure for us.”

The game’s scorecard on ESPN Cricinfo here

Day 1

As expected there was no toss and Somerset captain Chris Rogers opted to bowl first on a bright morning at Chester-le-Street.

Josh Davey got the nod to play ahead of youngster Ben Green so the Somerset team is: Rogers (c), Trescothick, Abell, Hildreth, Allenby, van der Merwe, Trego, Davies (w), Groenewald, Gregory, Davey

Durham: Stoneman, Jennings, Borthwick, Burnham, Richardson (w), Collingwood (c), Pringle, Arshad, Carse, Rushworth, Onions

Umpires – RJ Bailey & NGC Cowley

Morning: Durham started the contest well scoring at about 5 per over at one stage but Somerset took 2 key wickets to keep the morning session well balanced

  • Stoneman fell to Groeners caught by Tabes at point for 14 with the score on 30 and Gregs took the second wicket with Durham on 55 when he trapped Borthwick lbw with a ball that kept low
  • Good line and length bowling from Tregs and Davo kept the scoring down
  • Keaton Jennings held Durham together and he was unbeaten at lunch on 39 with Durham 98-2

Afternoon: Definitely Somerset’s session with 95 runs scored and 4 wickets falling

  • A stand of 79 was ended by Davo when he bowled Burnham for 33 with Durham 134-3
  • The game turned when Gregs grabbed 2 wickets in 2 balls with Richardson lbw for 9 and skipper Collingwood bowled first ball and 159-3 became 159-5
  • Groeners got Pringle for 10 caught by Davo with the home team now 172 for 6. At tea Durham had progressed to 193-6 with Jennings 92

Evening: Jennings moved to his 6th first class ton soon after tea scoring 12 fours along the way

  • He and Arshan added 72 taking Durham to 244 before he fell to a skier caught by Tres bowled Davo for a brilliant 116 including 15 fours
  • No more runs were added when Brydon Carse went lbw Roly and only 8 more added when Arshad was also lbw this time to Groeners for 32 and Somerset had maximum bowling points with Durham 252-9
  • Gregs wrapped things up when he got Rushworth caught by Jim Allenby for 4. Durham 256 all out
  • With 12 overs left to bowl in the day the Somerset innings needed a solid start but the visitors lost key wickets  finishing 30-3
  • Tabes looked good but was lbw Rushworth 10 and nightwatchman Davo fell same fashion and score while the score was 21. Tres scraped around or 3 but was bowled by Onions leaving Buck (3) and Hildy (4) at the crease at stumps

Close of play: Durham 256 all out (Jennings 116, Gregory 4-58, Groenewald 3-53), Somerset 30-3 (Rushworth (2-20)

Day 2

Morning: A 50 partnership between Hildy and Buck restored some order to the Somerset innings but Onions struck twice in two balls after 45 minutes play to have Hildy caught by Pringle at slip for 27 and nabbed Allenby lbw without scoring. Somerset were now 73-5

  • Four overs later there was another 2-in-2 balls to leave Somerset floundering at 85 for 7. First Roly flashed at an in-swinger and was caught behind for 3 and next ball Tregs tried a quick single but succeeded only in running out his new skipper Rogers for 23 who did not look best pleased having battled hard, particularly against some testing bowling from Onions
  • Tregs atoned for this scoring 29 before lunch alongside Gregs (12*) to leave Somerset 143-8

Afternoon: Trego and Gregory had a good stand of 66 before Gregs was another victim to the LBW rule this time to the bowling of Rushworth for 27. Somerset 168-9 at this stage

  • The innings came to an end when Tregs holed out for a gallant 45 and Somerset were 179 all out trailing the home side by 77
  • Onions the pick of Durham’s bowlers with 4-62 backed by Rushworth’s 3-70
  • Somerset’s early bowling was poor – the first 3 overs going for 32, 24 off Gregs
  • By tea Durham had progressed to 109-1 and a lead of 186. Stoneman the man out for 41

Evening: Keaton Jennings continued to dominate the Somerset bowling moving to a second century in this game, only the 3rd Durham players to achieve this feat

  • Wickets fell sporadically – the second when Durham were 135 with further success at 149 and 151 with 2 for Gregory and 1 for Groenewald
  • Skipper Collingwood made up for his 1st innings golden duck sharing an unbroken stand of 82 to finish on 39 and Jennings 105

Close of play: Durham 223-4 (Jennings 105*, Collingwood 39*), lead by 300 runs with 6 wickets in hand

Maynard day 2 tweet

Day 3

No play possible – rain.

Day 4

No play possible – rain.


Match abandoned at 11am.

Match drawn: Somerset 8 points, Durham 10 points