Somerset travel to Chelmsford for the first of two Royal London One Day Cup games in three days, firstly Essex before a game away at Kent on Tuesday.
Somerset are on a run of five wins in 6 games across all formats, and are so far unbeaten in the Royal London Cup, having won a thriller against Gloucestershire which was followed by a win against Surrey in a rain-affected game. They announced a 13-man squad for the game in Chelmsford:
SQUAD: Jim Allenby(c), Johann Myburgh, Peter Trego, Tom Abell, James Hildreth, Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Alex Barrow (wk), Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Tim Groenewald, Max Waller and Jack Leach.
Umpires – PK Baldwin and JH Evans
Match scorecard on ESPN Cricinfo here
A delayed toss (10.45 rather than 10.30) saw Essex win it and put Somerset ,unsurprisingly, in to bat.
SOMERSET XI: Myburgh, Hose, Trego, Allenby (c), Hildreth, Gregory, van der Merwe, Barrow (wk), C Overton, J Overton, Groenewald.
The inclusion of Hose is a surprise as he was not named in the original 13-man squad. The XI overall contains 4 changes to the side who beat Surrey in the Natwest t20 Blast at the Cooper Associates County Ground, with Gayle, Ryan Davies, Yasir Arafat and Max Waller being replaced by Adam Hose, James Hildreth, Alex Barrow and Tim Groenewald.
Essex made two changes to their side who lost against Middlesex – Nick Browne and David Masters came in to replace Callum Taylor and Wahab Riaz.
- Start Delayed due to Rain.
- Play began at 11.45, with the game being reduced to 47 overs a side.
- In-form batsman Johann Myburgh was dismissed with the last ball of the third over, being caught by Ravi Bopara off Masters’ bowling for 7. Following this dismissal the game was delayed by rain, with Somerset 12/1.
- Play restarted at 14.45, with the game being reduced even further to 29 overs a side.
- With the ninth ball from the restart, another wicket fell as Peter Trego was caught by Napier off Masters’ bowling once for 2.
- Somerset were 40-2 after 10 overs, with Hose 19* and Allenby 8*.
- The 50 run partnership between Hose and Allenby was brought up in the 16th over when Hose struck Bopara for 4.
- Adam Hose surpassed his highest score for Somerset and went past 50 for the first time in the 20th over. His 50 included seven sixes.
- The following over Jim Allenby reached his second 50 of the tournament, with it containing 5 fours and a six.
- By the end of the 21st over, the partnership between the two was 109*.
- With 5 overs left, Somerset had reached 154/2, with Hose 73* and Allenby 66* – their partnership had reached 138*.
- Jim Allenby was dismissed for 68 when he was caught by Bopara off Ten Doeschate’s bowling. His runs came from 52 balls, including 5 fours and 2 sixes.
- Adam Hose was caught on the boundary not long after for 77, his highest Somerset score. His runs came off 83 balls, containing 10 fours.
- Two balls later and James Hildreth was out for just 2 off 4 balls, having been bowled by Napier.
- In the 27th over, Gregory was out for 3 off 3 having been caught behind off Bopara’s bowling, meaning Somerset had lost 4-9.
- Jamie Overton was the next wicket to fall for 7, with the first ball of the last over seeing him caught at deep square leg by Jesse Ryder off Bopara’s bowling.
- Craig Overton was caught off the last ball of the innings for 2 to see Somerset end with a total of 179/8. van der Merwe was unbeaten on 5*.
- Essex’s target was reduced by Duckworth-Lewis by 2 runs, meaning they are chasing 177 off 29 overs.
- Tim Groenewald took a wicket with the last ball off his first over, with him catching Nick Browne off his own bowling for 7.
- Tim Groenewald struck again in the fifth over, removing Jesse Ryder for 12 when he was caught by Allenby.
- Another for Gronewald! This time Tom Westley for 14 – caught by Jamie Overton. Essex 36/3 at the end of the 7th over.
- TWO IN TWO FOR GREGORY!! Replacing Craig Overton, he removed Dan Lawrence for 1 by trapping him LBW, and then did the same for Ashar Zaidi the next ball.
- A 38 run partnership between Ravi Bopara and Ashar Zaidi was ended when Jamie Overton got the latter caught behind for 21 to leave Essex 74/6.
- Dangerman Bopara was dismissed for 19 when he struck a Jamie Overton slower ball to Lewis Gregory.
- A quick 48 run partnership between James Foster and Graham Napier brought Essex back into the game, yet when Napier was caught by J Overton off Gregory’s bowling for 11, the game looked to be Somerset’s.
- This was enhanced when David Masters was caught off Gregory’s bowling for 1, leaving Essex 139-9 needing 177.
- A fantastic knock though from James Foster brought Essex right back into the game – with 16 needed off the last over, he struck a four and a six, and with the addition of 4 byes, Essex needed just 2 to win the game from the final ball (chasing the D/L target, not Somerset’s score) – only a single could be managed, meaning the game was tied with Foster 75*.
Somerset 179-8 (Hose 77, Allenby 68, Bopara 3-49) tied with Essex 176-9 (Foster 75*, Gregory 4-23, Groenewald 3-30).
Essex were chasing a Duckworth-Lewis revised score of 177.