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Match Zone: Lancashire (H) in Specsavers CC (1-4 May)

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Jim Allenby drops out of the squad for the first home Specsavers County Championship game of the season against Lancashire having had a cortisone injection before the Cardiff MCCU match, with Jack Leach being confirmed in the squad for the game instead.

With Matt Maynard having used a rotation policy last season to keep his fast bowlers fresh, it will be interesting to see whether Jamie Overton being fit for selection leads to one dropping out, yet it is more likely that Leach drops out with van der Merwe providing the spin option. Chris Rogers is set to play his 300th First Class match.

Somerset squad: C Rogers (c), M Trescothick, T Abell, J Hildreth, R van der Merwe, P Trego, R Davies (w), T Groenewald, L Gregory, J Overton, C Overton, Jack Leach.

Matt Maynard said to the club’s official site: “We had a work out on the ground on Friday which gave us an idea of how things have settled in, and it will be nice to be back at home because it seems like a long time since we were last here.”

Lancashire have had a perfect start to the season by winning their only 4-day match so far, having beat likely title contenders Nottinghamshire by 8 wickets, giving them 22 points to put them fourth in the table. Lancashire’s squad contains former Somerset player Alviro Petersen, but the most notable players from their Nottinghamshire game are in their bowling department – Neil Wagner took a match haul of 11-111, and England’s leading test wicket taker Jimmy Anderson also played. Both are in the Lancashire squad to face Somerset.

The game’s scorecard on ESPN Cricinfo here

Live coverage from BBC Radio Bristol here

Umpires: Jeff Evans & Alex Wharf

Day 1

A beautiful morning greeted the players at the County Ground. Lancashire Captain Steven Croft opted for a toss which was he won and he decided to bat first.

There was one change to the starting XI who played Surrey, with Jamie Overton replacing Lewis Gregory. Somerset team: C Rogers (c), M Trescothick, T Abell, J Hildreth, R van der Merwe, P Trego, R Davies (w), T Groenewald, J Overton, J Leach, C Overton.

Morning: The session was undeniably Lancashire’s as a slow pitch saw them build to 77-1, with Karl Brown unbeaten on 43*.

  • The most notable moment that happened before Lancashire reached 50 without the loss of any wicket was when Craig Overton had an appeal for caught behind turned down by the umpire.
  • Lancashire only added 6 runs to their half century before Jack Leach had Hameed caught by Abell at short extra cover.
  • At lunch Lancashire are looking comfortable and are building towards a large score, with them currently on 77-1 off 34 overs.

Afternoon: Another session that was pretty even, with Leach and Groenewald taking Somerset’s 2 wickets whilst Lancashire added 94 runs.

  • In the fourth over of the afternoon session, spinner Jack Leach got his second wicket when he trapped Karl Brown LBW for 47.
  • Alviro Petersen and Luke Proctor were looking to build a partnership when Proctor was given out LBW off Tim Groenewald’s bowling to leave Lancashire on 125-3.
  • Petersen (46*) and Croft (17*) are approaching a 50 partnership, with Lancashire on 171-3 off 66 overs.

Evening: Only one wicket fell as Alviro Petersen and Steven Croft looked to give Lancashire a significant score to bowl at on a slow and flat pitch.

  • Petersen and Croft’s partnership reached 125 before Petersen was dismissed for 83, being the third LBW victim of the day, with Craig Overton being the wicket taker this time.
  • Steven Croft reached and passed his half century, and ended the day 71*, with Alex Davies accompanying him on 32*. Lancashire end the day on 295-4 off 97 overs.

Close of Play: Lancashire 295-4 (Petersen 83, Croft 71*, Leach 2-67).

Day 2

Morning: Another relatively comfortable session for Lancashire ended with only two wickets being lost for 77 runs.

  • Somerset got a wicket in the first over of the day when Tim Groenewald got Alex Davies caught behind by namesake Ryan for 32.
  • 59 runs were added between Liam Livingstone and Captain Croft – including 17 runs off one Jack Leach over – before Croft was dismissed for 94, six runs short of his century. Roelof van der Merwe took the wicket, with Croft being caught by Davies.
  • The session ended with Lancashire looking comfortable on 372-6 off 120.2 overs, with Livingstone on 43* and Wagner on 11*.

Afternoon: No Play took place in the afternoon session due to rain.

Evening: Lancashire added over 100 runs in the session before declaring with 6 overs of the day left for Somerset to negotiate.

  • The first notable thing to happen in the session was Liam Livingstone reaching his half century off 79 balls, containing five 4’s and one 6.
  • Neil Wagner was the first wicket of the session to fall when he came down the track, missed the ball, and was stumped by Davies to give van der Merwe his second wicket of the innings.
  • England bowler Jimmy Anderson was the next wicket to fall when he edged a Craig Overton delivery to Marcus Trescothick at second slip, leaving Lancashire on 399-8.
  • Liam Livingstone reached his maiden First Class century off 139 balls, with his innings containing nine 4’s and two 6’s.
  • Kyle Jarvis became van der Merwe’s third victim of the game when he was caught by Chris Rogers for 34.
  • Lancashire declared on 493-9, with Livingstone 108* and Kerrigan 11*.
  • Somerset’s openers dealt with the last 6 overs of the day, ending on 14-0, with Trescothick on 4* and Abell 9*.

Close of Play: Somerset 14-0 (Abell 9*, Trescothick 4*), Lancashire 493-9 (Livingstone 108*, Croft 94, Petersen 83, van der Merwe 3-87).

Day 3

Morning: The first session of Day three saw Somerset lost both openers whilst adding nearly 90 runs to their score.

  • Somerset lost their first wicket to the seventh ball of the day, when Marcus Trescothick was caught and bowled by Kyle Jarvis for 5.
  • The arrival of captain Chris Rogers to the crease saw Somerset begin to look comfortable, with him adding 61 runs in a partnership with Tom Abell before the youngster was trapped LBW by Simon Kerrigan for 29, his highest first class score of the season so far.
  • Rogers reached his 50 off 80 balls in an innings that contained four 4’s.
  • Somerset reached lunch having reached 101-2, with Rogers on 54* and Hildreth 9*.

Afternoon: 3 wickets in 5 balls for Jimmy Anderson meant that the session was undoubtedly Lancashire’s, who had Somerset on 206/7 at tea.

  • The second over after lunch was when Anderson wreaked havoc to the Somerset batting line up. With his first delivery, he got Rogers out, with him being caught by Brown for 59. The following ball, he trapped van der Merwe LBW for a golden duck, and with the fifth ball of the over had Pete Trego out for a duck, also by LBW. This over had seen Somerset go from 102/2 to a far worse score of 102/5.
  • James Hildreth and wicket-keeper Ryan Davies looked to stable the ship by adding 41 runs together, but Davies was dismissed for 22 having gone down the track and failing to hit a Kerrigan delivery that led to his stumping by namesake Alex.
  • Three overs later and new batsman Craig Overton was also back in the pavillion due to being bowled by Kyle Jarvis for 4, leaving Somerset on 150-7.
  • Somerset managed to not lose another wicket until tea, with James Hildreth unbeaten on 66* and Jamie Overton on 15*.

Evening: Lancashire eventually broke the Overton/Hildreth partnership, and bowled Somerset out 30 runs short of the follow on, which they enforced.

  • Someret’s Mr. Consistent James Hildreth reached his century with a four off James Anderson. His century came off 169, containing 12 four’s.
  • 83 runs were added in the 139 run partnership between Jamie Overton and James Hildreth before the former was dismissed, the ball after reaching his 50. He edged behind a Wagner delivery to be dismissed for 51, with his half century containing six 4’s and one 6.
  • Spinner Jack Leach could only add 7 runs to the score before he was caught at short leg off Simon Kerrigan’s bowling for 7.
  • Hildreth’s fantastic knock finally came to an end on 130 when he was caught on the boundary for 130 off Wagner’s bowling. Somerset finished on 313ao, 30 runs short of the follow-on target.
  • The Follow on was enforced by Lancashire, and Tim Groenewald, back out as a nightwatchman with Marcus Trescothick, saw out the solitary over faced.

Close of Play: Somerset 0-0 (1 over) and 313 (Hildreth 130, Rogers 55, J Overton 51, Kerrigan 3-63, Anderson 3-72), Lancashire 493-9d (Livingstone 108*, Croft 94, Petersen 83, van der Merwe 3-87).

Day 4

Morning: Somerset lost two batsman in the morning session as they looked to hold out for a draw against Lancashire.

  • In the seventh over of the day Somerset lost their first wicket – nightwatchman Tim Groenewald had his off stump cleaned out by Jarvis for 5.
  • Tom Abell and Marcus Trescothick added 48 together before Abell got a leading edge and was caught and bowled by Simon Kerrigan for 10, leaving Somerset on 61-2.
  • Marcus Trescothick reached his 119th First Class fifty off 83 balls.
  • Somerset reached lunch at 97/2 with Trescothick (63*) and Rogers (14*) at the crease.

Afternoon: Lancashire failed to take a wicket in the afternoon session as the Trescothick and Rogers partnership looked to take the game away from them, with both batsman achieving individual honours.

  • Somerset reached 150 at the end of the 63rd over.
  • Trescothick and Rogers reached their century partnership with the score on 162/2.
  • Chris Rogers reached his 50 off 147 balls.
  • Marcus Trescothick reached his 60th First Class century off 197 balls in an innings that contained 12 four’s.
  • Somerset ended the session on 178/2, with Trescothick 100* and Rogers 54*.

Evening: Somerset’s most experienced batting pair saw out the game, with the partnership reaching 168* before the two captains agreed to call the close of the match.

Close of Play: Somerset 229/2d (Trescothick 129*, Rogers 75*, Jarvis 1-26) and 313 (Hildreth 130, Rogers 55, J Overton 51, Kerrigan 3-63, Anderson 3-72), Lancashire 493-9d (Livingstone 108*, Croft 94, Petersen 83, van der Merwe 3-87).

Result

Match Drawn: Somerset 9 points, Lancashire 11 points