Match Zone: Warwickshire (A) in Specsavers CC (8-12 May)

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Somerset have added Jim Allenby and Johan Myburgh to the squad that travels to Edgbaston to play Warwickshire in both sides 4th County Championship game of the season. Both players scored runs for the 2nd XI earlier in the week and one will almost certainly bat at number 5 replacing Roleof van der Merwe who has struggled with the bat so far this season scoring just 9 runs in his 4 innings’.

Allenby had been dropped for the Lancashire game last weekend following a duck in his first outing up at Durham but a century has persuaded Maynard to give him a place in the 13-man squad. Also likely to return is Lewis Gregory who was rested in the same game as Matt Maynard looks to rotate his pace bowlers to keep them match fit.

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

Maynard will make his final decision when he has assessed the conditions on the morning of the game.

Somerset go into the game in 7th place with 29 points after three tough draws to date. Director of Cricket Maynard said: “There have only been two wins in Division One so far and there is not going to be so many this year.

“Yorkshire aren’t going to win 11 to lift the Championship because the wickets are better, so it’s going to be a lot more attritional. When you do get ahead in games you have got to capitalize.”

Somerset are 8 points behind leaders Nottinghamshire and 7 points behind their hosts who are 2nd at this early stage.

Table 7th May

The game’s scorecard on ESPN Cricinfo here

Live coverage from BBC Radio here

Umpires: IJ Gould and NA Mallender

Day 1

Somerset opted to rest Groeners and omit Mybs for the game handing a return to the side for Jim Allenby. The team: M Trescothick, T Abell, C Rogers*, J Hildreth, J Allenby, P Trego, L Gregory, R Davies†, C Overton, J Overton, M Leach.

Captain Rogers opted not to bowl first and requested the toss be made which he won and decided to bat on a beautiful morning.

Morning: The session started steadily enough with Somerset clocking up 28 runs in 10 overs.

  • Then 28-0 became 28-2 in five balls as first Tres was b Barker 12 and four balls later the captain Rogers edged one to Ambrose off the same bowler without scoring.
  • Hildy joined Tabes and looked comfortable as the two put on a fifty partnership. With the total on 84 Hildy fell to a stunning catch by the highly rated Hain off Rankin having scored 38.
  • The returning Allenby came to the crease under a fair amount of pressure to perform with the bat and faced 20 balls before lunch to reach 5 n.o.
  • At lunch Somerset are under a bit of pressure with three huge wickets down so definitely Warwickshire’s morning. But Tabes is looking comfortable on 45 n.o. with the total 101-3 off 31 overs.

Afternoon: Somerset really needed a solid start to the second session but instead lost Allenby after he had only added a further 2 runs thereby becoming Barker’s 3rd victim of the day. The away team were languishing at 117-4.

  • Tregs joined Tabes and the two saw out the rest of the session to tea adding 109 runs in the process. A single from Trego brought up the Somerset 200 and a first batting point.
  • Tabes was batting very well and managed to get to a second career ton in the penultimate over of the session when he struck Jeehan Patel for 4. This was his 12th four and he hit 1 six too in the 176 balls faced.
  • Tregs played a decent support in a stand of 93 in the session and was 48 n.o. at the break hitting 4x4s in the 91 balls faced.
  • At tea and the end of a very good session Somerset were 201-4 after 64 overs and the team grateful to young Abell for his very mature knock.

Evening: Peter Trego managed to pass 50 himself with the second ball of the evening session when he pushed Trott for 2 runs. This had taken 92 balls. It was Trego who brought up the 100 partnership between the two when he smacked England bowler Chris Woakes for six.

  • Unfortunately Tom only managed 4 runs after tea and was snared lbw Trott for a magnificent 104 with Somerset 227.
  • Lewis Gregory was pushed up to number 7 but he failed to take his chance and was bowled Woakes for just 1. 227-4 had suddenly become 228-6 and the away team were back under pressure.
  • Ryan Davies was another who came and went in a blink when he became Boyd Rankin’s second victim scoring just 4 and Somerset now 238-7. The visitors needed someone to stay with Tregs who was 63 not out at this stage.
  • Craig Overton looked to be that man. A second batting point was negotiated with a leg bye and these two took the score to 265 when Cove became the 8th man to fall and Trott’s 2nd when he was caught by Chopra.
  • Brother Jamie came to the crease and sent his 4th ball faced off Patel into the stands. He played very cautiously after the early boundary as Tregs closed in one a century and Somerset a 3rd batting point.
  • Unfortunately neither happened. On 295 fell lbw to Woakes for 94 and one ball later is was all over when Leach went for a golden duck to the same bowler caught by Chopra. Somerset had slumped from 227-4 to 295 all out.
  • Early wickets were needed and 2 fell before close. First Gregs snared Westwood lbw for 3 with the score on 6 then Cove had nightwatchman Rankin ct Hildreth for 1 and the score was 15-2.
  • Chopra (11*) and Trot (12*) saw the home side through to the close on 27-2, 268 runs behind Somerset. A big session tomorrow morning for both sides with Somerset needing to make major inroads early on.

Day 2

Morning: Somerset’s young bowling attack needed to hit the ground running and certainly applied a lot of pressure on the Warwickshire batsmen from the word go. There was early success for Gregs who got one of the danger men when he claimed the wicket of Trott for just 14 (30-3) and it wasn’t long before Hain (14) was joining the former England man in the stands when Lewis struck again snaring him leg before wicket. The home team were now 60-4

  • There was barely any time to catch your breath and Ambrose (3) was next to go on 75 when Allenby got him to nick one behind and the captain Bell was gone soon after for just 7 ct Allenby b Trego. 88-6 and the momentum was Somerset’s.
  • Chopra 54* & Woakes 7* managed to get to lunch without further drama but it had been Somerset’s morning as the game swung in their favour. Lunch 107-6.

Afternoon: Just 14 runs had been added in the second session when the big wicket fell as Jove got into the action by firstly removing Chopra lbw for a well crafted 56. The Bears were now 121-7. The big man struck again soon after with 2 wickets in 3 balls while the score was on 135. First veteran Clarke was lbw 12 and two balls later Barker was caught behind for a duck. 135-5 became 135-7.

  • Just 17 more runs folowed before the final wicket fell when England man Woakes became Cove’s second victim and Warwickshire were all out for 152, just 4 runs avoiding the follow on. Somerset’s lead was 143 runs and it was a herculean effort from the boys.
  • Lewis 3-50 and Jove 3-24 led the charge and it was definitely advantage Somerset at this stage.
  • But Somerset’s response was barely an impressive one and the cider men would have 4 wickets down before tea. Tabes was first to go caught by Ambrose off the bowling of Barker for 2 (17-1) and 2 wickets fell in 2 balls with the score on 23: Tres (14) c Barker b Woakes and Hildy was bowled for a golden duck.
  • Allenby needs a big score but his wait continues as he was caught by Clarke off the bowling of Rankin for 17. At this stage Somerset are 53 for 4 leading by 196 runs.
  • At tea Somerset 69-4 leading by 212 runs. Rogers 12* and Trego 15*.

Evening: Wickets again fell regularly with Buck adding just 4 more before he was caught by Hain off Rankin for 16 (88-5), Gregory lbw to the same bowler for 9 (104-6), and when Davies was c Rankin b Barker for 12, Somerset were 125-7.

  • Again the away team were grateful to Peter Trego. He managed another enjoyable knock but as soon as his half-century was secured he became victim number c Hain b Patel 51.
  • The two Overton’s offered some hope and took the lead above 300 but Craig would perish  b Woakes 19 when the score was 164-9 and only 14 more runs were added when Leach was last man out for 5 (c Ambrose b Clarke) and the innings ended on 178, leaving Warwickshire needing 322 runs to win. For the second time in the game Jove was stranded at the other end this time undefeated on 18.
  • It had been an extraordinary day yet Warwickshire still had to face 2 overs before close and finished 4-0 needing a further 318 runs to win the game. Well played Somerset.

Day 3

No play possible due to rain.

Day 4

No play possible due to rain.

Result

Match abandoned as a draw.

Somerset 10 points drew with Warwickshire 8 points.