No fairytale finish for Unicorns as Somerset Second XI prove too strong

AbellSecond XI 50-over Trophy: Unicorns A v Somerset Second XI – Sidmouth, July 24, 2014

Somerset Second XI 289 all out off 50 overs (Abell 94, Jones 66, J Overton 50*, Davey 21, Reynoldson 6-53, Stephens 2-60) beat Unicorns 247 all out off 45.2 overs (Mellor 98, Reynoldson 35, Bulcock 27*, Bess 27, Leach 3-28, J Overton 3-33, Davey 2-64).

An opening stand of 99 from Tom Abell and Chris Jones and a half-century off just 18 balls from Jamie Overton helped set up a one-day win against the Unicorns for Somerset Seconds on Thursday.

With Overton and Jack Leach then taking three wickets a piece, Somerset ultimately proved too strong for the part-timers, who were dismissed 42 runs short in the match at the Fortfield in Sidmouth.

Abell and Jones’ opening partnership in 16 overs came at a decent rate of six runs an over before Jones was caught for 66. He had faced 57 balls and struck nine fours and a six.

Abell shared another profitable partnership worth 40 runs in 10 overs with Josh Davey (21) and then put on 36 with James Burke (11).

But Somerset then stumbled, as they lost six wickets for 55 runs in 12.4 overs, as Andrew Reynoldson took the first five wickets of an eventual haul of 6-53. He started by removing Burke and then picked up the middle order of Craig Meschede (11), James Regan (6) and Tim Rouse (4) cheaply.

Reynoldson finally accounted for Abell who had scored an excellent 94 off 120 balls with nine fours. When Adam Dibble was caught off Waqas Hussain for 2, Somerset were 230-8 in the 46th over, some way short of setting the kind of target they would have hoped after that opening partnership.

If Unicorns’ bowlers thought their job was virtually complete, Jamie Overton had other ideas. Coming out at number 10, he blasted 50 not out from just 18

balls with eight fours and two sixes. He put on 44 with Jack Leach (8) in just 3.1 overs.

Somerset’s innings ended off the last ball of the 50th over when Callum Stewart was run out without scoring, Somerset finishing on 289 all out.

In reply the Unicorns were soon in trouble as Overton and Meschede picked up a wicket each to have them 29-2.

But then Unicorns showed the strength that has brought them four wins in this competition so far this year. Wicket-keeper and opener Alexander Mellor, who has played for Somerset Second XI in the past, was joined by Devon’s Joshua Bess and the pair put on 75 in just 10 overs for the third wicket.

Jack Leach broke the partnership by having Bess lbw for 27 and then picked up a second wicket in successive balls at the end of the 17th over by also having Hussain lbw – without scoring – with the score 104-4.

Mellor found another partner in Logan Weston and the pair put on 43 in 10 overs before Tim Rouse had Weston caught by Josh Davey for 13 with the score 147-5.

Mellor then put on 39 with Reynoldson (35) before finally becoming Leach’s third victim, caught behind by Regan. Mellor had made an excellent 98 off 126 balls with 11 fours.

At this stage Unicorns were 186-6 off 38 overs. Reynoldson resisted for a bit, striking two fours and a six, but when Davey took two wickets in the 41st over, Unicorns slipped to 208-8.

Toby Bulcock was determined the match wasn’t over yet, hitting an unbeaten 27 off 18 balls with two fours and a six. But he ran out of partners as Overton returned to finish off the tail, taking two wickets, both to catches by Abell.

Unicorns finished 247 all out off 45.2 overs.

The result moves Somerset up from eighth to seventh in the South Division for this competition on 7 points. It is their third win of the season.

Somerset Seconds are next in action in the Second XI Championship in a three-day match against Marylebone Cricket Club Universities at Taunton from July 29-31.

Their next 50-over Trophy match is a local derby against our old rivals Gloucestershire at Taunton on August 7, starting at 12 noon.

We’ll include a full report of both games on the InCider.

Teams:

Somerset Second XI: CR Jones, TB Abell*, JH Davey, JE Burke, CAJ Meschede, JA Regan+, TD Rouse, MJ Leach, AJ Dibble, J Overton, CM Stewart

Unicorns: AJ Mellor+, RI Kaufman, E Pollock, JJ Bess, W Hussain, LP Weston, AM Reynoldson, HC Stephens, MT Carter, T Bulcock, AJ Syddall

Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2014/engine/match/716059.html

Second Eleven Trophy, 2014 Points table: http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2014/engine/series/715727.html?view=pointstable