Somerset Second XI’s three-wicket victory in a friendly against Glamorgan on Wednesday was ideal preparation for their first championship game of the season at Sussex next week, according to coach Steve Snell.
The Seconds will play a T20 match against Sussex at Horsham next Monday before starting their championship campaign at Blackstone the following day.
Snell believes there are a lot of gains which the team can take from their performance against Glamorgan in Cardiff into next week’s fixtures, not the pair of 80s scored by MCC Young cricketer Adam Hose.
Glamorgan declared on a formidable day one total of 350-4, with openers Wadlan and Housego both scoring centuries, Academy player Ollie Sale finishing with 2-58.
Somerset then declared their first innings 76 runs short of their hosts and bowled Glamorgan out cheaply second time around to set up an exciting finish on the final afternoon.
In Somerset’s first innings, Hose, who has turned out for both Somerset and Worcesteshire Seconds this season as well for as MCC Young Cricketers, top scored with a patient, unbeaten 80 off 112 balls. In all he spent three hours 20 minutes at the crease and hit 13 boundaries.
He shared a partnership worth 91 for the fifth wicket in 17.2 overs with spinner George Dockrell, whose excellent batting form continued into this match. The Irish international hit 62 at exactly a run a ball, with 11 fours and a six.
Hose was then joined by Adam Dibble and the pair added a further 88 in 15 overs, Dibble making an unbeaten 55 off 61 balls with nine fours and a six as Somerset declared on 274-5 off 61 overs.
Bath-born Nick Harrison, 23, who has played three first-class matches for Oxford MCCU and Worcestershire, made early inroads into the Glamorgan batting line-up, removing the top three batsmen, including both first innings centurions, Wadlan and Housego.
With Ben Ladd-Gibbon (3-47) nipping in to claim three middle order wickets, it appeared as if Somerset’s declaration gamble had paid off as Glamorgan collapsed to 150-9. However tailender Ruaidhri Smith kept the hosts in the game with a belligerent 81 at exactly a run a ball. In all he struck 10 fours and a six and shared a last-wicket partnership worth 70 with Dewi Penrhyn Jones (18*).
Glamorgan were bowled out for 220 on the third morning without adding to their overnight score, Harrison removing Smith to finish with figures of 4-70, while Sam Wyatt-Haines claimed 2-27.
Set 297 to win, Somerset had reached 121 by lunch for the loss of Max Waller (40) and Alex Mellor (7) off 28 overs, still needing 175 for victory.
After the break Hose (84) and Wyatt-Haines (62) steered Somerset towards their required total with a stand worth 129 in 29 overs. Then, further runs for both Dockrell (31) and Dibble (24) took Somerset to the brink of victory when their partnership was broken. At tea Somerset were 292-7 and required just five more runs for the win.
Soon after the break, Sale (5*) and Ladd-Gibbon (8*) ensured that Somerset made it over the line to win by three wickets.
After the match a delighted Snell said: “It’s been a pretty good result for the boys and I am very pleased with the way that they all played.
“Glamorgan batted well on the first day on a bit of a green wicket and hit 350 for four. We were really happy with our bowlers especially their second and third spells.
“Ollie Sale in particular bowled very well, although his figures don’t particularly reflect that, but he is somebody that Somerset fans will see a bit more of in years to come, although he has still got a lot of work to do to feature in the first team.
“In our first innings we were in a little bit of trouble at one stage, but George Dockrell and Adam Dibble batted nicely and we declared behind so we could have another crack at them.
“We then did brilliantly to bowl them out in the second innings and only a superb last wicket partnership meant we were chasing more than we might have.
“All of the bowlers stuck to their tasks well on day two and Nick Harrison then wrapped the innings up first ball of the final day.
Talking about Somerset’s second innings Steve said: “Chasing 296, Adam Hose laid the foundation and played with a really good tempo throughout the whole game and hit the ball down the ground very well. He was well supported well by Sam Wyatt-Haines, who made his first telling contribution to the season, which will give him a great deal of confidence to build on.”
Steve added: “There were lots of gains and a lot learned by all the guys and this was great preparation for our first championship game at Sussex next week.”
The Somerset squad for this match was: Alex Mellor, Max Waller, James Regan, Adam Hose, Sam Wyatt-Haynes, Joel Harden, Adam Dibble, George Dockrell, Ollie Sale, Jack Leach, Nick Harrison and Ben Ladd Gibbon,
Scorecard: Glamorgan 2nd XI v Somerset 2nd XI – https://www.totalcricketscorer.com/TCSLive/TCSScorecard.aspx?id=31215