Somerset Seconds finish on a high with quickfire win over Yorkshire

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Second XI Friendly – Somerset Second XI v Yorkshire Second XI –Taunton Vale, September 16-18, 2014

Yorkshire 77 (Gibson 33, Dibble 2-8, Stewart 2-32) and 171 (Hodd 56, Ashraf 39, Meschede 2-20, Dibble 2-26, J Overton 2-31) lost to Somerset 235 (Mellor 66, Waller 61, Regan 30, Carver 4-66, Wainman 2-26) and 14-0 (Waller 10 not out) by 10 wickets

Somerset Seconds made short work of their Yorkshire counterparts last week, winning an end of season friendly in emphatic style by 10 wickets in just a day and a half.

The victory at Taunton Vale was a fitting end to a successful summer for the Second XI who finished third in the Southern Group in the championship, just one point behind Middlesex in second place.

Playing before the first teams met this week at Headingley, Somerset Seconds won the toss and put Yorkshire into the bat.

The visitors were soon in trouble, losing their first four wickets for just 15 runs, including veteran Andrew Hodd, who was run out for just four. Only 18-year-old Ryan Gibson with a near run-a-ball 33 prevented Yorkshire’s innings from being a complete disaster. The Middlesborough-born all-rounder struck six fours and a six before becoming the second wicket for Callum Stewart.

James Wainman with 17 was the only other Yorkshireman to reach double figures as the visitors were bundled out for 77 in just 24.4 overs on the opening morning.

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Adam Dibble picked up two early wickets to start the collapse and returned excellent figures of 6-1-8-2. But the honours were shared among the Somerset attack in what was an excellent all-round bowling performance. Stewart took 2-32 and there was a wicket apiece for Josh Davey, Craig Meschede, Jamie Overton and Joe Peatman, playing his first game for the club.

Despite losing Sam Underdown for just 2, Somerset’s response got off to a flier thanks to an attacking innings from Second XI skipper Max Waller, who smashed 61 from just 38 balls, with 12 boundaries. He had scored all but 17 of Somerset’s runs when he was the second man out at 78-2.

Alex Barrow and Josh Davey made starts but when they both fell along with Craig Meschede, Somerset lost three wickets for just 14 runs and found themselves in trouble at 110-5.

That mini-collapse brought together James Regan and Alex Mellor and the pair steadily rebuilt, adding 86 in 32 overs for the sixth wicket to put Somerset firmly on top.

Mellor, 23, originally from Stoke, has played for his home Minor County side Staffordshire this summer as well the Unicorns and a couple of games for Somerset Seconds. The left-handed keeper-batsman certainly impressed in this innings, making 66 off 91 balls and striking 11 fours.

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Eventually it was the slow-left arm spin of Yorkshire’s Karl Carver that sparked a second Somerset collapse as they lost their last five wickets for 39 runs in 8.3 overs, Carver finishing with 4-66. Paceman James Wainman finished with 2-26, including the wicket of Regan, who was the ninth man out, caught behind for a patient 30 off 125 balls. The last man to fall was Taunton Cricket Club’s Harry Popplewell, son of Somerset legend Nigel, who was making his Somerset debut on his home ground.

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Disappointing though the collapse was, given the amount of time left in the game, Somerset still had a sizeable first innings lead worth 158. They quickly pressed home their advantage, as Adam Dibble dismissed Yorkshire opener Elliot Callis without scoring.

Hodd then made up for his failure in the first innings by the playing a similar knock to the one Waller had produced at the beginning of Somerset’s first innings. He smashed 56 off just 54 balls and struck 11 boundaries, but with no-one else going on to build an score, Yorkshire were staring at an innings defeat at 123-9, still requiring 35 to make Somerset bat again.

Fast bowler Moin Ashraf decided to go down fighting and struck a run-a-ball 39 with four fours and a six. His tenth-wicket stand of 48 with Carver took the White Rose county to 171 and gave the visitors’ total a measure of respectability and ensured the hosts would need to bat a second time.

Again the wickets were evenly shared among the Somerset bowlers, Dibble, Overton and Meschede all picking up two each, while there was a debut wicket in Somerset colours for Popplewell when he had Gibson caught by Dibble off a fast, short delivery for 14. Davey, Waller and Stewart also picked up a wicket a piece.

Somerset then quickly knocked off the 14 runs they needed to win in 2.5 overs, Waller hitting two fours to finish 10 not out.

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Somerset Second XI bowling figures:

First innings: AJ Dibble 6-1-8-2, JH Davey 5-2-7-1, CAJ Meschede 5-1-17-1, CM Stewart 5-1-32-2, J Overton 2-2-0-1, JJ Peatman 1.4-0-12-1

Second innings: AJ Dibble 8-1-26-2, JH Davey 10-3-31-2, CAJ Meschede 5-1-20-2, HG Popplewell 3-1-7-1, JJ Peatman 4-2-3-0, MTC Waller 6-1-33-1, CM Stewart 0.2-0-1-1

Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2014/engine/match/782039.html

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