Somerset Seconds lose cup tie to visitors Kent at the Vale


James Burke

Second XI Trophy – Somerset Second XI v Kent Second XI – Taunton Vale, Monday June 30 2014

Somerset’s Second XI suffered a five-wicket loss to Kent in this 50-over tie at Taunton Vale on Monday.

Failing to build on the momentum of their first Second XI Trophy win of the season last week against Essex, Somerset were dismissed by Kent for just 182 – in contrast to the 270 they’d made last week.

In reply Kent reached their target with 6.4 overs to spare, albeit with a couple of scares along the way.

Somerset innings

Somerset skipper Max Waller won the toss and elected to bat, but his side were soon in trouble. Opener Tom Abell was caught behind for a duck and when Craig Meschede, batting at number three, was also caught by the keeper, Somerset were 25-2.

Alex Barrow with 35 and James Burke with 33 staged a mini recovery, taking the score onto 58. But Barrow was then trapped lbw and Waller followed in the next over, caught behind for 5. Somerset were 63-4.

James Regan was the next man in and continued his run of good form, putting on 42 with Burke for the fifth wicket. Regan though was also unable to convert a good start of 31 into something more substantial before he was caught and bowled with the score 105-5.

Burke was joined by Tim Rouse and the pair put on 40, before three wickets fell in as many overs. Burke went lbw, Rouse was caught for 28 and Groenewald was caught behind for 2 and Somerset were 151-8 at the end of the 39th over. Four overs later Jamie Overton was caught for five with the score 167-9.

Adam Dibble with 17 and Steve Kirby with 9 not out tried to push the Somerset score up to something competitive at the close, but when Dibble fell, Somerset were all out for 182, which was unlikely to be enough against a team lying third place in the table. Worst still, Somerset had failed to bat their full quota of overs, being dismissed with 2.5 overs of their innings remaining.

Of the Kent bowlers, opening pair Robbie Joseph with 3-29 and Calum Haggett with 3-44 shared the most wickets, while Matt Hunn also took 2-23.

Kent innings

Somerset needed to take quick wickets to put Kent under pressure, but it wasn’t until the 11th over with the score on 45 until Meschede had wicket-keeper Ryan Davies caught by Barrow for 14.

Kent skipper Chris Piesley with 49 and Ed Young with 41 then shared a stand of 65 for the second wicket, before Barrow picked up his second catch, this time off Overton to dismiss Piesley in the 23rd over.

With Kent losing Young – to another Barrow catch, this time off Burke – and Robert Sehmi lbw to Waller for 3, the visitors stumbled slightly to 133-4 in the 31st over.

However Kent had plenty of overs to spare and didn’t panic, Gareth Harte with 25 not out and Haggett with 22 putting on 45 together for the fifth wicket.

Burke nipped in with a late wicket, having Haggett caught by Groenewald with the score 178-5. But with only five runs needed for victory, Harte soon saw his side home.

Somerset bowling figures: TD Groenewald 7-0-25-0, SP Kirby 4-0-16-0, CA Meschede 5-1-24-1, J Overton 7-1-22-1, MT Waller 10-1-34-1, AJ Dibble 6-0-33-0, JE Burke 4.2-0-22-2.

Somerset Second XI’s next 50 over match is against Northamptonshire at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes next Monday 7 July, starting at 12 noon.

In the meantime, the Seconds meet Kent again this week at Taunton Vale, this time in a three-day championship game from Tuesday to Thursday 1-3 July. We’ll have a full round-up of that game on The InCider later this week.


Somerset Second XI: TB Abell, AW Barrow, CA Meschede, JE Burke, MT Waller (captain), JA Regan (wkt-keeper), TD Rouse, AJ Dibble, TD Groenewald, J Overton, SP Kirkby, CM Stewart

Essex Second XI: RC Davies (wkt-keeper), CD Piesley (captain), EGC Young, GJ Harte, RT Sehmi, CJ Haggett, MR Waller, RH Joseph, SD Weller, I Qayyum, MD Hunn