Only eleven overs were bowled at Taunton Vale today (Thursday), as Somerset’s opening first-class fixture of the season against Durham MCCU was heavily affected by rain.
No play was possible in the morning session due to heavy downpours, but after an inspection around lunchtime, Marcus Trescothick chose to bat after winning the toss.
Having sat out of Somerset’s first two warm-up fixtures of the season, against Glamorgan and Gloucestershire, 21-year-old batsman Tom Abell came into the side after a finger injury, but was removed without scoring in the second over of the game, as he was caught behind off 20-year-old Jack Wood, who was making his first-class debut.
However, his fellow opener Trescothick had no such troubles against the new ball, easing his way to 21 not out and hitting four boundaries in the limited play possible.
Batting at number three was Johann Myburgh, who hit 521 runs in the 2014 season, and the diminutive right-hander also survived the bowling of Wood and Will Jenkins, as he accumulated a score of 22 not out before the early close.
Unfortunately, with the score on 49/1 after eleven overs, the downpours returned, and play was abandoned for the day at around 4pm.
Tomorrow’s forecast indicates that more rain is set to fall in Taunton overnight, and although it may subdue at the start of the afternoon, the groundstaff will face an uphill task to make the ground playable before the weekend.
In the event that play does get underway, the names to look out for in the students’ side are Cameron Steel, who has a summer contract with Somerset for 2015 and is captaining the visitors, and batsman Dmitri Ratnayake, who has already played five first-class games in his career.
Somerset’s side, other than the top three batsmen, includes James Hildreth, Jim Allenby, on his first-class debut for the side, Alex Barrow, who is preferred to James Regan in the wicket-keeper’s role, Peter Trego, Lewis Gregory, Jamie Overton, Adam Dibble and Jack Leach. Of the 12-man squad named for this game, Tim Groenewald is the man to miss out.
Netherlands batsman Tom Cooper may feature in the club’s pre-season fixture against Lancashire next week and having landed in England earlier this week, Abdur Rehman may also feature.