The only way is victory as Somerset Seconds beat Essex in rain-hit clash

Josh hit an excellent 67 for 2nd’s

Second XI Trophy – Essex Second XI v Somerset Second XI – Cricket Field Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, Monday June 23 2014

Somerset’s Second XI recorded their first 50-over win of the season earlier this week as they beat Essex under Duckworth-Lewis rules in a rain-affected match at Bishops Stortford.

Somerset’s Seconds scored 270-9 in their innings, thanks in large part to a 141 partnership for the third wicket between Tim Rouse and Josh Davey.

In reply Essex were 106-3 off 25.2 overs when the rains came, some distance behind the required run rate.

The match was notable for the welcome return of Lewis Gregory following his hamstring injury and the first appearance for Somerset by new signing Tim Groenewald.

Essex won the toss and asked Somerset to bat. The home side soon had us in trouble at 2-2 with Alex Barrow and Lewis Gregory (playing solely as a batsman) both back in the pavilion by the end of the first over.

Rouse and Davey set about rebuilding the innings and their 141-run partnership came up in 27.4 overs. The partnership was eventually broken when Davey was trapped lbw for an excellent 67 off 98 balls with seven fours.

Second XI skipper Max Waller was stumped for seven, but at 162-4 with just over 16 overs to go, Somerset had plenty of batting and overs in hand.

Tim Rouse fell after a superb 71 off 95 balls with seven fours and one six, but there were valuable middle order runs from James Regan (21), Jack Leach (44) and Adam Dibble (24) which took the score up to 270 by the close. Steve Kirby hit a boundary before being the ninth and final wicket of the innings to fall.

Groenewald3As he had not played for Derbyshire for a few weeks, Tim Groenewald had asked to play for the Second XI before making his first team Somerset debut. He opened the bowling here with Steve Kirby.

Tim claimed his first scalp for his new county, bowling Jaik Mickleburgh for 12 to leave Essex 23-1 in the seventh over. Next, fellow opener Nick Browne was caught behind the stumps by Alex Barrow off the bowling of Callum Stewart for 27 and Essex were 62-2 off 16.5 overs, with plenty of wickets and overs in hand.

But Essex failed to accelerate enough and as soon as Waller had Greg Smith lbw for 22 after 25.2 overs, the rains came and Essex found themselves on the wrong side of the required Duckworth-Lewis rate at 106-3 and lost by 18 runs. Former England U19s and Lions wicket-keeper Ben Foakes was left not out on 37.

Groenewald finished with figures of 5-0-20-1 in his first spell for Somerset. Other wicket takers were Stewart with figures of 7-0-28-1 and Waller 2.2-0-7-1.

Somerset’s other bowlers were Steve Kirby with a return of 5-0-15-0, Adam Dibble 5-0-27-0 and Jack Leach 1-0-4-0.

The result leaves Somerset Seconds sixth (with three points) out of ten teams in the south division of the Second XI Trophy. Their next 50 over match is against third-placed Kent at Taunton next Monday, starting at 12 noon.


Somerset Second XI: Barrow, Rouse, Gregory, Davey, Waller, Regan, Leach, Dibble, Groenewald, Kirby, Stewart

Essex Second XI: Mickleburgh, Pettini, Browne, Foakes, Smith, Napier, Lawrence, Mahmood, Craddock, Porter and Nadir


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The Seconds have remained in Bishop Stortford this week to play Essex Second XI again, this time in a three-day game, which started on Tuesday. We’ll have a full round-up of that game on The InCider later this week.