So today in the second round of the Specsavers county Championship all of these players got a 💯. Bartlett 21 years old, Abell 25 and Hameed 22. Bartlett’s hundred coming of off 156 balls and 12 fours. Abells hundred came off 193 balls with 19 fours. I can’t find how many balls Hammeeds hundred came off. Now I know that Hammeed played 3 matches for England. But this was in India completely alien conditions to a green seamer in the ashes. Additionally, he has not scored a run for 2 seasons. On the other hand, Bartlett and Abell have had a consistent last season. But after this, I’m not sure why there are discussions about Hammed for England. I’m not sure why, to be honest. This is not saying that if Hammeed Keeps scoring hundreds he shouldn’t be in the England XI. If you score runs you deserved your chance. This is exactly what I mean ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
Somerset started day 4 on 171 for 7 with a lead of 133 and 3 wickets left. A good start needed.
But Somerset made the worst possible start in the second over, after Bartlett was dropped in the first, as Craig Overton the hero of yesterday out. He was caught at second slip for a vitally important 28 runs of 41 balls by Zac Crawley. The bowler Matt Milnes. Not long after Somersets morning went from bad to worse with Josh Davey then being out cheaply for 2 caught behind of Mitchell Claydon. Somerset 181-9 just 144 ahead. On a different and more positive note for Somerset Brooks joined Bartlett and shortly after he reached his fifty. Very mature innings from the 21-year-old. Although Jack Brooks was a number 11 he was playing some very expansive shots and before you knew it they had put on 50 and Somerset had raced along to 231-9 with a lead of 193. Shortly after it ended with Bartlett trapped lbw for 63. Somerset 243 all out. This was a fantastic fight back from being 111-7 which was virtually 73-7 as Kent had a lead of 38. So kent needed 206 to win.
Somerset made the perfect start with Dickson being caught at slip for 0 of Gregory’s bowling. The perfect start continued with Brooks having Renshaw caught at slip for a duck. 5,0 a poor return for Renshaw against his former county. Kent 1-2. After Crawley and Bell Drummond had moved the score along to 36-2 Gregory got two latter. He was out 18 pinned lbw for 18. The same fate accounted for Kuhn but this time to Overton( for the second time in the game.) One more fell before lunch, Crawley he was the one batsman looking competent before he was caught at slip of Gregory. Lunch 45-5 and kent rocked by Gregory, with 3, Overton, with 1 and brooks with 1. Somerset need 5 wickets and kent 161 runs.
After lunch, Somerset made a good start removing Robinson quickly for 2. But Stevens and Blake added staunch resistance. Before the latter fell for 20 caught behind of Overton. 82-7. The last 3 frustrated the home side but in the end, it was a comfortable win for Somerset cleaning up the tail and winning by 74 runs. Gregory the stand out with a 5 wicket haul. A great start for Somerset.
Thankfully there was no rain delay and play got underway at 11 AM. Somerset made a very good start with Sean Dickson being caught at first slip of Josh Davey for a well made 43. Shortly after Renshaw fall caught at mid-on chipping a leg-side ball straight to Abell. Somerset had made a good start reducing kent to 97-4. Kuhn and Bell Drummond looked scratchy but put on 47. But then after a very tense period of play Craig Overton got his man with a great inswinger taking Heino’s middle stump right out of the ground. Shortly after Blake was bowled chopping on from Gregory. Then bell Drummond was caught at second slip for a gritty 33. Lunch 171-7.
Somerset made a positive start with Stevens caught at slip by Trescothick. A familiar combination. After a few big hits from the lower order, Kent was all out for 209. A lead of 38. Somerset started their innings but made the worse possible start and was 32-4. Trescothick, Azhar, Hildreth and Byrom all persuaded to great seeing and seam bowling from Stevens, Podmore, Stevens again and Matt Milnes. Then Abell and Davies took the score to 90-5 there second 50 partnership of the game. Then after tea Abell and Davies fell in quick succession. Abell falling caught behind to a short and wide one from Claydon for 30. Then Davies bowled trying to drive a ball that wasn’t there for 39 off the same bowler. Somerset’s slump continued with Gregory being bowled by Claydon again. Somerset 111-7. 37 ahead and all but out of it. But they didn’t give up and Bartlett and Craig Overton batted brilliantly together putting on 60. 171-7 at the end of the day. 133 ahead with 3 wickets left.
The game is in the balance. With Kent batting, last scoreboard pressure may come into play.
Somerset’s first game of the county championship against Kent. The first day was completely washed out due to rain and the first session the same. Kent won the toss and put Somerset into bat.
Azhar and Trescothick came into bat and were doing well and were untroubled until 30-0. Then Trescothick played across the line and was bowled for 10. The next wicket was Azhar who got out to a good ball from mines and was caught at second slip. Not long after Hildreth was caught flirting with a ball to far away from his body. A disappointing dismissal, 63-3. Abell started playing well with a good few fours and looking solid. But then after hitting a good four Byrom played a bad shot and was caught in the gully. Then Davies, he came in combining with Abell taking the score to 130-5 with a good 50 partnership. But then he did what Davies did and just hit it to point. Then Bartlet came in and looked troubled and was LBW from Claydon for 6. Lunch 140-5.
After lunch, Somerset came out and made a terrible start with Gregory falling to an over-expansive drive to a wide delivery. Then Abell the glue on 49 falling with a loose hook shot caught at long leg. Then at 145-8 Overton and Davey put on 20 before Davey was strangled down the leg side giving Claydon 5 wickets. Kent got the last wicket when Overton chipped a short ball back to Podmore. 171 all out, disappointing.
Kent came out and looked comfortable. Dickson was dropped at first slip from Hildreth, Gregory the bowler. They put on 71 before Craig Overton got Crawley out fending at a shortish one caught at second slip. Then the night watchman Podmore chipped Davey’s ball straight to Byrom at square leg. Close of play kent 84-2.
Somerset need a lot of wickets early to get back in the game.
Somerset vs Cardiff MCCU. Somerset beat this university team by 568 runs. This is just the way that nearly every single University v county game goes. But these are still considered and recorded as first-class matches. Why? For example Eddie Byrom, he scored 115 and 58 not out. He now starts the season on an average of 173. Now England selectors ( I know he is not English) they may look at all of the averages for the season and they see batsmen with an average 10 above everyone else. This is because they scored lots of runs against school boys. Not against Starc, Cummins and Pattinson. In addition to this, weather a friendly is first class or not I’m not sure how they do it. Last year before the season Somerset played Ireland as a warm-up for there test match against Pakistan and for Somerset it was a county warm-up game. Now Eddie Byrom scored a hundred in that game against Ireland. The hundred against a ”test match” team doesn’t count as a first-class hundred but the one against schoolboys does? It really doesn’t make sense and I’m not sure who’s making these decisions.
Jo’s Butler was on 69 runs off 49 deliveries in the first Ipl game of Rajasthan’s season. Rajasthan were chasing 184-4 and were 108-2 off 12.5 overs. They needed 76 off 43 balls with 8 wickets in hand with Butler and Sanju Samson batting well. Then the incident happened.
Jos had no warning of this, which I have a problem with, as Ashwin was in his delivery stride and then pulled out and ”ran him out.” See I am fine with Mankading if it is used in the right way. If I batsman is consistently training to gain an advantage and has been warned it is alright. But the fact is it’s not. Jos wasn’t trying to. Also, it wasn’t even out.
What does it say for Ravi Ashwin as a person? Furthermore, in the world cup, Jos is going to now that he has something over him and will know that’s the only way he can get him out.
In conclusion, I think that it is wrong 100% wrong he didn’t warn him and he was just backing up. Not to gain an advantage. In spite of this, I still think the rule is needed for people who are trying to gain an advantage.
Somerset have now completed there your to Abu Dubai, they won 2 and loss 2 one dayers. There to wins that were very positive and their losses noted as a leading experience and that’s what Pre seasons four.
Tom Abells one day hundred is a big plus for him and the team. With him, in good form and consistency, Somerset goes a lot further to being a winning one day team. Along with this Bartlett, who I would have batting at 6, has been in good form. If these to can be consistently good there batting is a lot better. All the bowlers were in good form. Especially in the 3-day game, bowing them out for under 170 twice in the game. Trescothick hitting 60 odd is good as having a solid opening partnership. Azhar Ali is an overseas player and will be consistently good.
Overall this was a good tour.