Over 50's bow out in last 16 of County Championships

Somerset Over 50s dream of reaching the quarter finals of ECB National County Championships was once again ended by Essex when the two sides met at Woodford Wells Cricket Club on Sunday.

The visitors found themselves up against a strong home side that included former Somerset wicket-keeper batsman Neil Burns and former Essex player Ian Pont.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first Essex were given a flying start by openers Mel Hussain and Burns who added 85 together before the former Somerset ‘keeper was caught ad bowled by Clive Hamlin.

Although wickets kept falling at one end Hussain batted throughout the innings until the end of the 45 overs by which time he was unbeaten on 112 and Essex had posted 222 for six.

The most successful bowler for Somerset was Tony Scott who ended with two for 39 off his nine over allocation.

When Somerset replied opener Andy Sapey made 23 before he was second man out with the  total on 52. Andy Stevens played patiently for his 28 before he was stumped by Burns with the score on 88.

Both Chris Brewer and Keith Graddon made 28 apiece, but there were no big partnerships and nobody went on after getting a start and eventually Somerset were all out for 152 in 42 overs.

So the dream of reaching the final is over, but the Somerset Over 50s will be back a year older and wiser to try again in 2019.