Sunday 27 May
Somerset v Worcestershire
Clevedon Cricket Club played host to Somerset Under 17’s season opener in the ECB County Cup. After a delayed start Worcestershire won the toss and elected to bowl and were rewarded as Press and Young were dismissed with the score yet to pass twenty. Somerset’s tough start continue as they slipped to 55-6 with Josh Baker taking three of the wickets to fall. This bought Jamie Baird and Julius Sumeraurer to the crease who combined superbly to add 73 to the score before Baird fell for a patient but much needed 37. Sumeraurer continued to move the score forward with support from Hall and finished 55 not out to help Somerset post a competitive 170 for 8 from their 40 overs.
In reply Somerset needed to make early breakthroughs to ensure that they were able to take advantage of Sumeraurer’s valuable contribution and they did just with Ned Leonard (2-14) doing the early damage. The introduction of Lewis Goldsworthy (2-22) and Julius Sumeraurer (1-17) piled the pressure on the Worcestershire batters with Goldsworthy taking his second wicket with the final ball before drinks to leave Worcestershire 81-5. Wickets continued to fall including two for Max Toohey (2-23) before Sumeraurer completed a man of the match performance by bowling George Marshall to give Somerset the win by 33 runs. Somerset’s next game is Wednesday 30th May against Gloucestershire at the Brightside, County Ground.
Wednesday 30 May
Somerset v Gloucestershire
Somerset Under 17’s continued their fine start to the County Cup season with a resounding five wicket win over Gloucestershire at the Brightside County Ground, Bristol.
Once again the match was shortened due to early morning rain, however after the tireless work of the ground staff a 35 over game began just after 2.30pm. After the winning the toss and electing to bat Gloucestershire got off to the best possible start as Milo Ayres (33) led his team to 40 from the first two overs before he was dismissed by Leonard. The fall of that wicket bought an end to the initial fireworks and momentum shifted in Somerset’s favour with Leonard getting Price caught behind for 10 shortly after. 54-2 soon became 62-4 as Harding was introduced the attack. The wicket of Goodman fell in spectacular fashion with Aldridge leaping to take – in Steve Snell’s words reminiscent of Paul Collingwood’s catch on this ground in 2005.
Aldridge and Harding continued to build pressure with the ball as Harding took a further two wickets (to reduce Gloucestershire to 84-7) to end with figures of 4-12. Mini partnerships frustrated the Somerset bowlers as Gloucestershire added 71 for the final three wickets to post a competitive total.
Somerset’s reply started in a similar fashion - including a six deposited onto the top floor of apartments - before Sam Young (23) was dismissed with the score on 34. Despite the fall of several wickets Press continued to play with confidence and control adding 63 for the fourth wicket with Baird before the former was dismissed for 41. Jamie Baird continued from last weeks excellent performance to register his first Under 17 fifteen playing spin and seam superbly before he was dismissed for a brilliant 51 with Somerset just 12 short of their total. Leonard sealed the victory striking Goodman down the ground for four with three and a half overs to go.
Somerset play against Devon this Sunday at Taunton Vale Sports Club hoping to continue their unbeaten run in the County Cup.