Somerset under 10s learn some good lessons against Warwickshire
Warwickshire 145 all out off 35 overs
Somerset 78 all out
Somerset lost by 75 runs
Somerset under 11s outplayed by their Devon counterparts
Somerset 153 (Baverstock 43)
Somerset lost by 7 wkts
Somerset under 12s leave room for improvement against Hampshire
Somerset U12s were searching for their first win of the season but came up short against a young and organised Hampshire side.
Winning the toss Somerset captain Burston decided to bowl first on a wet surface. Opening bowlers Harrison (6-1-25-0) and Terry (8-4-13-1) bowled with good discipline and control restricting Hampshire to 21 without loss off the first 10 overs. Chances were given but Somerset were unable to take them. It wasn't until the introduction of Yarde (4-0-23-2) in the 15th over that brought about a break in the Hampshire defence. Removing both openers Dhariwal (28) and Cheayer (32).
Everything was looking manageable and in control for Somerset until the 35th over at which point the bowlers lost a little discipline and Hampshire took full advantage scoring 59 off the last 5 overs. Some great striking by the young Kelly 46no off 34 balls.
Chasing 193 was going to require a lot of patience from the Somerset batters whilst taking full advantage of any loose bowling. Somerset did not get off to the best of starts though with Davis trapped lbw in the second over and Windows bowled by a great delivery by Moss (8-1-28-3) in the 9th over leaving Somerset 20-2. Broome (29) looked to bat with intent alongside Yarde (30). However, at 65-3 at drinks Somerset were going to need to take a few more risks to keep the win alive. Unfortunately for Somerset all the Hampshire bowlers were very disciplined and the batters found it tough to get the ball away to keep the run rate manageable. Requiring 9 an over for the last ten overs the run rate kept climbing and unfortunately it was too much to ask for the lower order batters to manage and they came up 36 runs short finishing 157-9 with Terry (24no).
Somerset under 14s show good team spirit in defeating Hampshire
Somerset 174-9 (Brooks 82, H Smeed 49)
Hampshire 168 (Meadows 3-20)
Somerset won by 6 runs
Somerset under 15s disappoint against Hampshire in low scoring affair
Put into bat on a dry wicket at New Milton CC, Somerset lost their opening pair, both to decent deliveries, with 29 runs on the board just as the early movement from the white ball was starting to die-off. The next pair looked to steady things but another wicket fell from poor calling and an inevitable run out with the score on 42. Wickets unfortunately flowed from this point as the Somerset batsman struggled under the pressure they were themselves creating; crumpling to 75 for 8 with just 17 overs bowled. Jack Kearns and Fin Yates added 29 for the 9th wicket, the highest partnership of the innings, with the pair, particularly Kearns, the only batsman really looking at ease. Yates fell with the score at 104 and the innings was quickly over 1 run later in the 30th over, extras top scoring with 32.
Somerset made the home side battle hard for runs in their reply as the wicket started to offer some spin, but with little help for the quicker bowlers. The team fielded well, with outstanding catches from Will Smeed and Yates. Will Burston bowled well for his figures of 10-1-37-3, but the bowlers did not stand much of a chance with the total set by Somerset at least 50 runs short and the home team ran out winners by 3 wickets.