Soggy Debut for the Lights

The long-awaited debut of Taunton's floodlights was tarnished by disappointing weather. But that didn't spoil the day for Messrs Trego, Ali and Hildreth

Somerset v Essex, RLODC, Taunton, 25 April 2019
Somerset 353-5 beat Essex 154-6 by 37 runs (D/L)

This was Somerset’s second Duckworth / Lewis win in the space of 3 days and their fourth consecutive win. But the bare facts fare to do justice to this momentous day in the history of Somerset cricket history.

This was the first day-night game played under the CACG’s spectacular new lights. A date we had all had circled in our diaries since the fixtures were announced in the autumn of 2018.

Disappointingly the Taunton weather didn’t want to play along delaying the start by two hours and reducing the game to 39 overs a side. But for those braving the damp, chilly weather the privations were worth it for what they saw.

Fittingly perhaps, Peter Trego graced this special occasion with a spectacular century. In partnership with Azhar Aii, who also reached three figures, the second wicket pair added 217. Trego’s 141 wasn’t his highest List-A score for Somerset but it was, I’d argue, his finest.

A measure of Trego’s impact is that Somerset’s innings closed on 353-5 off 39 overs. A scoring rate of a fraction over 9 an over or 151 per 100 balls!

The Essex pursuit was a stop-start affair which ended with them needing 191 off 19. The bowling conditions that faced the Somerset bowlers made their task virtually impossible and, for the remaining few in the late evening, it made the contest a farce. It is probable that the players would not have returned as all if the Sky cameras had not been present. But fortunately, no injuries were sustained and Somerset extended their winning start to four in a row.

It was a special day for another favourite of the Taunton crowd and all-time Somerset legend. James Hildreth made his (record) 625th appearance in all competitions for the Somerset first team.

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