Seconds Watch – Worcestershire, 2nd XI Championship Day 2

Worcestershire set a mammoth total while Tom Lammonby’s poor form continues

Mike Unwin

Mike moved to Montacute (4.5 miles from Yeovil) in 1952, he started watching Somerset in 1956 and has been a supporter ever since. In retirement, when not at the County Ground or Taunton Vale watching the Somerset Second XI, he can be found, volunteering at the Ilminster Arts supporting the Stock and Sales system or in the Somerset Cricket Museum cataloguing the collection items and putting them online, on the museum’s website

Worcestershire 466 All Out (Whiteley 92, Green 4-52, Leonard 4-89) Somerset 181-6 Goldsworthy 59 not out Tongue 3-53)

A morning the Somerset bowlers will probably wish to forget conceding 147 runs in the session as Worcestershire reached 466 all out. Ned Leonard was the morning’s most successful bowler claiming 3 wickets including removing top scorer Ross Whiteley’s off stump, with his now trademark in swinging Yorker for 92. 

The agony was exacerbated by the last wicket partnership of James Logan (39) and Josh Tongue (53) which added 85 off 125 balls.

Worcestershire had gained four batting points and Somerset just two bowling points.

A mountain to climb if Somerset are to get anything from this game but with Eddie Byrom and Tom Lammonby opening hopes were high. Poor Tom, gone, third ball, caught behind for no score by Alex Milton off the bowling of Adam Finch to leave Somerset on two for one – his poor run of form continues; his confidence must be at rock bottom.

Ben Green, a candidate for first team selection failed to stake a claim soon following Tom back to the dressing room (bowled by Josh Tongue for 14) but Eddie Byrom (34 not out) and Lewis Goldsworthy (16 not out) saw Somerset safely through to the Tea interval on 72-2.

What followed after tea will be familiar to Somerset supporters with only Lewis Goldsworthy offering any resistance, to this strong Worcestershire attack, his half century coming in 97 balls. He lost Byrom caught behind (38), Smeed caught hooking (12) – a similar mode of dismissal to the Glamorgan game. Young was caught, playing way outside his off stump (15) and Rew followed LBW (8).

The 7th wicket partnership between Goldsworthy and Drissell putting on 54 off 110 balls leaving Somerset on 181-6 at close of play – Goldsworthy 59 not out and Drissell 25 not out.

Jason Kerr, Andy Hurry and Tom Abell would have been hoping for runs from Lammonby, Byrom and Green but only Lewis Goldsworthy has made any impression in this disappointing performance.