Seconds Watch – Worcestershire 2nd XI Championship

Mike Unwin runs his eye over day one of the second XI's latest four day game against Worcestershire

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

April 19-22, 2021, Taunton Cricket Club, Day 1, Worcestershire 306-5 (Green 4-33) Worcestershire won the toss and elected to bat.

Somerset Squad: Sonny Baker, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, George Drissell, Matt Foster (Cardiff UCCE), Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Tom Lammonby, Ned Leonard, James Rew (WK), Will Smeed and Sam Young.

Worcestershire Squad: JJ Dell, JA Haynes, J Banton, AG Milton†, RA Whiteley*, ED Woods, Z Ul-Hassan, EWH Bragg, JEG Logan, JC Tongue, AW Finch, MT Stanley

As always with the seconds supporters are keen to see who is included in the squad. The main talking point today was the inclusion of Tom Lammonby, bereft of first team runs, no doubt hoping for some middle time and return of confidence before the 1st XI start against Leicestershire on Thursday. The Worcestershire side included Jacques Banton, younger brother of Tom.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat the Worcestershire top order batsman made Somerset toil in the sunshine at Taunton Vale. The visiting openers Jack Haynes and Josh Dell brought up their side’s Worcestershire’s 50 from 89 balls and taking the score onto 100 runs off 196 balls. At lunch Worcestershire were 100/0 with Jack Haynes on 50 not out.

In the session after lunch Worcestershire continued their steady progress, adding another 113 for the loss of three wickets to reach tea on 213/3 with Josh Dell on 63 not out. Ned Leonard removed Dell in the last session for 82, caught easily by Jack Brooks taking at mid-off mistiming an attempted hook.

Somerset picked up two more wickets before the close, the fifth being in the very last over, but the visitors reached stumps on 306/5 from their allotted 96 overs with Ross Whiteley on 53 and Adam Finch on 0 not out. Ben Green was the pick of the Somerset bowlers with 4-33, Jack Brooks had 0-41 off 14, Lewis Goldsworthy 0-17 off 4 and Lammonby 0-32 off 9.

Whatever happens it seems that Lammonby’s chance will come tomorrow.