Big Defeat for the Seconds

Contributions of 52 and 44 from Will Smeed and Sam Young not enough to prevent big defeat

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

Second XI Championship Somerset Second XI v Worcestershire Second XI, April 19-22, 2021, Taunton Cricket Club, Day 4 Worcestershire 466 and 226/5 declared beat Somerset 206 and 217 by 269 runs

Resuming needing an unlikely 435 for victory or to bat all day for the loss of less than eight wickets to secure a draw Somerset’s second string were dismissed for just 217.

The morning session was encouraging with the Somerset batsmen making it through to lunch for just the loss of one wicket. Disappointingly that wicket was Lewis Goldsworthy for 18. But Will Smeed 39 and Sam Young 8, were there at the break with hopes of saving the game increased.

Smeed reached his half century from 82 balls (9x4s & 1×6) with the score on 100-2 in the 33rd over but that was the high water mark of the innings. When Smeed was bowled by Stanley for 52 three more wickets followed up to tea.

Sam Young was still there at the break on a determined 44 not out with his side on 182/6, his dismissal without adding to his score after the new ball was taken signalled the beginning of the end.