Superb Game of Second XI Championship Cricket Ends in a Draw

As expected the seconds' opening championship game ended in a draw but there were plenty of positives to be drawn from the last 4 days

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 Middlesex Second XI, April 18-21, 2022, Taunton Cricket ClubDay 4: Somerset 216 all out (Aldridge 39, de Lange 31 not out) and 359/4 (Church 154, Goldsworthy 150 not out), Middlesex 278 (Hollman 72, de Lange 5-41) and 159/2 (Davies 61 not out). Match drawn.

Digress if I may, but further to my introduction of Adam Small on Day 1, an exclusive (well almost). He prepared to keep to the rockets from Marchant de Lange in this game by keeping wicket to none other than the Somerset Live Stream commentator Harry Everett and his slow spin bowling! I can also reveal that the two also featured in a century partnership together 2 years ago. 

As envisaged in yesterday’s report, Somerset batted on this morning, taking their lead to 297 before declaring leaving Middlesex 58 overs to score the 298 needed for victory. Two innings stood out in this total; firstly Dylan Church was eventually bowled by Kaushal for 154 while Lewis Goldsworthy remained unbeaten on 150. Quite rightly Dylan’s father, Philip, tweeted ‘Proud dad alert’

In reply Middlesex posted 159/2 before the customary shake of hands at 5:00pm. Top scorer was J Davies with 61 not out and for Somerset, Kasey Aldridge and Josh Thomas both claimed 1 wicket apiece.

In summary a terrific game of cricket where tight bowling by MdL taking 5 wickets in the first innings and the huge innings of Dylan Church and Lewis Goldsworthy were the standout performances.

Next Match: Monday 25th April v Nottinghamshire in the Second Eleven Championship at Taunton Vale. Hope to see you there.