Weekly round up - boys performance
Under 11's versus Wiltshire
Somerset got their County friendlies programme underway with a win against Wiltshire. Batting first, both openers fought hard to manage the tricky Wiltshire opening attack. Thereafter, Ellis James and Cole Willoughby made useful contributions of 30 and 17 respectively, but the quality innings of the day came from Kian Roberts with his mature and well- structured innings of 54 from 81 balls. After slipping to 149-8, Jonah Hopkins, William Alexander and John Kumar did well to take their side to a defendable total of 178-9 in the 40 overs.
Some decent seam bowling from Cole Willoughby (3-15) and John Kumar (3-25), in particular, restricted Wiltshire to just 56-2 off their first 20 overs. However, at 125-5 and their Nos. 6 & 7 looking threatening, a tight finish seemed likely. Somerset then took control, aided by 5 catches and a smart run-out to win fairly comfortably by 31 runs. Jonathan Turner bowled a tight spell of 4-2-3-0 at a critical time.
scorecard to follow
Under 13’s versus Cricket Wales
Newbridge Cricket Club played host to Sundays game between Somerset Under 13’s and Cricket Wales Under 13’s. After Wales won the toss and elected to bat, Somerset made a positive start reducing Wales to 32-3 with some positive bowling by Crane (1-21) and Heard (2-15). Somerset continued to apply the pressure throughout the innings to end Wales’ innings on 120-9 from the 40 overs. Nathan Yarde was the pick of the bowlers ending with 3-24 from his seven overs. In reply despite the loss of an early wicket Dan Broome (46*) & Josh Thomas (62*) played the Welsh bowling attack superbly to reach the required target off just 27 overs.
Under 14’s versus Devon
A superb second wicket partnership worth 140 gave Somerset Under 14’s an eight wicket victory against Devon at Shobrooke Park Cricket Club. Somerset electing to field first were instantly reward as Jack Harding picked up the first wicket to leave Devon 13-1 however wickets became hard to come by thereafter with the next one falling to the bowling of Callum Harvey (1-18 off 10) with the score in excess of 100. Devon put themselves in a strong position for the last ten overs however the reintroduction of Charlie Sharland and Jack Harding restricted Devon to 199-8 from their 40 overs. In reply Rew and Sainsbury added 29 for the first wicket before Sainsbury was run out for nine. Sharland (20) was the next to fall with the score on 62, this bought Chaffey (68*) to the crease who with Rew (87*) batted with composure and control to help Somerset reach their target with 13 overs to spare.
Under 15's versus Worcestershire
On Tuesday 29 May, Somerset 15s hosted Worcester 15s at the Vale on a good batting track and a lightning outfield. Worcester got off to a flying start and had 50 on the board inside 5 overs. Tight bowling from the seam of Will Tothill and the spinners, saw the Worcester score kept down to a reasonable chase of 271. Special mention to Ali Layard who bowled superbly on his debut with figures of 9.3-0-44-6 with his spin bowling. In the chase, Somerset struggled as wickets tumbled regularly and were bowled out for 130 in 31.4 overs.
Thursday 31 May saw a double header 20/20 with Worcester also at the Taunton Vale.
In the first match, Worcester batted first and the Somerset bowlers all bowled well and were backed up with some good fielding and we restricted them to 142-4. In reply, some sensible, classy batting from captain Henry Smeed with 51 and Tom Brooks with 39no saw Somerset to victory in the last over.
In the second match, Somerset batted first and posted a score of 139-5 with Will Chesterman 36 and Jamie Baird 35no batting nicely. In reply, Worcester chased down the total with 7 balls to spare, losing 7 wickets. Somerset had the worst of the conditions due to persistent rain but Will Tothill bowling superbly with 4-20 and special mention to keeper Tom Brooks who kept very well and took 5 catches, made Worcester work hard for their victory.
U15's versus Berkshire, Somerset won by 7 wickets - report to follow - scorecard
Under 17’s versus Devon
Ned Leonard and Cameron Harding’s opening burst paved the way for Somerset to bowl Devon out for just 61 and secure an unbeaten start to their County Cup campaign. Earlier valuable contributions from Smeed (31), Sumeraurer (32) and Leonard (38*) had helped Somerset post a very competitive 234. Devon’s reply was immediately compromised by a superb opening spell from Harding (2-15) and Leonard (2-10) who combined with a Sumeraurer run-out reduced Devon to 21-5. Sumeraurer (2-7) in partnership with Aldridge continued to apply pressure to the Devon batsman before the introduction of Wincer (2-9) gave Somerset the victory.