Davies and Bess save Som­er­set’s blushes

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | County Championsh­ip -

At Taun­ton Som­er­set 326 all out v Not­ting­hamshire

Steve Davies and Do­minic Bess res­cued Som­er­set from po­ten­tial em­bar­rass­ment on the open­ing day of their Di­vi­sion One match against Not­ting­hamshire.

Hav­ing won the toss and elected to bat in bright sun­shine, the cham­pi­onship lead­ers were re­duced to 145 for six by their bot­tom-placed op­po­nents, with Jake Ball, Luke Wood and Ravichan­dran Ashwin claim­ing two wick­ets each.

At that point, Som­er­set looked in dan­ger of not get­ting any bat­ting points, but Bess then con­trib­uted 51 to sa sev­enth-wicket stand of 128 in 37 overs with Davies, who hit his

high­est score of the sea­son. The ex­pe­ri­enced wick­et­keeper made 74 and by the close Som­er­set could feel sat­is­fied with a to­tal of 326, know­ing Not­ting­hamshire will have to bat last on a pitch ex­pected to turn as the match pro­gresses.

Left-arm seamer Wood was the pick of the vis­it­ing at­tack, claim­ing four for 85, in­clud­ing the wicket of Azhar Ali with his first de­liv­ery. The opener edged to sec­ond slip and de­parted for 10 with the to­tal on 22.

In mak­ing 44 for the hosts, James Hil­dreth achieved two no­table mile­stones – mov­ing up to fifth place, above Peter Roe­buck, in Som­er­set’s all-time list of run-mak­ers in first­class cricket and later pass­ing 17,000 ca­reer first-class runs.

Notts will bat last on a turn­ing pitch

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.