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Recent Match Report – Somerset vs Hampshire Group 2 2021

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Abell falls for 98 but joins Steve Davies in resounding second-wicket stand to build home side’s lead to 372

Somerset 360 and 323 for 6 (Abell 98, Davies 82, Bartlett 74) lead Hampshire 311 (McManus 91, Northeast 67, Davey 5-78) by 372 runs

Marcus Trescothick left Somerset just before the start of the season to become England’s elite batting coach, but he has been seen around Taunton once or twice during this match and who can blame him? The quality of the young crop of batsmen he has so influenced is so apparent that letting go completely must be impossible to contemplate.

Tom Abell, the once oh-so-youthful captain who is becoming a senior figure now at 27, captured most attention on a third day that offered good batting conditions. Taunton sighed when he fell two runs short of his hundred, but there were also cameos from George Bartlett and Lewis Goldsworthy which reminded onlookers again of the fitful yet obvious talent at Somerset’s disposal.
Steve Davies finds himself opening the batting – a more natural role for him in limited-overs cricket – and he has taken on the responsibility with success, adding 82 to his first-innings 37. He was reprieved, on 19, when Felix Organ could not hold a ball in to his midriff at long leg. “It has been a good game for me moving up the order, but whether I will continue to open I don’t know,” he said.

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