Somerset 2nd XI v Glamorgan 2nd XI at Taunton Vale

6 Apr 2021 | Cricket

Glamorgan 2nd XI beat Somerset 2nd XI by three wickets at Taunton Vale in the opening Second Eleven Championship match of the 2021 season.

After Glamorgan 2nd XI had won the toss and opted to bowl, they restricted Somerset 2nd XI to 278-9 from 91 overs on the opening day. Roman Walker claimed three wickets, with Joe Cooke taking two, whilst there was a wicket apiece for Lukas Carey, Andrew Salter, Prem Sisodiya and Ben Morris, the young academy player from Abergavenny CC.

Somerset were eventually dismissed for 296 on the second day before Glamorgan's batsmen responded by reaching 297-4 by the close of play. Andrew salter took the honours for the Welsh county making 95 from 137 balls with 10 fours and 5 sixes. He also shared a fourth wicket stand of 126 with Tom Cullen who himself was unbeaten on 81 at the end of the day, having also shared a decent fifth wicket stand with young wicket-keeper batsman Horton as the Welsh county ended the day with a one-run lead and six wickets in hand over the West Country side.

With Tom Cullen retiring overnight and travelling to Yorkshire for the 1st XI contest, some lusty blows on the third morning by Lukas Carey - who struck 76 from 87 balls - helped Glamorgan reach 429 and a lead of 133 runs over the hosts. Batting for a second time, Somerset wiped off the arrears before reaching 212-4 at the close of play, but they struggled on the final morning as they were dismissed for 291 from 93.1 overs with Andrew Gorvin, on his 2nd XI debut, taking 6/50.

Glamorgan required 159 to win in the final two sessions but saw the clatter of early wickets, slipping to 4-3 in the sixth over before Salter and Morgan Bevans steadied the ship. After both departed, Carey put bat to ball with good effect, clubbing45 off 46 balls with 8 fours. Walker then joined Gorvin with 33 needed and saw Glamorgan to their target with no further alarms.