1st August (4 days) 11:00 Bob Willis Trophy The Cooper Associates County Ground
296 & 290-8d
131 & 166
Somerset win by 289 runs
Glamorgan lose at Taunton by 289 runs
Despite a doughty 82 by Chris Cooke, Glamorgan were dismissed by Somerset for 166 on the fourth morning of the final day of their Bob Willis Trophy match at Taunton with the Welsh county losing to the West Country side by 289 runs. 
Day 1

(writes Andrew Hignell)

Evening Update

Glamorgan dismissed Somerset, last year’s runners up in Division One of the County Championship, for 296 on an action-packed opening day at Taunton in the Bob Willis Trophy which saw the home team’s last two wickets add 147 after having previously been 149/8. In reply, the Welsh county were 8/0 at the close.

Somerset resumed after tea on 164/8 as Michael Hogan continued the bowling duties with Marchant de Lange looking to quickly polish off the West Country innings. Josh Davey had other ideas as he imperiously on-drove Hogan for four before glancing him to the ropes at fine-leg. The number ten then steered de Lange through the slip cordon for four but with the total on 189/9 the fast bowler gained revenge as Davey miscued a drive and spooned a ball to Smith at mid-on.

Jack Brooks continued the tail-end resistance by swatting Hogan for four to wide third man before off-driving Douthwaite for four as Somerset garnered a first batting point. He celebrated by nonchalantly lofting the young all-rounder for a straight six before Steven Davies completed his fifty from 76 balls. Brooks added a trio of rustic boundaries by twice flaying Smith over extra-cover before harpooning him to wide long-on. Davies also struck Douthwaite off the back foot through the covers for four to bring up the fifty stand inside six overs before off-driving Smith for four, followed by a nurdle to third man.

Somerset secured a second batting point as the last wicket pair scurried a single to fine-leg before Brooks pulled Wagg for four. The number eleven also had a life as he scythed the left-armer to deep mid-wicket where Billy Root just failed to clung onto the skier. Brookes then off-drove Bull for four to post a 38-ball fifty – his first for Somerset – before glancing Wagg for four to fine-leg. A series of singles then followed with Kieran Bull also returning to the attack.

Davies continued to work the ball around before Brooks drove the spinner to long-off to bring up the century stand – the highest in first-class cricket by Somerset against Glamorgan beating the 98 added by George Hunt and Wally Luckes at Cardiff Arms Park in 1927. He celebrated by swiping Bull for six over square-leg to put his side on the verge of a third batting point but Wagg ended the innings on 296 as Brooks spooned a ball back to the bowler. Davies was unbeaten on 81 with Brooks making 72 as Glamorgan had seven overs to face with Nick Selman and Charlie Hemphrey opening the innings against the new ball attack of Craig Overton and Josh Davey and seeing the Welsh county to 8/0 at the close with Selman nearly being caught at third slip in the closing over.

Teatime Report

Some probing seam bowling has seen Glamorgan reduce Somerset to 164/8 at tea with the side who were runners-up in Division One last summer in the County Championship losing 4 wickets for 10 runs in 23 balls at Taunton in their opening contest in the Bob Willis Trophy.

After a parsimonious opening salvo this morning, Michael Hogan returned to the fray in tandem with Marchant de Lange as Tom Lammonby and George Bartlett looked to consolidate on their position of 92/3 at the interval. But Hogan’s accuracy was rewarded as he made an early breakthrough removing Lammonby l.b.w. for 41 during the fifth over of the session.

Steven Davies was the new batsman as in In the next over Bartlett was struck on the helmet as he tried to pull a bouncer from de Lange and there was an interval as the youngster received treatment plus a head injury assessment before resuming his innings. Davies began with a sumptuous cover drive for four against Hogan as Somerset reached the hundred mark in the 39th over with Bartlett confirming his recovery by flicking de Lange to square-leg for four.

Graham Wagg and Ruaidhri Smith then returned in tandem with the pair nearly combining to remove Davies as he flicked Smith just short of a diving Wagg at square-leg. Davies celebrated his good fortune by twice driving Wagg through wide mid-off for four, in addition to cover-driving Smith to the boundary boards. On 18 he had a second life as Charlie Hemphrey spilled another chance at second slip as the ball sped away for another four.

Bartlett also greeted the return of Dan Douthwaite into the attack by square-cutting him for four but next over he swatted a ball from Smith straight to Kiran Carlson at backward point. 139/5 then became 142/6 as Craig Overton departed leg before to Douthwaite before next over Roelof van der Merwe followed in similar fashion to Smith as the West Country side subsided to 143/7. The clatter of wickets continued as six runs later Jamie Overton edged Smith to second slip where Hemphrey atoned for his earlier lapses by taking a smart low catch.

Josh Davey opened his account with a thick edge for four against Douthwaite before another slip catch was dropped as Somerset limped to 164/8 at tea.

Lunchtime Report

Somerset are 92/3 at lunch after opting to bat first against Glamorgan at Taunton in their opening contest in the Bob Willis Trophy.

The Welsh county omitted Tom Cullen and Callum Taylor from their squad of 13 with Michael Hogan sharing the new ball alongside Ruaidhri Smith as Glamorgan began their first Championship match for thirteen years at Taunton. Ed Byrom and debutant Tom Lammonby opened the batting for the West Country side with the former cover-driving Smith in his second over for the season’s first boundary.

After four maidens in his first five overs, Hogan was driven to long-off by Lammonby as he posted his maiden boundary whilst Marchant de Lange replaced Smith at the River End and was also cover-driven for three by the young Devonian. Graham Wagg also replaced Hogan at the Somerset Pavilion End and was immediately driven for a pair of fours through the covers by Byrom. But the all-rounder made the breakthrough as the opener chopped the last ball of the over onto his stumps.

Next over, 36/1 nearly became 36/2 but Charlie Hemphrey at second slip could not hold onto the edge which de Lange induced from Lammonby’s bat. Tom Abell, the home captain, began will a three through extra cover against Wagg but next over he had his stumps spread-eagled by de Lange as James Hildreth made his way to the middle. The veteran began with another three through the covers against Wagg before drilling Dan Douthwaite through extra cover for four.

Kieran Bull entered the attack after 24 overs and was cover-driven for four by the left-handed Lammonby before next over Hildreth slashed a short ball from Douthwaite straight into the hands of Kiran Carlson at point with Glamorgan securing their first bonus point with Somerset on 75/3. With George Bartlett as his new partner, Lammonby pulled Douthwaite for four before Bartlett cover drove a no ball from the young all-rounder to the ropes.


Day 2

(writes Andrew Hignell)

Close of Play Report

Shortly after the fall of Glamorgan’s last wicket, rain started to fall prompting an early tea plus the loss of thirteen overs, before Somerset began their second innings at 4.25pm with the floodlights switched on given the overcast conditions. With Ruaidhri Smith hors de combat, it was Graham Wagg who shared the new ball with Michael Hogan as Ed Byrom and Tom Lammonby – who each were pupils at King’s College, Taunton - opened the batting, with Callum Taylor acting as the substitute fielder.

Byrom struck the first boundary in the fifth over as he square-drove Hogan off the back foot before elegantly cover-driving him in the seventh. He then punched Wagg through extra-cover and backward point before the left-armer had Lammonby caught down the leg-side with Chris Cooke making a fine diving catch to his right. 26/1 saw Tom Abell make his way to the middle as his side continued to build on their healthy lead.

Dan Douthwaite and Marchant de Lange then entered the attack with Somerset’s lead having reached the 200-mark as Byrom guided the latter through the gully for four. But in his next over, de Lange found the edge of Byrom’s bat with Cooke completing the catch as Somerset lost their second wicket on 38. James Hildreth became Abell’s new partner as a bank of heavy cloud built up over the ground. It did not inconvenience Abell as he clipped Douthwaite to the boards at mid-wicket, whilst Hildreth steered de Lange through point for four.

Abell added further boundaries to his tally as he twice off-drove Douthwaite with Hildreth also cover-driving de Lange before Kieran Bull entered the attack at the River Tone End after 24 overs. Abell also pulled a long-hop from Douthwaite for four whilst Hildreth cover-drove Bull to the ropes. Hogan then returned for a second salvo at the Somerset Pavilion End as Somerset’s lead had reached the 260-mark before Abell swatted Bull for four through point followed by a thick outside edge through the slips against Hogan with the ball speeding away to the ropes.

Hildreth then pulled Hogan for four before driving him imperiously through mid-off for another boundary as Somerset ended the day on 131/2 and a handsome lead of 296 runs.

Afternoon Update

Glamorgan resumed on 71/6 after lunch with Craig Overton returning to the attack at the River Tone End and being flayed to the point boundary by Graham Wagg before Kieran Bull edged hm to third man for four. Jamie Overton operated at the Somerset Pavilion End and was flicked to the ropes at fine-leg by Bull, but with the total on 91 Wagg edged Craig Overton to first slip where James Hildreth completed the regulation catch.

Marchant de Lange off-drove his first delivery over mid-off for four before on-driving him to the boards in front of the Andy Caddick Pavilion to see Glamorgan into three figures. But two balls later the South African scooped a drive into the hands of Josh Davey at mid-on. His departure saw the arrival of Ruaidhri Smith who, as a result of a hamstring strain, was accompanied by Kiran Carlson who was acting as his runner.

Jack Brooks then returned at the Somerset Pavilion End and with the total on 107 removed the obdurate Bull who departed l.b.w. for 23. With last man Michael Hogan, Smith used the long handle as he struck Davey for four to mid-wicket before scything him over the slips for another boundary followed by a fierce drive through mid-off and a huge six over square-leg, plus an on-drive for four in an over which cost 22 runs. However, his merry spree ended with the total on 131 as Jamie Overton returned and immediately removed him as Smith miscued a pull and was caught by wicket-keeper Steven Davies with Somerset securing a first innings lead of 165 runs. However, a couple of heavy downbursts delayed the start of the Somerset second innings with an early tea being taken.

Morning update

1st August 2020 will be remembered by sports historians as the day when the first-ever FA Cup Final was played behind closed doors. For a while yesterday afternoon, it looked as if it would also become a red letter day for Somerset’s Jack Brooks as he shared in a century stand for the last wicket with Steven Davies and, for a while, looked like becoming a member of the very exclusive club of number eleven batsmen to score a century in first-class cricket. But this feat eluded Brooks as, on 72, he spooned a catch back to a very grateful Graham Wagg but his efforts had helped to transform a game which had earlier seen Somerset slump to 189/9 before ending on 296.

Resuming on 8/0, under blue skies at Taunton, Charlie Hemphrey drove Josh Davey for 4 and 3 in the day’s opening over, but to Craig Overton’s second delivery of the morning he was caught head-high in the gully by Tom Lammonby. 15/1 saw Kiran Carlson join Selman and he began by scampering some brisk singles, whilst Nick Selman laconically on-drove Overton for three. But in seventh over, and the total on 23, Selman shouldered arms to Davey and departed leg before.

Chris Cooke duly made his way to the middle to join Carlson who next over edged a delivery from Overton over Tom Abell’s head at backward point. But two overs later Overton again found the edge of Carlson’s bat with Roelof van der Merwe at third slip completing a low catch. Three balls later, the Overton twins removed Chris Cooke who had earlier survived a very sharp caught and bowled chance as he got a leading edge to a ball from Davey but this time an edge from Craig flew to his brother Jamie at second slip.

34/4 then became 34/5 as Billy Root sparred at a ball outside off stump from Davey and gave Jamie Overton his second catch in the slips. Four runs later, Craig Overton snaffled his fourth wicket as Dan Douthwaite edge to van der Merwe at third slip with Kieran Bull joining Graham Wagg who drilled a wide delivery from Brooks through mid-off for four. Bull also struck a boundary but this was very fortuitous as he inside-edge a delivery from Overton as he attempted to withdraw his bat.

Wagg brought up the fifty by on-driving Brooks for four before swatting the seamer for a second boundary and eclipsing Glamorgan’s lowest score in first-class cricket against Somerset which was 52 at Neath in 1963. Jamie Overton then replaced his brother at the River Tone End but shortly afterwards a heavy shower descended over the ground and the players left the field with Glamorgan on 56/6 after 25.4 overs. Twenty minutes play were lost but Wagg and Bull held firm in the short session before lunch was taken at 1.00pm


Day 3

(writes Andrew Hignell)

Close of Play Report

Glamorgan resumed on 29/3 after tea with Billy Root and Chris Cooke striking early boundaries with the former square-cutting Jamie Overton in the opening over of the session before off-driving Jack Brooks in the second. Cooke also pulled Jack Brooks for four before driving him through point for a second four as the fifty came up in the 20th over. Root also steered Jamie Overton through point for four before Cooke biffed the same bowler through mid-off for four followed by a pull for four just over the fielder’s head at fine-leg.

Craig Overton then returned and struck Root a painful blow on his gloves with a sharply rising delivery. He showed there was no lasting effect as, when Josh Davey also returned to the fray, he steered him through point for four. Cooke also drove Overton for four through mid-off before doing the same against Davey to bring up their 50 stand.

Root also square-drove Overton for four before Roelof van der Merwe entered the fray at the Somerset Pavilion End and had an l.b.w. appeal turned down as Root attempted a reverse sweep against the left-arm twirler. Cooke then greeted the return of Brooks by punching him off the back foot through extra-cover, but Root departed next over as, with the total on 95, he was bowled by van der Merwe attempting another reverse-sweep.

Having been joined by Dan Douthwaite, Cooke struck another four as he steered Brooks through point before completing a 76-ball fifty. Jamie Overton also returned to the attack for a final salvo before the close of play and saw Douthwaite bottom-edge a pull which sped away to the fine-leg ropes. But the young all-rounder departed in the final over of the day as he was adjudged l.b.w. to Overton with Glamorgan on 126/5 and Cooke unbeaten on 67.

Afternoon Update

Somerset began the post-lunch session on 213/3 with a lead of 378 runs and captain Tom Abell ten runs short of a century. Dan Douthwaite and Kieran Bull resumed the bowling duties with the Somerset batsmen continuing to accumulate in one’s and two’s with Ben Green nearly being caught spectacularly at mid-wicket by Graham Wagg as the youngster drove a ball from Bull. He celebrated his good fortune by pulling successive deliveries from Douthwaite for four en route to a maiden half-century .

Abell then reverse-swept Bull for four before pulling the next delivery for his 12th boundary to complete the first century in first-class cricket for Somerset against Glamorgan since Justin Langer made 113 at Sophia Gardens in 2007. Abell then threw caution to the wind by striking successive balls from Bull for six over long-on, followed by another four to square-leg as the spinner went around the wicket. But he then perished to the last ball of an eventful over as he looked to repeat his earlier drives towards long-on and holed out to Callum Taylor, the substitute fielder for Ruaidhri Smith.

Steven Davies arrived in the middle with Somerset leading by 422 runs and continued the fusillade of blows by sweeping and late-cutting Bull for a pair of fours until being bowled by the spinner as he attempted another lusty blow. Green then on-drove Douthwaite for four before being caught by Wagg at mid-off.

The Overton twins then joined forces with the bat, but it was only a brief pairing as Jamie swatted Douthwaite high to mid-wicket where Charlie Hemphrey pouched the skier. Craig restored family honour by pulling Bull for four before Roelof van der Merwe holed out at long-off trying another expansive blow against Bull, whereupon Somerset declared on 290/8 leaving Glamorgan a target of 456 to win in a minimum of 139 overs.

Having taken the catch to end the Somerset innings, Nick Selman then departed to the third ball of the innings as he was trapped l.b.w. shouldering arms to Craig Overton. 0/1 saw Kiran Carlson join Hemphrey who edged Josh Davey just short of first slip as well as surviving an appeal for l.b.w. Carlson though was less fortunate as after a couple of two’s he edged Overton C to Overton J at second slip.

With the scoreboard showing 10/2 Billy Root made his way to the middle before Hemphrey struck the first boundary, albeit off the outside edge and through the slips before off-driving Jack Brooks for three. Root also square-cut Brooks for four before Hemphrey did the same to Jamie Overton’s first delivery. However, the bowler made amends next over as Hemphrey, with the total on 29/3 miscued a pull and lobbed the ball back to the bowler.

Lunchtime update

Somerset had eased to 131/2 by the close of play last night on a day reduced by 13 overs because of rain and during which they garnered a lead of 296 after earlier dismissing Glamorgan in the space of 46.1 overs. The two not out batsmen, Tom Abell and James Hildreth, were therefore looking to further extend their already decent advantage when play resumed this morning – again under blue skies - with Glamorgan eager to make early inroads and to stifle Somerset’s progress.

Michael Hogan duly gave Glamorgan the perfect start as Hildreth feathered a catch into Chris Cooke’s gloves to the first ball of the morning before Ben Green made his way to the middle as the concussion substitute for George Bartlett who had been struck on the helmet whilst batting on Saturday by Marchant de Lange. The Springbok also shared the bowling duties with Hogan and was punched off the back foot through extra cover for four by Abell as the Somerset captain struck his seventh boundary to complete his fifty from 88 balls.

Green then struck his first four as he on-drove Hogan before playing and missing several times against de Lange as the Glamorgan bowler found similar pace and bounce outside off stump at the River Tone End to that enjoyed yesterday by Craig Overton. Graham Wagg then replaced Hogan at the Somerset Pavilion End and had a couple of confident appeals for l.b.w. against Abell on 55 and 66 turned down, whilst Kieran Bull returned at the River End and was flicked to the fine-leg boundary for four by Abell, who a couple of overs later also square-cut the off-spinner.

Wagg also found the edge of Abell’s bat only to see the ball drop short of the slip cordon, much to the angst of the left-armer, whose mood was not improved either when a few overs later Green inside-edged a delivery which bounced over the stumps. This followed a show of aggression by Green who advanced down the wicket to Bull and lofted him to long-on for four as the Somerset lead went past the 350-mark. The pair then worked the ball around for one’s and two’s in the period before lunch with Abell also pulling Bull for four.


Day 4

(writes Andrew Hignell)

Close of Play Report

The two captains took centrestage yesterday at Taunton as Messrs Abell and Cooke took the batting honours. Firstly, Captain Tom posted a century for Somerset as his side set Glamorgan the task of making 456 to win in 139 overs, before Captain Chris led the Welsh county’s response which, after three balls of the final over, stood at 126-4. However, one ball later a fearsome in-swinger from Jamie Overton trapped Dan Douthwaite l.b.w leaving the West Country side needing just five further wickets today to wrap up victory.

It duly took them 75 minutes as the two Overton’s – Jamie and Craig - resumed the bowling duties with Cooke straight-driving Overton J for another boundary, but the Surrey-bound pace bowler removed Graham Wagg in the day’s fourth over as he edged a lifting delivery into Steven Davies’ gloves. 140/6 saw Kieran Bull join his captain and he opened his account with a glance to fine-leg for four but with the total on 153, Cooke also edged Overton J to James Hildreth at first slip and departed for an exemplary 82.

Bull nearly departed next ball as an edge against Overton C just evaded the outstretched hands of the gully fielder. Ruaidhri Smith made his way to the middle, once again with Kiran Carlson as his runner, and despite his hamstring strain defended stoutly before off-driving Overton C for three, besides giving a crumb of comfort for Glamorgan supporters with his fierce drive reducing the nominal target below the 300-mark and below the Club’s heaviest defeat by the margin of runs against the West Country side having lost by 299 runs on their previous visit to Taunton in 2007.

Josh Davey then returned to the attack at the Somerset Pavilion End and removed Smith who got a leading edge to a delivery and was caught at mid-on by Roelof van der Merwe. 158/8 became 158/9 as Jamie Overton claimed his fifth wicket by uprooting Bull’s off stump before Marchant de Lange defiantly plonked Davey over long-off for six. Jack Brooks also replaced Overton and with his second ball he ended the contest as Michael Hogan edged to second slip as Glamorgan were dismissed for 166.