Vitality Blast T20 ~ Somerset v Glamorgan ~ 1st September2020 ~ Taunton ~ An Abell classic for the ages

All Vitality Blast T20 matches are being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restrictions in place. This report was therefore written through watching the match on Somerset CCC’s newly enhanced live stream without access to which this report would not have been possible. The stream was watched throughout with the commentary muted and with notes being taken to enable the author to replicate as far as possible his experience of watching matches live; and to enable him to form his own view of the play.

Vitality Blast T20. Central Group. Somerset v Glamorgan. 1st September 2020. Taunton.

Somerset. G.A. Bartlett, S.M.Davies (w), J.C. Hildreth, T.B. Abell (c), E.J. Byrom, B.G.F. Green, C. Overton, R.E. van der Merwe, O.R.T Sale, J.H. Davey, M.T.C. Waller.

Glamorgan. W.T. Root, D.A. Douthwaite, A. Balbirnie, C.B. Cooke (c) (w), K.S. Carlson, C.Z. Taylor, G.G. Wagg, A.G. Salter, M. de Lange, T. van der Gugten, P. Sisodiya.

Toss. Somerset. Elected to field.

An Abell classic for the ages

As the sky darkened and the floodlights lit up the Cooper Associates County Ground for that latter day form of cricket, T20, Tom Abell played an innings of such classical splendour and dominance it would have graced any form of cricket in any age, including the so-called golden age of over a century ago. In these constrained times it may only have been visible through the medium of twenty-first century technology but those of us privileged to have seen it might have seen nothing better had we been lining the ring of the County Ground as Lionel Palairet strutted his stuff at the end of the nineteenth century. It secured Somerset a crucial victory in this tournament, but the innings will lodge in the mind long after the victory has been forgotten. Abell’s innings was something truly special. Read More »

Wonderful ~ Bob Willis Trophy ~ Somerset v Glamorgan ~ Final day

All Willis Trophy matches are being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restrictions in place. This report was therefore written following a day watching Somerset CCC’s live stream of the match. The stream was watched with the commentary muted and with notes being taken to enable the author to replicate as far as possible his experience of watching matches live. He would like to pay tribute to the excellence of the Somerset CCC’s multi-camera live stream without which the writing of this report would not have been possible.

Bob Willis Trophy. Central Group. Somerset v Glamorgan. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th August 2020. Taunton.

Somerset. E.J. Byrom, T.A. Lammonby, T.B. Abell (c), J.C. Hildreth, G.A. Bartlett/B.G.F. Green*, S.M. Davies (w), C. Overton, R.E. van der Merwe, J.Overton, J.H. Davey, J.A. Brooks.

Glamorgan. N. J. Selman, C.R. Hemphrey, W.T. Root, C.B. Cooke (c) (w), D.A. Douthwaite, G.G. Wagg, K.A. Bull, K.S. Carlson, M. de Lange, M.G. Hogan, R.A.J. Smith,

Overnight. Somerset 296 and 290 for 8 dec. Glamorgan 131 and 126 for 5. Glamorgan need 330 more runs to win with five wickets standing.

Final day. 4th August – Wonderful

Somerset finished this match off with a near-clinical performance in just over an hour. To the fore was Jamie Overton in a longer spell than he might normally bowl. He will leave Somerset at the end of this season, but no-one watching the live stream could question his commitment to Somerset’s cause in this match. He has celebrated as one with the team on the field, and when the ball was in his hands, bowled with focus, determination, and no little skill. The ball with which he removed Kieran Bull was one to place in the display cabinet of the memory bank. It was essentially the same ball with which he removed Nick Selman, lbw, with the third ball of the innings on the previous evening. On this occasion no pad intervened, and the off stump was spectacularly uprooted. Unforgettable. And Jamie Overton had taken five wickets in the innings.Read More »

Cricket of the old sort ~ Willis Trophy 2020 ~ Somerset v Glamorgan – Third day

All Willis Trophy matches are being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restrictions in place. This report was therefore written following a day watching Somerset CCC’s live stream of the match. The stream was watched with the commentary muted and with notes being taken to enable the author to replicate as far as possible his experience of watching matches live. He would like to pay tribute to the excellence of the Somerset CCC multi-camera live stream without which the writing of this report would not have been possible.

Bob Willis Trophy. Central Group. Somerset v Glamorgan. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th August 2020. Taunton.

Somerset. E.J. Byrom, T.A. Lammonby, T.B. Abell (c), J.C. Hildreth, G.A. Bartlett/B.G.F. Green*, S.M. Davies (w), C. Overton, R.E. van der Merwe, J.Overton, J.H. Davey, J.A. Brooks.

Glamorgan. N. J. Selman, C.R. Hemphrey, W.T. Root, C.B. Cooke (c) (w), D.A. Douthwaite, G.G. Wagg, K.A. Bull, K.S. Carlson, M. de Lange, M.G. Hogan, R.A.J. Smith,

Overnight. Somerset 296 and 131 for 2. Glamorgan 131. Somerset lead by 296 runs with eight second innings wickets standing.

Third day. 3rd August – Cricket of the old sort

Well, it didn’t take long. Three days into the season and I was late for the start. Only by about five minutes but it was enough for me to miss a wicket. I suspect I wasn’t the only one. James Hildreth had been caught behind off the first ball of the day from the bowling of Michael Hogan for 45. And by such occurrences is the ageless uncertainty of cricket perpetually renewed, for at the end of the second day I had hoped for another glorious hour of the Abell-Hildreth partnership that had taken Somerset’s advantage in this match beyond, the fervent Somerset hope, Glamorgan’s reach.Read More »

A stunning Somerset performance ~ Willis Trophy ~ Somerset v Glamorgam – Second day

All Willis Trophy matches are being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restrictions in place. This report was therefore written following a day watching Somerset CCC’s live stream of the match. The stream was watched with the commentary muted and with notes being taken to enable the author to replicate as far as possible his experience of watching matches live. He would like to pay tribute to the excellence of the Somerset CCC multi-camera live stream without which the writing of this report would not have been possible.

Bob Willis Trophy. Central Group. Somerset v Glamorgan. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th August 2020. Taunton.

Somerset. E.J. Byrom, T.A. Lammonby, T.B. Abell (c), J.C. Hildreth, G.A. Bartlett, S.M. Davies (w), C. Overton, R.E. van der Merwe, J.Overton, J.H. Davey, J.A. Brooks.

Glamorgan. N. J. Selman, C.R. Hemphrey, W.T. Root, C.B. Cooke (c) (w), D.A. Douthwaite, G.G. Wagg, K.A. Bull, K.S. Carlson, M. de Lange, M.G. Hogan, R.A.J. Smith,

Overnight. Somerset 296. Glamorgan 8 for 0. Glamorgan trail by 288 runs with ten first innings wickets standing.

Second day. 2nd August – A stunning Somerset performance

At tea on the first day Somerset were 164 for 8, and the Glamorgan bowlers had dominated proceedings with some persistent, often late, movement. By the close of the second day Somerset were 296 runs ahead with eight second innings wickets and two days in hand. In the process Tom Abell and James Hildreth had added 93 for Somerset’s third wicket at five an over against a ball that continued to move. The transformation in the match had begun on the first evening with those 147 Somerset runs scored for those final two wickets. But it had been driven home by a performance on the second morning from the Somerset bowlers, Craig Overton in particular, that put the Glamorgan performance of the first day in the shade.Read More »

Strange times ~ Willis Trophy ~ Somerset v Glamorgan ~ First day

All Willis Trophy matches are being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restictions in place. This report was therefore written following a day watching Somerset CCC’s live stream of the match. The stream was watched with the commentary muted and with notes being taken to enable the author to replicate as far as possible his experience of watching matches live. He would like to pay tribute to the excellence of the Somerset CCC multi-camera live stream without which the writing of this report would not have been possible.

Bob Willis Trophy. Central Group. Somerset v Glamorgan. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th August 2020. Taunton.

Somerset. E.J. Byrom, T.A. Lammonby, T.B. Abell (c), J.C. Hildreth, G.A. Bartlett, S.M. Davies (w), C. Overton, R.E. van der Merwe, J.Overton, J.H. Davey, J.A. Brooks.

Glamorgan. N. J. Selman, C.R. Hemphrey, W.T. Root, C.B. Cooke (c) (w), D.A. Douthwaite, G.G. Wagg, K.A. Bull, K.S. Carlson, M. de Lange, M.G. Hogan, R.A.J. Smith,

Toss. Somerset. Elected to bat.

First day. 1st August – Strange times

When Tom Lammonby turned Ruaidhri Smith into the on side for a single in the second over of the day it was Somerset’s first run of the 2020 season. The calendar recorded the date as 1st August. We live in unprecedented times and cricket is trying to adapt. A drinks break after six overs would have been cause for raised spectator eyebrows in previous times. A sanitiser break every six overs or so does not come as a surprise in these times. Neither do those who bring the sanitizer onto the field wearing masks. Coronavirus normality in cricket, at least for the 2020 season.Read More »

Quite an evening

T20. Glamorgan v Somerset. 18th July 2019. Sophia Gardens.

Glamorgan. J.L. Lawlor, D.L. Lloyd, C.A. Ingram (c). C.B. Cooke (w), W.T. Root, A.O. Morgan, A. G. Salter, D.A. Douthwaite, G.G. Wagg, M. de Lange, M.G. Hogan.

Somerset. Babar Azam, T. Banton (w), P.D. Trego, T.B. Abell, L. Gregory (c), R.E. van der Merwe, C. Overton, J. Overton, M.T.C. Waller, J.E. Taylor.

Toss. Somerset. Elected to field.

Quite an evening

What on earth is a ‘cross origin’ policy? I have done an internet search but I made as much sense of the technical description which resulted as I did of simultaneous equations when I was at school. Which is none. Whatever a ‘cross origin’ policy is it claimed to be denying me access to the Glamorgan live stream for this match. Just as the railway timetable made it too risky for me to go to the match and be certain of getting home. So, the commentary it was. The commentary and an assault on an overgrown dog rose made my evening.Read More »

Back to the edge of my seat

 

 

Royal London One-Day Cup. Glamorgan v Somerset. 21st April 2019. Cardiff.

Glamorgan. C.R. Hemphrey, C.A.J.Meschede, M.Labuschagne, D.L. Lloyd, W.T. Root, K.S. Carlson, C.B. Cooke (c) (w), G.G. Wagg, M. de Lange, L.J. Carey, T.van der Gugten.

Somerset. Azhar Ali, T. Banton (w), P.D. Trego, J.C. Hildreth, T.B. Abell, L. Gregory, R.E. van der Merwe, C. Overton, D.M. Bess, T.D. Groenewald, J.H. Davey.

Toss. Somerset. Elected to bat.

Back to the edge of my seat

This was a Somerset win of the old kind. Not to be bestowed on supporters without an extended, stomach-wrenching occupation of the narrowest of narrow edges of the seat. Not to mention an assault on the blood pressure which ought to be illegal in this day and age. “Self-inflicted,” the extent of the sympathy I received when I finally arrived home and slumped in a chair.Read More »

Somerset stun Tolstoy

RLODC. Glamorgan v Somerset. 5th May 2017. Cardiff. 

This match took place in the 2017 Royal London One-Day Cup. The references to matches against Surrey and Kent are to matches which took place earlier in the 2017 competition. The references to the Taunton scoreboards are to their propensity to break down at the time. A shortcoming now rectified by the installation of new scoreboards. 

And for those who were not there …

“If you look for perfection you will never be content,” wrote Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina. It is a dictum many cricket followers would do well to remember. No bowler can bowl as well as the critic at the back of the stand. No batsman bat as well as the one in the bar. Then on the field there is always the long hop or the full toss to irritate. The one left on to the stumps or the charged down the wicket to be stumped to exasperate. We watch a game perfect in every respect in our minds yet riddled with imperfections in the playing. Not though if you were a Somerset supporter at Glamorgan’s Sophia Gardens of old on Friday. Somerset’s performance was all perfection or as near to it as any cricket is ever likely to be.Read More »

Somerset T20 2017 ~ Myburgh spectacular

This match, which contained a spectacular innings from Johannes Myburgh, came towards the end of Somerset’s 2017 T20 campaign. Somerset needed a win to sustain their challenge for a place in the quarter-finals. The match was decided off the last ball.

NatWest T20 Blast. Taunton. 13th August 2017. Somerset v Glamorgan.

Farmer White (IP Logged) 14 August 2017 8.46 p.m.

“As I walked out of the ground it seemed Somerset had dug a hole for themselves, helped considerably by the Glamorgan openers, dug themselves out of it through sheer hard work, gained a secure footing at the top and then fallen straight back in again for no apparent reason. Usually when I leave a one-day game at Taunton the crowd is either bubbling after a victory or contemplative after a defeat. Bemused would be a better description after this defeat. It had been as if a runner coming from the back in a race found themselves breathing freely and moving smoothly ahead of the opposition only to find their legs turning to sponge as the line approached.   Read More »

Somerset in the Royal London One Day Cup 2017 – Part 1

This post contains the ‘Farmer White’ match reports on three of the first four 2017 Royal London One Day Cup group-stage matches. There is also a preview of one of the matches and some additional information to set the context of matches. All reports were written at the time. The time and date of the original posting on grockles.com is contained at the head of each report.

WHITE BALL ADVENTURE (1)

~   ROYAL LONDON ONE-DAY CUP 2017   ~ 

“Fifty over cricket is not for the fainthearted.” 

In 2017 the Royal London One-Day Cup (RLODC) group stages were played in a three-week block beginning at the end of April. During the course of the competition there was much discussion among supporters about the length which Somerset’s bowlers bowled, particularly about short-pitched bowling, and some reflection of that can be seen in my posts.Read More »