Four days tied up in two

County Championship Division 1. Somerset v Lancashire. 4th and 5th Sept 2018. Taunton. Final Day.

The match ended on the second day. Wickets continued to fall as batsmen continued to struggle particularly against the slow left arm spin of Leach and Maharaj as Somerset tried to hold back a Lancashire resurgance.

Overnight: Lancashire 99 and 7 for 2. Somerset 192. Lancashire need a further 86 runs to avoid an innings defeat with 8 second innings wickets standing.

Well, here I am on what should have been the third day of the match writing a report on a second day that had all the feel of a fourth day. In the immediate aftermath of the match it felt, to me at least, that we had been through four days in getting to the end of the second such had been the manic intensity of the cricket.Read More »

22 wickets and 298 runs in Stygian gloom

County Championship Division 1. Somerset v Lancashire. 4th and 5th Sept 2018. Taunton.   First Day.

22 wickets fell on the first day of this match, 13 to spin and nine to seam. The ball turned before Lunch immediately raising the spectre of a pitch inspection. Lancashire opted to toss, won it and elected to bat. Somerset immediately put them under pressure and sustained the pressure through the day although not without facing significant pressure of their own from the Lancashire bowlers.

My report, in addition to covering the cricket and the watching of it, considered some of the issues surrounding pitches, spin bowling and how modern batsmen play spinners.Read More »

Horatius at the bridge

County Championship Division 1. Lancashire v Somerset. 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th May 2018. Old Trafford. Final Day.

I was late posting this report. I had made the trip back to the West Country via London and had taken in an art study day on the way. ‘The Thames in Art’ for the record. Monet, Whistler et al. My arrival in London was too late for me to write my report there because the final day of the match went its full length. And what a final day it was.
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Lancashire advance. Abell rebels.

County Championship Division 1. Lancashire v Somerset. 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th May 2018. Old Trafford. Third Day.

Somerset’s excellent start to the season had received its first serious check on the second day of this match when Lancashire batted themselves into a position which threatened superiority. For Somerset’s bowlers, who had been dominant in the previous match against Yorkshire, there was some serious work to do. Read More »

The balance shifts

County Championship Division 1. Lancashire v Somerset. 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th May 2018. Old Trafford. Second Day.

Somerset entered the second day of this match with a solid base but with still some way to go if they were to control the match.  

Overnight: Somerset 321 for 5.

By the end of the day I was recalling Marcus Trescothick’s adage from the early days of his captaincy that at Taunton you needed to bat last to win the match. I wondered if that applied to Old Trafford in this match for by the end of the day the prospects of Somerset taking another wicket seemed to be setting with the sun.Read More »

A giant falls

County Championship Division 1. Lancashire v Somerset. 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th May 2018. Old Trafford. First Day.

For the first time since 1993 Somerset had won their first two Championship matches of the season. After years of poor starts to the season it was with an unaccustomed glow that Somerset’s band of travelling supporters headed north to Old Trafford. 

Toss. Somerset. Elected to bat.

The shot Trescothick played to Parkinson looked oddly jerky, the ball bouncing awkwardly to mid on. The jerkiness perhaps explained by the fact that by the time the ball reached mid on Trescothick was on his knees.Read More »