County Championship Division 1. Somerset v Lancashire. 12th, 13th and 14th September 2021. Taunton.
Somerset. T.A. Lammonby, B.G.F. Green, Azhar Ali, T.B Abell (c), J.C. Hildreth, L.P. Goldsworthy, S.M. Davies (w), R.E. van der Merwe, E.O. Leonard, M. de Lange, J. A. Brooks.
Lancashire. G.P. Balderson, A.L. Davies (w), L.W.P. Wells, J.J. Bohannon, D.J. Vilas (c), R.P. Jones, S.J. Croft, D.J. Lamb, T.E. Bailey, J.M. Blatherwick, M.W. Parkinson.
Overnight. Lancashire 373. Somerset 90 and 226 for 4. Somerset trail by 57 runs with six second innings wickets standing.
Final day 14th September – Cold reality
It was a day which began with resigned foreboding, perhaps tinged with the faint hope that with six wickets still standing the remaining Somerset batsmen might overcome the outstanding deficit of 57 and set Lancashire a target which might at least ask them a question or two. The foreboding came not just from a huge first innings deficit, but also from the knowledge that Somerset had lost their two previous County Championship matches by an innings. Their four innings in those matches had totalled 572 runs for the loss of 40 wickets. The batting statistics were bleak indeed. Individually, Marchant de Lange had bludgeoned more runs across the two matches than any other player in the Somerset team. His 36 against Nottinghamshire had been the highest individual Somerset score. To add to the gloom, Somerset had been dismissed for 90 in their first innings in this match, a deficit of 283, with only Azhar Ali (39) and Lewis Goldsworthy (15) reaching double figures. It was a picture to deaden the beat of even the most optimistic Somerset heart. The faint hope came from Somerset’s second innings 246 for 4 and Tom Lammonby’s coruscating second day century during which he had made the all-conquering Lancashire bowlers of the first innings look less than ordinary. His partnerships with Ben Green and Azhar Ali, which had brought 194 runs before the fall of the second wicket, had finally lifted the spirits, and the cheers, of a large Somerset crowd.Read More »