1st December 2020

“A very very disappointing performance” says Somerset boss Matt Maynard

Somerset suffered their third successive championship defeat of 2015 when they were beaten by Worcestershire by an innings and 64 runs with more than four sessions to spare.

DOC, Matt Maynard said;

“Reflecting on the match, this was quite clearly a very very disappointing performance. There are no excuses and we need to improve dramatically in order to the get the season back on track.

Our deficiencies were quite clear from my perspective and we shall be addressing those areas immediately.

We know how much our performance matters to our Members and supporters – I can assure all of you that nobody is more disappointed than us and we will do our utmost to turn things round for the next LVCC match against Notts.”

Starting the day needing 152 runs to make their hosts bat for a second time, Somerset were tumbled out for 90 in 32 overs at the start of the post lunch session after producing their poorest batting display of the season.

Somerset lost Trescothick to the second ball of the day, bowled by Charlie Morris from the Diglis End without a run on the board.

Morris struck again when he had Myburgh caught by ‘keeper Ben Cox who dived to his right to take the chance, to see Somerset 13 for two.

In his next over Morris bowled Tom Cooper on seven with a ball that moved late and when Ben Leach bowled Jim Allenby, looking to drive for one, Somerset were 17 for four and when Alex Barrow was caught by Alex Gidman off Leach the Somerset score was 19 for five.

Pete Trego joined James Hildreth and started to play his shots from the off. The all rounder hit two boundaries before he skied Morris to deep mid wicket where Sachithra Senanyake took a difficult catch which saw Somerset 36 for six.

Hildreth took three off Jack Shantry to see up the Somerset 50 in the 20th over and along with new batsman Lewis Gregory the seventh wicket pair looked to be heading for lunchtime.

However Gregory pushed forward to the first ball of the final over before the break bowled by Shantry and was caught by Cox for 14 as Somerset went to lunch 74 for seven off 27.1 overs,.

Hildreth added four to his score after the break but on 35 he was LBW to Shantry which made Somerset 87 for seven.

Shantry struck with the first ball of his next over when he claimed Overton leg before pushing forward and the same bowler wrapped things up when had Thomas caught at mid on by Leach.

Somerset were all out for 90 in 32 overs, Worcestershire winning by an innings and 62 runs.

Shantry ended with four for 15 whilst Morris took four for 38 which gave him match figures of nine for 109, a career best.

Worcestershire take 23 points from this game to Somerset’s five.