29th November 2020

Somerset’s hopes still very much alive ending third day 127 runs short of victory

Somerset hopes of making it a double over Nottinghamshire are still very much alive as they ended the third day of their match at the County Ground still needing 127 runs to win with five second innings wickets remaining.

The visitor’s lost their remaining six wickets this morning for the addition of 101 runs in 20.2 overs setting the hosts 401 for victory.

Thanks to half centuries from Tom Abell, Marcus Trescothick and Johann Myburgh, Somerset closed on 274 for five.

Afterwards Matt Maynard the Somerset Director of Cricket said:

”It was an intriguing day’s cricket on a great wicket. Our seamer’s bowled in good areas and we got the rewards. I thought we played some excellent cricket today and the whole bowling attack did themselves proud.

Talking about Somerset’s batting performance Matt said:

“At the end of the day we are in the position that if we run a couple of partnerships together it is going to be a very tight finish tomorrow.

“We know that the new ball is just around the corner but if Trego and Allenby can develop their partnership and see it off with 10 or 15 runs the game will be very exciting.

“We have done well to get ourselves into the position we are after being 200 runs adrift after the first innings to then bowl and field as we did is encouraging. We have had some good partnerships that are key and we need to build a couple more tomorrow.”

Regarding Abell’s second score over 70 in the match he said:

“Tom has got a fantastic temperament and he has got natural ability but that temperament is what I think distinguishes a lot of the top players. He has played two innings’ in this match and to bat all the way through an innings and go out there again he has virtually spent an hour short of three full days on the pitch which for somebody who is playing their 15th first class match is quite an achievement.”

Matt added:

“We have got high hopes for Tom and that is why we have signed him on, but I’m chuffed for him because he has battled hard this year.”

Read the full report and buy tickets by visiting the Somerset County Cricket Club website.