|Bob Willis Trophy, The Cooper Friends County Ground (day one):|
|Somerset 237: Bartlett 100*; Payne 4-44, Higgins 4-72|
|Gloucestershire 13-4: Davey 2-4, C Overton 2-9|
|Somerset 2 pts, Glos 3 pts|
George Bartlett’s fourth top quality century remodeled Somerset’s fortunes on a dramatic opening day of the Bob Willis Trophy match against Gloucestershire.
The 22-One year-aged historical England Below-19 batsman ended unbeaten on precisely 100 as his aspect were bowled out for 237, having been 89-5 and 176-9 after losing the toss.
Bartlett’s bold innings occupied 143 balls and featured 17 fours. David Payne claimed 4-44 and Ryan Higgins 4-72, but a closing-wicket stand of 61 between Bartlett and Jack Brooks pissed off the bowlers.
By the shut, Gloucestershire had slumped to 13-4 after Chris Dent and Graeme van Buuren fell to Craig Overton, whereas Ben Charlesworth and nightwatchman Josh Shaw fell to Josh Davey within the first seven overs.
The initiating up of the day had considered Somerset plunge into effort after visiting skipper Dent had elected to field, with threatening clouds gathering.
Left-arm seamer Payne, recent from eight wickets within the previous sport against Glamorgan, bowled Eddie Byrom for a duck with a provocative birth on the initiating up of the third over.
With the entire on 29, Somerset captain Tom Abell edged Shaw through to wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick, departing for 10, and on the tip of a morning session which became as soon as interrupted for 40 minutes by a heavy shower, Somerset were 42-2.
Higgins grabbed an extraordinarily great scalp rapidly after the interval, pinning James Hildreth lbw for 13 and it became as soon as 57-4 when opener Tom Lammonby became as soon as neatly caught low at third jog by Tom Lace off the identical bowler having made 24.
Gloucestershire gave the influence to be taking a agency grip when Steve Davies became as soon as caught down the leg aspect by Roderick off Payne for 16 within the 35th over.
But Bartlett looked in better get than his crew-mates from the outset and by tea he had moved confidently to 43, taking a eye significantly steady off the inspire foot throughout the off aspect.
Craig Overton provided strengthen as batting started to eye extra ecstatic below clearing skies and had contributed 32 in a stand of 75 when trapped in entrance to Higgins with the entire on 164 within the closing session.
A clatter of wickets followed, Roelof van der Merwe edging Payne to George Hankins at 2d jog, Jamie Overton caught on the inspire of aiming a mighty swing off the identical bowler and Davey taken at the initiating jog by Dent off Higgins, having been dropped by Hankins the previous ball.
Somerset, whose high-explain batting had been fragile in previous video games, looked in hazard of ending their innings with out a bonus point but Bartlett started to rupture free and chanced on a legit partner in Brooks.
They might be able to also fair aloof were parted with the rating on 195 when Hankins spilled one other probability at 2d jog provided by Brooks off Matt Taylor and Gloucestershire’s fielding let them down when one other probability provided by Brooks went begging to the fee of four overthrows.
Bartlett continued to punish something else instant throughout the covers and point. A richly deserved hundred became as soon as reached with a single to third-man off Taylor but Brooks became as soon as then caught at mid-off for 24 from the subsequent birth.
Momentum became as soon as with Somerset and Craig Overton became as soon as swiftly to make on it by trapping Dent lbw for five within the third over of Gloucestershire’s answer, Charlesworth edged to 2d jog, Van Buuren became as soon as caught on the inspire of and Shaw became as soon as rapped on the pads as the fiery Overton and beautiful Davey threatened with with regards to each and each ball.
Somerset centurion George Bartlett:
“I the truth is were playing here since I became as soon as a toddler and it has continually been a dream of mine to rating a hundred at Taunton. To manufacture it and lend a hand the crew out of a no longer easy set up made it a extraordinarily particular day.
“We try to rating as many runs as imaginable as a crew, however the sort our bowling attack is firing any total we make seems to keep us in a gradual set up. Now we must keep a long way off from any trace of complacency.
“It’s a irregular pitch and batting wasn’t easy for somebody on the initiating up of their innings. Once I received in, it became loads much less difficult. I pride myself on my off-aspect sport.”
Gloucestershire all-rounder Ryan Higgins:
“We bowled the truth is neatly up to their closing-wicket partnership and can fair decide loads from the day. But we keep stress on our batsmen by correct letting issues jog on the tip of Somerset’s innings.
“Probabilities are you’ll perchance well also’t come up with the cash for to enact that against high sides. George Bartlett played brilliantly, coping with the scenario his aspect were in the truth is neatly, and all credit score to him.
“Unfortunately, we allowed Somerset to shuffle off with a spring of their step on the tip of their innings and that made issues extra advanced for our batsmen in these 12 overs to shut of play.”
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