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Somerset play out a draw despite Jennings 189*

by Jacob Lunn

Lancashire’s Captain’ Keaton Jennings won the toss and decided to put the hosts, Somerset into bat on Day one of this year’s County Championship.

At first it looked like a good decision as Somerset were 23-3 after Dickson,Lammonby and Australian Bancroft were out, once again Captain, Tom Abell came to the rescue with help from newly signed’ Tom Koehler-Cadmore.

However, Tom Koehler-Cadmore then fell for a well-made 38 to leave the score 80-4.

The ex-England Under 19 joined captain Tom Abell to re-build the innings on what looked to be a flat pitch.

The pair batted sublimely and at the close of play they both had reached there well-made centuries with the score on 311-4 at the close of play on day one.

Day Two, Jennings leads Lancashire’s fight back.

In the morning session on day two James Rew could only add 5 runs on to his overnight score as he fell of a wonderful 117.

Tom Abell and In-Form player Lewis Gregory find themselves at the crease with the score at 324-5.

Gregory was only able to make five runs and England legend’ James Anderson tripped him LBW.

22-year-old Kasey Aldridge made his way to the crease with the score on 332-6.

Soon after Tom Abell went to 150*. 

Kasey Aldridge then fell for 14 with the score at 354-7.

Out came Englands test match spinner, Jack leach;

He played some absolutely sublime drives of the bowling and one that meant the most would of been the Cover drive against James Anderson.

Abell overtook his previous career score of 150 but he fell after just adding one run to his previous highest score, The Somerset captain scored 151 runs. Somerset 370-8.

Siddle and Leach were batting well until Siddle was removed by Mahmood for 17, Somerset 393-9

Leach continued batting positively with support from Brooks.

However, the innings came to a close after Brooks fell for 19 leaving Somerset 441 all out at lunch on day to at the CACG.

Lancashire’s 1st innings 

Keaton Jennings’ and Luke Wells batted through the opening bowling of Lewis Gregory and Jack Brooks, as the ball got older the runs came even quicker.

Wells made his fifty and looked very comfortable at the crease with Jennings taking a slightly more defensive start to his innings.

The pair pressed on but on the stroke of tea Luke Wells clipped a ball from Jack Brooks to Bancroft, Wells scored 82 and tea was taken with the score at 154-1.

After tea, Bohannon joined Keaton Jennings at the crease and the pair started to build a good partnership with a great balance of attacking and defensive batting.

The Somerset bowlers were being taken to bits as Bohannon and Jennings pushed the scoring on, even Tom Lammonby who in a post-match interview was declared to have a back issue had to bowl.

Lancashire finished the day with the score at a staggering 268-1

Day three

Somerset fight back and end the day 41-0.

Jennings and Bohannon pushed the scoring again with some average bowling from Somerset.

Then, Bohannon edges one though to Rew of the bowling of Siddle, Lancashire 376-2.

Jennings was on 189 and sadly he has pulled a hamstring and had to retire hurt.

Lancashire started to lose a few wickets in quick succession, Lancashire 413-5

Bell, Hartley, Balderson and Bailey all made starts but then got out.

Lancashire finished on 554 all out on day three.

The Somerset openers, Dickson and lammonby came to the crease with clouds and rain lurking around the CACG with James Anderson running in with the new ball.

The pair reached 41-0 but then the umpires took the players of the pitch for bad light and then they called stumps soon after.

Day four 

The Somerset openers didn’t last long as Lammonby, Dickson and Bancroft fell in quick succession leaving Somerset 53-3.

Captain Tom Abell and Tom Koehler-Cadmore looked to rebuild the innings but Tom Koehler-Canmore fell for 16 leaving Somerset in a tough position of 91-4.

James Rew joined forces with Tom Abell as the pair looked to steady the ship.

Due to rain and early Lunch was called.

The pair came back out after lunch, they reached there 50 partnership but soon after Abell was given out LBW leaving Somerset 157-5.

Lewis Gregory joined young James Rew at the crease.

Then, James Rew edged to slip of the bowling of Hartley leaving Somerset.

But Gregory and Aldridge saved the game and both teams shook hands for a draw.

Kasey Aldridge finished on 58 not out and Lewis Gregory 34 not out.

Somerset are now bottom of division 1 after just obtaining 10 points out the game.

Plenty to work on for the Somerset side.

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