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By Farmer White et al
April 21 2019

Tom Banton and Craig Overton have 'decent' days at the start of the Somerset Royal London One Day Cup as the side take a weakened Kent apart in pretty ruthless fashion.  Farmer gives us the long view. 

Royal London One-Day Cup. Somerset v Kent. 19th April 2019. Taunton.

Toss. Kent. Elected to field.


“Kent didn’t really turn up did they?” said the person with me as Davey caught Milnes to give Craig Overton his fifth wicket, Somerset their tenth and the match by 264 runs. It was true in both senses of the phrase. Firstly, in the literal sense, five key Kent players were unavailable for various reasons. Secondly, in the sporting sense, the Kent team that did enter the field of play, at least when it came out to bat, did not appear to perform. The truth of it though was not that Kent didn’t ‘turn up’, but that Somerset did not permit them to play. It was an utterly uncompromising Somerset performance cast in the mould of the Championship victory over Nottinghamshire the previous weekend. Somerset simply overpowered Kent.

We turned up about 20 minutes before the start. The car park we used was half empty and so we ambled along to the ground feeling secure in the knowledge there would be plenty of space in the Somerset Stand. Until we walked through the Brian Rose Gates. A quick look at the top of the Somerset Pavilion, my usual match day residence, revealed not a spare seat visible from that angle. Similarly, the Marcus Trescothick, Sir Ian Botham and Colin Atkinson Stands looked to be fully occupied. Some empty seats could be seen in the Ondaatje Stand which faced us. Looking along the length of the Somerset Stand the rows of spectators seemed endless. A walk along the front of the stand revealed a goodly number of pairs of seats but I do not recall ever seeing the Somerset Stand so full other than at a T20 match. We were fortunate enough to find a pair of seats on the end of a row, high up and square to the centre of the wicket. Perfect viewing unless you particularly want to be behind the arm.

As Somerset started their innings there was little hint of what was to come. Azhar and Banton felt their way through the first three overs. A ‘watchful’ start as used to be said in the days when, even in one-day cricket, the ball was red and the Somerset players’ clothes were white rather than the other way around. There was some playing and missing suggestive of a moving ball I thought. Then, suddenly, Azhar was forced to jab down and pull his bat towards his legs as the ball crashed into his stumps. A review of a replay suggests the ball, coming across him from the left-arm pace of Klaassen, swung in late and straightened onto the stumps. Somerset 7 for 1 and Kent with the initiative.

Not for long. Having presumably seen enough to gauge the conditions the 20-year-old Tom Banton immediately began to set the match on a course from which it barely wavered from there until the final crushing victory nearly six hours later. There was still evidence of the ball moving from the occasional piece of playing and missing but Banton seemed to have its measure. His first boundary was clipped off his legs behind square. The next two were driven, one with such force between extra cover and mid-off to where the old Stragglers bar once stood that someone said, “He looks like he can play.” The comment could have as well come from those who used to frequent that bar in days gone by. A square cut fizzed to the boundary in direct line with my seat. As one stroke followed another the whip-crack sound as the ball left the bat spoke of powerful clean stroke play perfectly timed; the thud on the boundary boards of perfect placement.

Peter Trego spoke up for the older generation among Somerset players by raising a huge cheer with a trademark six into the Somerset Stand. The score had reached 43 for 1 from nine overs. The slightly tense mumble in the crowd that had followed Azhar’s wicket had given way to an anticipatory buzz. If there were anxieties still picking at the stomach that this might not go on Banton did his best to drive them away with an immediate cover drive off Klaassman to the Somerset Stand followed by a hook to the Colin Atkinson boundary.

Kent changed the bowling but they could not change the batting. Banton drove Milnes to the Colin Atkinson boundary in his first over. A top edged pull towards the Caddick Pavilion looped high but fell wide of the fielder who, in trying to get to it, fell over to a pantomime “hooray” from parts of the burgeoning and increasingly buoyant crowd. It might have been, for Kent, a portent of all that was to come. What immediately came was a reverse sweep from Banton, unlike the traditional reverse sweep, played down and fine to the Trescothick Stand boundary. A single followed and he had 50 from 44 balls. The applause was instantaneous and prolonged. It seemed to reflect my own feeling that this was not a fifty scored by a youngster chancing his arm. This was a fifty played with consciously controlled stroke play which promised much more to come, in this innings and in many more innings beyond that. It felt like Banton had arrived. Somerset were 78 for 1 in the 14th over and the Taunton buzz was in full flow.

Trego had played a supportive role punctuated by the occasional boundary. A lofted drive to the Colin Atkinson boundary off Milnes just before he was out was ferocious. He was bowled trying to push or defend a ball from Stevens, evidence perhaps that there was still some movement. In the next over Milnes bowled a leg side wide. “Kent have bowled a lot of wides,” someone said, perhaps further evidence of movement. Hildreth joined Banton and, keeping Somerset’s momentum going, almost immediately pulled Milnes forward of square towards the Somerset Stand. The ball just cleared the rope to huge cheers. Momentum lifts or depresses a crowd depending on its direction.

People were now bubbling and I looked around me. I was struck not just by the number of people but by who had come to watch the cricket. Totally different from a Championship crowd. I didn’t count but there was far more of a gender balance than the predominantly male Championship crowd. Ages ranged from children to retirement age with large numbers of late teens and twenty-somethings. Not all the attention was on the cricket and a fair amount of alcohol travelled up and down the stairs but the general focus was on the cricket. Many of those of an age rarely seen at Championship games were wearing membership lanyards and I wondered if the T20/50 over membership was bringing new blood to the crowds for 50 over cricket in a way in which the previous T20 seven match pass did not.

It was not just the Somerset batting which took the attention. Kent’s fielding, the trip apart, was electric as the fielders tried to stem the flow. The score would have been higher than the 101 for 2 brought up by four leg byes from Banton without it. “Great fielding,” someone shouted as the fielder dived full length to take a vicious Hildreth cut on the bounce. A running, diving save just cut off a Banton cover drive before it could cross the boundary.

Yet it was an uneven struggle. Banton launched a fusilade of sixes. A lofted drive into the Garner Gates gap and a scoop over the Gimblett’s Hill boundary, both against Milnes, were followed by another drive over the distant covers store boundary off Qayyum’s slow left arm. Podmore replaced Milnes. Banton pulled square, the fielder ran, dived and slid along the boundary beneath our seats, his outstretched hand deflected the ball which shot upwards, looped over his body as he slid through and just evaded his other hand as it grabbed at thin air. It was a tremendous effort to prevent a boundary but it simply illustrated the way the match was going and a huge cheer erupted from the Somerset Stand. A single brought up Banton’s century. The ground stood as one and cheered and applauded. Indeed, this young man can play I concluded. Somerset 156 for 2. Banton 100. Hildreth 17 and nearly 26 overs still to play.

As far as Banton was concerned that was virtually it. A steepling six landed half way up the Somerset Stand but the next attempt landed in the long-suffering Milnes’ hands. Banton 107. The two top edges apart, it had been a chanceless and virtually faultless innings. Hildreth followed, caught from another steepling attempt at a six, for 23. 176 for 4.

Now the middle and lower order set about building on the tremendous foundations Banton had laid. Abell, van de Merwe and Bess all played cameos. As one was out, so another came and pushed the score on. It was relentless and the momentum Banton had unleashed was driven forward even harder by Gregory, and then, finally, in the first half of a decisive two-pronged contribution from Craig Overton, who bestrode the end of the Somerset innings and the start of the Kent one like a colossus.

Gregory batted in the destructive mode he has developed in T20 and which he sometimes deploys to give a Championship innings a crucial surge. He cut and pulled the ball hard and fast. One drive past extra cover to the old Stragglers’ area flew so fast along the ground that none of the ghosts that reside there would have been able to discern the colour of the ball. It was a stroke that could scarcely have been bettered with any colour of ball in any age. A pull, in front of square, cleared the long Caddick Pavilion boundary and another, driven high, bounced from the seating on the Colin Atkinson Pavilion terrace. Where the boundary could not be reached the placement of ones and twos was relentless as he and Abell hurried the scoreboard along.

I took breath between overs to glance along the Somerset Stand. A picture of sunlit holiday joy stretched out in both directions along the packed and serried ranks of kaleidoscopically-dressed spectators dotted about with white wyvern hats to match my own. Into and beyond the Trescothick Stand in one direction and around to the truly packed Somerset Pavilion in the other the joyous throng stretched. And what cricket they had been watching.

With the score on 249 with 12 overs to go Abell was out for 28 to a brilliant catch by Blake, stretching diagonally upwards from short cover. Qayyum the bowler. An even better catch, if that were possible, by Blake reaching even further in the next over, removed Gregory for 51 off the persistent Podmore. Somerset were 251 for 6 with still 11 overs to go and for the first time since Azhar’s dismissal a faint doubt clawed. Kent were still fighting hard in the field as Blake’s two catches showed and a charge for 11 overs with just the last four wickets was still needed if Somerset were to post a commanding total.

And now we saw what, in spite of Banton’s glorious hundred, was perhaps the defining performance of the match. Craig Overton, with van der Merwe and Bess, took Somerset to the heights beyond 350 and reduced Kent to 26 for 4. It was a performance on which the match pivoted and it pivoted violently. In his innings Overton seemed to cut and pull for four and drive for six. His first six, off Qayyum, was caught perfectly on the terrace of one of the second-tier boxes of the Somerset Pavilion. His second went straight over the Sir Ian Botham Stand and into the Tone. The third was caught, this time by a fielder right on the Trescothick Stand boundary but his foot went over the rope before he had released his throw back onto the playing area and he signalled ‘six’ to the umpire. The fourth went between the Sir Ian Botham Stand and the Trescothick Stand as it joined one of its predecessors in the Tone. In all Overton made 66 not out from 36 balls and took Somerset to 358 for 8.

Any doubts about the size of Somerset’s total fed by the propensity of 50 over matches to produce mammoth scores were soon dispelled. There is something of an aura around Somerset’s bowling this year. It seems to constitute more than the sum of its parts. And each of its parts are more than capable of cutting a swathe. Here it was Overton who cut the swathe. He struck with the first ball of the second over. Dickson caught, straightforwardly, by Banton. Then Renshaw, who had been warmly applauded to the wicket, took ten rather edgy runs from Davey as he appeared to be trying to play the sort of hard-driving innings he had played for Somerset in 2018. When he tried to guide Overton fine, he edged to Hildreth at slip. Crawley edged Davey to Banton and then Robinson seemed to check a shot off Overton and Gregory took the catch at square leg. 26 for 4. It was not just Overton’s three wickets. There was something about his bowling, in this match with the new ball, which had conviction about it. He constantly pressurised and severely tested the batsmen. It brought constant expectation of a wicket.

Now Rouse and Blake tried to shore up the Kent innings through some careful defence with the result that the required run rate, which had started at just over seven an over, rose past eight and started to climb towards nine whilst the DLS par score had risen into the stratosphere. Kent were caught in the classic one-day trap when early wickets are lost. You can feel tension rising in a cricket match when the score is not rising fast enough to suit the purposes of the batting side. The buzz in the crowd becomes subdued, the concentration on the cricket harder as people sense that something has to give, one way or the other.

The drop in volume was noticeable where we were. We had long since concluded we were in the noisiest part of the Somerset Stand. Perhaps everyone in the Somerset Stand concluded the same for it is a noisy stand on white-ball days. The level of alcohol consumption in a couple of groups around us doubtless had something to do with that. Including a small group in our row. Their cheering was loud and not always coherent but it seemed to come in all the right places. The frequency with which they had to pass us to enter and leave the stand increased as the afternoon wore on but it mostly came between overs, always with a polite request and increasingly with an apology. I was dripped on but once and only one drop. I suppose carrying four pints in the fingers of one hand is a bit of a challenge when more than that have probably passed your lips.

Blake tried to break the stranglehold. Twice in an over he took four runs from Groenewald, a cut backward of square and a straight drive just wide of the bowler. When he tried to pull Groenewald, the ball took the top edge, steepled and was caught by Banton, pretty much at the place from where it had left the bat. When, two overs later, Groenewald broke through Rouse’s defence Kent were 64 for 6, nearly 300 runs behind and the match was to all intents and purposes over. A run out, a wicket, caught and bowled, to van de Merwe, two in an over to Overton and it was. Kent 94 all out. It was as decisive a victory as could be imagined and was finished in a similar manner to the Championship match against Nottinghamshire.

As we descended the steps to the walkway at the back of the Somerset Stand I noticed the photograph of Brian Close looking up at me. I think he might have recognised the hard, relentless cricket Somerset are playing this year. He would have known too the need to pursue it, as relentlessly, all the way to the end of the season.

Result. Somerset 358 for 9 (50.0 overs) (T. Banton 107, C Overton 66*, L Gregory 51). Kent 94 (27.0/50.0 overs) (C. Overton 5-18). Somerset won by 264 runs. Somerset 2 points. Kent 0 points.  

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13/04/2019 08:23
This starts very soon.

Would I be right in thinking that there are likely to be three changes compared to the red ball side currently in action at Trent Bridge? Namely:

Peter Trego
Roelof Van Der Merve
Tom Banton

Instead of:

Marcus Trescothick
Two gentlemen named Jack

That could/would give us a team of something like:

Azhar (not sure of his place in batting order relative to Hildreth?)
Van Der Merwe
Craig Overton

5 seamers (including Tom) and Roelof? Lots of batting.

Then, probably, TG and Jamie Overton (if fit) to rotate in for Josh and Craig? (whilst we ride the hot-hand in Lewis?). Maybe the flying Dutchman to get the odd outing, too?

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13/04/2019 09:50
Although Jack Brooks has been our most expensive bowler in the championship so far, he successfully filled the death bowler role at Yorkshire for a good many seasons (including last when fit) and will surely play against Kent on Good Friday.

13/04/2019 10:10
I don't see him as a white ball bowler at all and, per Cricinfo, he's played a grand total of 36 List A matches in his career.


And not a single List A game since 2016, CJM?

Having said that, he did play some T20 for them last year, but no 50 over games for three years.

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13/04/2019 11:05
Maybe that was another, admittedly minor, factor in his decision to leave Yorkshire to move to Somerset (and yes I know the 3yr v 2 yr one)

13/04/2019 11:10
His record is certainly not such (in white ball) that he should have been made any kind of promises in that regard (beyond, perhaps, "You'll be considered.") I'd be shocked if he'd been told he would be a regular.

13/04/2019 11:13
In previous years haven't we had more in the way of spin? No JoMybs this year. Would Azhar's leggies be useful either as a wicket taking or a run strangling option? Or do we consider Max or Dom.

13/04/2019 11:26
I didn't suggest he'd been made promises. But at the time he agreed to move to Somerset he was part of a bowling line up that included David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Tim Bresnan, club captain Steve Patterson, as well as youngsters the club are bringing through such as Ben Coad, Matt Fisher and Josh Shaw. They had also just signed Mat Pillans from Surrey. Jack wouldn't have to be a genius to realise his 50 over career was likely to resume at Yorkshire anytime soon.

Whilst Somerset is also blessed with a broad selection of bowling options, the 'wiley senior pro' section of the filing cabinet had a little more space-Tim Groenewald and Pete Trego the only ones here (and Roela I guess, but a spinner).

Just saying that although I'm sure Somerset didn't make Jack any 50 over promises, I doubt if they'd have told him he wouldn't be adding to his list A stats either.

wsm fan
14/04/2019 06:49
50 over in April i want 4 proper seamers.
Dont see a need often for 2 spinners.
Watch this space for the next 3 week future of Jack & Dom. Rvdm sure to be the spinner if we only opt for 1.

I'm going.....
Azhar Davies Tregs Hildy TomA TomB
Lewis RVDM Craig Jamie Timmy G

Quite happy with a rotation of our 7 seamers, we have 8 group games in 19 days with a possible 9 in 22 if we need a 2nd/3rd play off.
The ost important thing by far is our chosen 4 quicks for the HUGE next champo game v Surrey are fully fit and firing for May 14.

15/04/2019 19:10
For Friday I’d go with this team.

Davies, Ali, Tregs, Hildy, Banton, Abell, Gregory, RVDM, C Ove, J Ove, Brooks

Think we’ll rotate our seamers during this competition. Timmy G, Meerkat and Davey all waiting in the wings.

4 seamers in April, RVDM as main spin option with Ali for occasional part time leg spin if needed plus Abell and Tregs as backup seam options. Gives us plenty of bowling options.

15/04/2019 22:42
I'd rather someone who can hit boundaries from the start with Davies- the role J-Mybs played last year. Azhar seems to me more of a middle-overs-accumulator type. Open with Lewis maybe? He did well with this role in the Blast a couple of seasons ago.

16/04/2019 00:02
Why not open with Dom? If we don't use him we'll lose him.

16/04/2019 00:19
Certainly if he can make the team by all means use him. If he can't then he may have to look elsewhere. Depends what he's willing to make his role.

It isn't for Somerset to find him a place. It's for him to make one his own


16/04/2019 18:02
Wouldn’t completely surprise me if Banton were given the Gloves and someone like Green or maybe Dom get the gig.

16/04/2019 21:16
You're thinking they'd drop Steve D? Can't see that happening unless he has a really horrible run of batting form (which would not be unprecedented).

wsm fan
16/04/2019 23:17
Azhar Davies Trego Hildy Abell Banton
Lewis RVDM Craig Jamie Timmy

17/04/2019 11:22
Only Banton, Trego, van der Merwe and Groenewald, of possible selections against Kent on Friday, playing for Seconds in opening Second XI Trophy match away to Middlesex today.

Team from: Banton, Byrom, Trego, Rouse, van der Merwe, Green, Lammonby, Bess, J. Overton, Groenewald, Gilchrist, Sale.

Middlesex, who have included at least six current Ist XI championship players, lost wicket to Jamie Overton in the first over.

17/04/2019 12:13
4 down, Ben Green showing up well.

Mike TA1
17/04/2019 12:31
Live stream not the best but it is better than nothing.

A partnership is building.

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17/04/2019 14:10
Broken and some by Mr Green. 7 down now.

Roger ivanhoe
17/04/2019 14:33
I see Dom Bess captain of the seconds today.

Seven wickets for 42 for Ben Green, Pete Trego did not bowl.
We might struggle to get the target of 280.

17/04/2019 15:53
73-0 hints otherwise

Loyal of Lhasa
17/04/2019 16:55
Banton scores a century which elicits no applause from the fielders. He and Byrom seem to be scoring off every ball.


Seventy-one Seasons a Somerset Supporter

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17/04/2019 17:08
I was at the Radlett ground yesterday afternoon prospecting prior to the 1st XI game on 1st May. This had nothing to do with the fact that my wife's ukulele group was practising in my home!

Very friendly folk at Radlett CC.

Loyal of Lhasa
17/04/2019 17:57
What Bobstan doesn't know - and nobody must tell him - is that his wife's ukelele band (hugely amplified) has been booked to play between every over at the RLODC match on 1st May.


Seventy-one Seasons a Somerset Supporter

Loyal of Lhasa
17/04/2019 18:01
Alas, poor Surrey were all out for 88 against Gloucestershire today in their first RLODC match.


Seventy-one Seasons a Somerset Supporter

17/04/2019 18:04
Surrey 88 ao v Gloucester. No one likes to see that!!!

So 100's for Byrom and Banton
7 wickets for Green
Trego and Van der Merwe surely selected.
Hildreth and Abell middle order backbone?
Davis or Banton to keep?
Jamie or Craig?
Any room for Ali in the side?
Leachy /max or Bess ?
Groenswald.Brooks ,or neither

Nice selection problems for Friday.

Somerset LaLaLa
17/04/2019 18:25
Baffling. Glocs lost their second wicket at 156 and both teams then folded. The Surrey side was mostly their championship one. Poor shot selection? Is Burns the best captain? Presumably they'll cpme back stronger. Oh dear

17/04/2019 18:26
LoL: Believe me; no amplification will be required.

17/04/2019 18:41
The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain have a lot to answer for. They are rather marvellous though. The good the bad and the ugly is one of my favourites.
ack to cricket (!) having read a post informing me there was a live stream I tuned in just in time to see Mr. Banton take 20 from an over from Barber( I think) including a reversed 4 and 6. Maybe his time is coming. I was hugely impressed with his performance in the junior wc albeit against 18 yo's.

17/04/2019 19:37
Banton has got to be a direct replacement for Myburgh but to open with who assuming Trego bats at 3.Ali rather than Davis or Byrom would be my choice.

17/04/2019 19:42
I guess another one in the eye for Grumpy Gus then?

Great to see Banton is such explosive form.

Shame about Surrey.

Onwards and upwards.

17/04/2019 21:40
Having left Tom B out of my starting XI for Friday on Facebook I have reviewed my position. Whom to leave out is trickier - we simply have far too many good players.
Strangely, no remotely close matches in today's games - and all won by the side batting first. I share the general sympathy for Surrey - Worcs' game was another that might have been expected to be one-sided the other way.

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17/04/2019 23:48
The Banton and Byrom centuries and Ben Green`s 7-42 were achieved against a Middlesex side of near championship content (six played in their last cc match) and on home territory.

Surely Banton is a cast-iron selection for Friday now, and on the back of Green`s useful batting last season as well as his seven wickets today, I would take a punt on him and not play a spinner this early in the season.

18/04/2019 00:17
What about Byrom?

18/04/2019 08:20
We haven't even considered Bartlett. Is this the year the three 'B"s all establish first team status.

18/04/2019 09:05
What is the UK start time tomorrow people?


Mike TA1
18/04/2019 09:30
Nothing on the clubs website, on the BBC fixtures it says start is 11am.

Roger ivanhoe
18/04/2019 10:52
In the Fixture listing on club site start time is shown as 11.a.m.

But the match v Essex on Friday the 26th Which is being shown on Sky start time will be 1.p.m. also time shown on fixture list on club site.

18/04/2019 13:37
A picture on facebook shows the left hand side of the Botham stand covered with black side screen, so I guess the wicket is just west of centre.

I assume they've fixed the problem with the family/Ondaatje stands?

Somerset LaLaLa
18/04/2019 13:38
What is the UK finish time tomorrow people?

The way we're playing it's time to put the idea to rest of Kent as our unlucky team

wsm fan
18/04/2019 13:50
Yes Ondatje all fixed.

Bumper crowd expected.

Loads of guest passes will be in action.....

wsm fan
18/04/2019 15:07
15 man squad.

Quicker to list who isnt in.....

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18/04/2019 15:11
Three spinners included in the 15-man Somerset squad for tomorrow, Jack Leach, Dom Bess and Roelof van der Merwe, but only one likely to play.

George Bartlett and Tom Banton named among the batters.

Squad; Abell, Ali, Banton, Bartlett, Bess, Brooks, Davey, Davies, Gregory, Groenewald, Hildreth, Leach, C.Overton, Trego and van der Merwe.

Kent will be without Australian-born fast bowler Grant Stewart, injured playing for the Seconds on Monday, but may include former Somerset all-rounder Calum Haggett.

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18/04/2019 17:06
I'd be inclined to save Azhar and both Jacks for the longer stuff, play Dom and choose between Josh and Tim for the last spot (pretty much a toss up)
Is Jamie still not fully fit or is he deemed unsuitable for the 50-over format?

18/04/2019 17:11
Ali Probably open and let everyone bat around him one would assume.
Order will probably be very flexible after Banton and Trego dependant on state of game.
Very strong Batting line up with Cove at 9 or 10 if Van De Merve plays

18/04/2019 17:47
It strikes me as nonsensical to bat Cove at 10 when we could bat him at 9 (still pretty low for his ability) and give ourselves an extra bowling option.

18/04/2019 18:06
Kent have now named a 13-man squad for tomorrow. They will be without Daniel Bell-Drummond because of a family bereavement, while Mitchell Claydon is on the injured list.

Kent from: Kuhn (c), Blake, Crawley, Dickson, Qayyum, Klaassen, Milnes, Podmore, Renshaw, Riley, Robinson, Rouse and Stevens. Batting appears somewhat reliant on imports Kuhn and Renshaw.

18/04/2019 18:54
A lot depends on whether we can get 24 overs out of Abell,Trego and Roelof.
More Likely Cove , Gregory , plus 2 from 4 of what's left.
If Bess plays Cove would still be at 10!!!

19/04/2019 10:59
Tom B opening with Ali and Dom in to turn the ball with RvdM.


19/04/2019 11:51
A bit surprised we are playing two spinners on what looks like a greenish strip.

Azhar looked pretty rusty in his brief stay to put it mildly, but some wonderful shots from T.B. who is using his height to great advantage.

Lovely atmosphere at the ground. Can’t help feeling a bit sad that the ECB are about to destroy the competition and with it the enjoyment of thousands of fans.


19/04/2019 11:56
Well done Tom Banton. First of many 50s we all hope. Very confident start.


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19/04/2019 11:58
How long are you in country this year Grizz?


19/04/2019 12:07
Until mid June and then again for the month of September.

Thought I should be here when we win the Championship. Unless of course we’ve wrapped it up long before then !


19/04/2019 13:32
I'll see you at the Essex game if that is the case then sir. I'm back in the gap between your visits so hope the cricket and cider are good.

Tom Banton can open for me in white ball cricket if anyone wants to know. He seemed to be in another game to the rest. Such confident murder at times. He looks taller and less 'timid'.

Anyone think though that it might be an option to change Ali and Hildreth around and have James opening with Tom?

Storming century for a Somerset man with a future I think. Steve..... I'd score some runs in the CC1 - It isn't Jos you have to worry about.

Lewis also going from strength to strength in his season with a 50 in his first white ball game.


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19/04/2019 13:44
Superb catch Lewis gone. 320 will be a good score now.

19/04/2019 14:19
Dom's got it to 330 but mis-hooked it to the keeper.


19/04/2019 14:20
Well done to Cove - 28 ball 50 but a sensible one


19/04/2019 14:32
That sounds good Grockle.

Nice innings by Craig as well.

Will it be enough ? It ought to be and in times past it would be a cakewalk, but who knows these days.

A lot will depend on a certain M Renshaw methinks.


19/04/2019 15:27
Cove's just hogging it now!

19/04/2019 15:27
Normally I'd say that's not enough but with no DBD, Kuhn, Denly or Billings.... Oh and Max reckons we have plenty which is good enough for me.

19/04/2019 15:38
Opening Bowling in flying form!!!


19/04/2019 15:39
Davey nearly had Renshaw twice. These two are a significant handful at the moment.


19/04/2019 16:01
Have to correct you there Grockle. You cannot get the same batsman twice, once is the limit even for Josh.
(Spot the paraphrase anyone?)

19/04/2019 16:03
And gosh, that lbw looked extremely borderline.

19/04/2019 16:22
Safely pouched Tom.
MoM will be close - unless Rouse or Evergreen Stevens does a Roley.
Stevens of course batted at 3 for Leics in their title-winning days and was regarded as a devastating one-day batsman.

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19/04/2019 16:55
Think we've got this one everyone. Just going out on a limb a little early but I feel moderately confident for a Somerset supporter.


19/04/2019 16:57
Grockle, I have a message for you from Captain Mainwaring.

19/04/2019 17:24
Stupid boy.

19/04/2019 17:29
Absolutely storming performance.

Really encouraging stuff and Tom Banton was a revelation.

That will do wonders for our run rate, should that become a factor as the competition progresses.


19/04/2019 18:30
Were Bell-Drummond and Kuhn injured, or did Kent decide to bow to the abomination that is Graves and write this competition off?

Either way, severely weakened batting opposition (also minus Denly and Billings), or not, that was about as comprehensive a dismantlement as one could ever see in white ball cricket!

Conventional wisdom is that only one man - Jofra Archer - has any price at forcing his way into the world cup squad, but I wonder if Gregory and Craig Overton reject that conventional wisdom.. Lewis batted very well and Craig played like a man possessed.

Great to see Banton do so well. Since he carried his form from Radlett to Taunton, perhaps we should have picked Eddie too?

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19/04/2019 18:37
Yes, Bagpuss, I too would normally have said possibly not enough, too.

But with our guys playing like men possessed...

Somerset LaLaLa
19/04/2019 18:51
Many of our squad are in the form of their lives, I said before the game this would be over early. If Kent had batted first then it would've been even shorter. We should expect to get in the knockout phase, but there is a lot of entertaining cricket to enjoy on the way. The young lads are gaining invaluable confidence, I just hope the older ones don't take it all for granted

Roger ivanhoe
19/04/2019 19:21
As posted by CJM earlier in thread Bell-Drummond had a Family bereavement this week, not sure about Kuhn as he was quoted as being in the kent squad.

Great win, big crowd who were buzzing with our all round performance, now onto Cardiff on Sunday.

After including Dom in the side I would have liked to have seen him turn a few over, as
his opportunities to make the team could be limited.

19/04/2019 19:36
While all this was happening, the IPL passed the halfway mark, with Kent captain Sam Billings and vice-captain Joe Denley both having played just once so far - and both out first ball.

I wonder what your average Kent supporter thinks about all this.

19/04/2019 20:20
I`m sure Somerset will be keeping an eye on another Banton coming through the ranks at King`s College, Taunton, where their former player Rob Woodman is director of cricket. James Banton was their leading run-scorer, with almost 800 at an average of 52, last year, and I believe he still has another summer of school cricket to go.

He plays his club cricket in the Midlands, though, so Somerset will need to keep on the ball.

Mike TA1
19/04/2019 20:43
The first of the one day cup matches
Somerset v Kent.

Azhar Ali hasn't got going so far this season and today was the same.

A very good day for Tom Banton, 4 runs to his name.

It's no wonder he raised his bat on reaching his 100.

I think we all know where James Hildreth hit this ball, looking at where they are both looking.

It looked like it was going to be an easy catch for Matt Milnes but he almost didn't catch It'
I don't think Harry Podmore would have been happy if he dropped it.

It would have been hard to choose the man of the match after seeing this six hit into the river by Craig Overton and his five wickets. Tom Banton I would think is MOM with his 100 and three catches behind the stumps.

This run brings up Craig Overton's 50.

One of Tom Banton catches when Alex Blake top edged the ball off Tim Groenwald.

The same person Tim Groenwald but this time after he run-out Darren Stevens.

You can't keep Roelof van der Merve out of it for very long, after he c&b Harry Podmore.

A good win on a hot sunny day with a crowd of 5038 watching plus about 50 stewards. (what a shame we need them)

19/04/2019 21:49
So Mr Graves, look what happens when you play real cricket in a real cricket ground in the heart of the community. When you develop and play local players that people can identify with and those players feel part of and valued by that community. What happens is you fill a ground with people who actually like cricket, who engage with the game without the need to go on a conga, dress as a nun or chase a fancy dress piggy through the stands. Of course he won’t have seen this, to use his parlance, “there’s nowt so blind as those who don’t want to see”

19/04/2019 21:58
I'm think, like us I believe, Kent voted to continue the new version of UK Cricket from 2020 so I'm sure they have accepted that they are working to develop the 'new' format that will save our struggling game by allowing some of their best players to go to the best version of the only form of cricket that was an option to the planners when they extensively surveyed UK cricket last year and the year before (I think).

Kent must have realised (as our own management did as well it seems) that this version put on today in front of the largest crowd of this season (bet it is beaten by later games) had to operate at the sacrifice of some of their better players in order for them to experience (on the bench for most of it) the 'true' nature of successful cricket for the masses in the 21st century thousands of miles from their present live fanbase.

I bet the Somerset management were unhappy today that they could not make the same sacrifices with some of their best players so that youth players could use this mere shadow of a competition as the development exercise it is to become.

The game could have been more equal for what fans would have turned up. Somerset would have had the opportunity to show what a 50 over game is to become in the great new 'future' of cricket..

Praise the glorious ECB - they know what they are doing. Although funnily enough Mr Cornish seemed to be playing away from the hymn sheet in his BBC interview and seemed happy at the game and the crowd. Can't have it both ways sir. If you aren't going to fight for the game enjoy these last days before they are gone forever.... along with your profits. It seems this is the 'job of his dreams'. What a shame there seems no effort being made to maintain it into the next decade.


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19/04/2019 22:12
What a ruthless performance.
That is what this squad/team is becoming - ruthless. It really could be our year, if this squad of talented players can all be kept happy with the inevitable rotations that will take place.
If the ECB has its way I just wonder if we will ever see this type of talent coming through at 'unfashionable' counties ever again.

19/04/2019 22:54
I heard that Heino Kuhn injured his back on the bus journey to the ground (not quite on a par with Keith Parsons allegedly getting a back spasm putting on his socks prior to day 3 of a CC match at the Rose Bowl, but close).

That has to be one of the most clinical performances I've seen in a while. Was good to see two bowlers who haven't played in the championship matches just slotting into the attack and taking wickets. Lewis Gregory has 18 wickets in the CC yet virtually rested with the ball today. The batting was good but scarily still room for improvement.

Happy days 😊

20/04/2019 09:10
It is quite something when career-best performances, with both bat and ball, by Cove are overshadowed by the performance of a teammate. A friend of mine told me that an innings by Banton in a Seconds match a couple of years ago was the best he had ever seen at that level - and, having watched part of Banton’s innings yesterday, I can believe that. If he continues in that form, a place will surely have to be found for him in four-day cricket.

Roger ivanhoe
20/04/2019 10:01
Grockle,(Re the ECcool smiley not sure much blame can placed on Andrew Cornish's feet, a certain former Chairman and former C.E.O should take most of the flack from Members on the mess that the ECB have created.

But I know you have rightly voiced your feeling many times on the matter very strongly on Twitter, with negative response from the ex Chairman.

He (A.N) has spent a lot of twitter postings on demanding a re-vote on Brexit because he felt people did not know what they were voting for (that's his opinion) and yet Somerset Members were NOT given the chance to vote on the proposals the ECB were putting forward.

I will always feel both their tenures at the Club were spoilt by their action at that time.

Loyal of Lhasa
20/04/2019 12:29
Banton is indeed a very impressive young batsman. I watched much of the live-streaming of his innings at Radlett earlier in the week and he put me in mind of the young Trescothick - always looking for an opportunity to score, upright and fearless and not afraid to play the unorthodox shot. Truly a very exciting prospect.

20/04/2019 12:41
Oh I am well aware of Mr Nash's involvement in all of this Roger. I am also constantly told that Mr Cornish should not be blamed for anything as he is the CEO not the Chair. Are you therefore suggesting that Mr Clark(e?) is to blame for the second vote without membership consultation? Is the argument really that the CEO did not have any involvement in the issue of the club's business activity in 2020 or a say in the matter of a possible £1.3m injection into Somerset's coffers if the vote went in the ECB's favour? Wasn't that given as the justification of the vote? Mr Clark is not the finsncial officer of the county.

i did not give Mr Lavendar that 'get out of jail free' card when Mr Nash was Chair. I see less reason to give Mr Cornish such leeway given his colleague's condition

My understanding is that our Chair is extremely unwell and wheelchair bound (and I'm sure I post for all wishing him well and that he returns to good health). He may have to stand down because of this

This is a decision made by Somerset. I'm not particularly interested who is told to declare it. I know who is on the radio representing the club and who seems pretty understandably unable to function as a club official at the moment.

'Somerset' a member's club have taken MAJOR decisions without referring them for guidance to their membership The representatives of that club cannot, as I say, have it both ways and Mr Cornish's comments yesterday with Anthony said he liked one thing while his organisation's actions were allowing the governing body to destroy what he likes with his cooperation.

I don't like that. I'm sure you don't like that. It seems the only issue is who to blame. If you get a moment Roger please tell me who you think that is because it can't be Andy Nash any more because he hasn't been here for s while now.


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Roger ivanhoe
20/04/2019 14:10
Grockle, certainly not defending Andrew Cornish or his comments on the radio, but feel the pathway for the ECB changes were in place prior to his arrival, leaving very little room for objection (even if AC has personal reservations).

I think Charles Clark was Vice Chairman at the time, and not sure of his opinion.
Malcolm Derry as Treasurer at the time would also have been involved in talks.

But surely the Chairman and the CEO at the time must take responsibility for firstly not giving the Members the chance to vote, and then taking the decision to go along with the ECB, because they felt it was in the interest of the Club and Cricket long term.

I just hope they prove to be be right, but I have my doubts.

20/04/2019 17:25
I certainly agree about the poisoned chalice given to the new boys.

I'm not a member but I took offence at the patronising/pro ECB marketing nature of 'Q&A' sessions around the first decision when our officials thought they could get short term gain and believed they would not lose out in the medium term.

Yes they had some sort of promise which the ECB supposedly reneged on but the excuse of voting 'for the good of the game as a whole' was a) not their job or b) amazingly niaive at best and something personal at its worst.

Given the position as it arrived with the new officials, I could have been happy with an abstention OR a positive vote with member consultation on the second round. More patronising of the membership and a decision pretty baldly based on 'take the money' was not the way to go.

I do think the county's are (Mueller reference: f***d) and the nature of cricket in Taunton needs some very important economic conversation given the 2020 sitiation.

It certainly isn't the time to go on the radio and go on about how 'glorious' it all is and how dreams have come true. The world has changed and cosily ignoring it is not the position required.

The massive planning to manage our transition into a strong cricket unit over the last decade may very well come to fruition at the same time as the ECB takes away from the county the opportunities to use it. That wasn't my dream and it is certainly not 'glorious'.


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Farmer White
20/04/2019 23:02
Apologies for the delay all. There is going to be a bit of that this week I am afraid. This part of the cricket season has not been organised with the rest of my life and my reports in mind.

You can now find my report on the Kent RLODC on my website through this link:


It is the first post down after the sticky at the top and is headed 'Relentless'.

It is also here:


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22/04/2019 11:08
Kent are really struggling to get 11 men on the field at the moment.

Yesterday, when they lost after just 40 overs to Sussex, they had to include three players already carrying injuries - Matt Renshaw, who suffered back spasms throughout his century knock, Darren Stevens, who had to leave the field when he aggravated a side strain, and local lad (yes he was born in Sussex) Fred Klaassen.

Already unavailable through injury were temporary captain Heino Kuhn, Calum Haggett, Grant Stewart, Ivan Thomas and Mitch Claydon; at the IPL Sam Billings and Joe Denly; and for family reasons Daniel Bell-Drummond.

Sussex, who Somerset play at Brighton on Wednesday, have one injury problem - Ollie Robinson, the championship`s second leading wicket-taker last summer, is out with a left shoulder injury.

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