August 28, 2002

Somerset Under 19's set to face Hampshire in ECB final

Somerset Under 19's scored a comfortable victory over Essex at Uxbridge in the semi final of the ECB two day competition today.

Batting first Somerset scored 383 for 9 yesterday in their allotted 100 overs. Luke Stokes top scored with 63, wicket-keeper Alistair Garnsworthy made an unbeaten 51 and Richard Timms made 43.

Today Essex were bowled out for 164 to give Somerset victory by 219 runs and a place in the Under 19's final where they will play against Hampshire at Nevil Road in Bristol starting on Sunday.

Somerset player James Hildreth was clearly delighted with the result and told me: "It's a real thrill to get to the final, and everybody is very pleased with the result, and looking forward to playing against Hampshire on Sunday."