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RESULT
Birmingham, September 12 - 15, 2022, County Championship Division One
219 & 340/7d
(T:364) 196 & 256/6

Match drawn

Report

Somerset fire off-field broadside before stubborn resistance

Visitors plod their way to total control in relegation battle with Warwickshire

ECB Reporters Network
14-Sep-2022
Tom Abell works one to the leg side, LV= Insurance County Championship, Division 1, Somerset vs Yorkshire, Taunton, July 19, 2022

Tom Abell scored an obdurate 87 from 173 balls  •  Getty Images

Somerset 219 and 277 for 4 (Bartlett 91*, Abell 87, Goldsworthy 44*) lead Warwickshire 196 by 300 runs
Somerset's greatest display of aggression came before the start of the third day at Edgbaston when they issued a media release stating that the ECB's current cricket schedule was "unacceptable" and that the south west needed "the highest standard" of men's and women's cricket to be able to sustain the game in the region.
"The current domestic playing programme, which resulted in only four one-day matches being played in Taunton over 43 days in the height of summer this year, with 17 Somerset players unavailable, is unacceptable to the club, its members and the South West's cricketing public," Somerset said as the debate continued over the future structure of the English game.
Their point made, on the field they plodded their way into total control against Warwickshire on the third day of their LV=Insurance County Championship Division One relegation battle at Edgbaston. They closed the third day on 277 for 4 - 300 ahead - to virtually insure themselves against defeat heading into the last day of this crucial game.
On a pitch which remained slow but lost its menace, Somerset, led by captain Tom Abell's obdurate 87 from 173 balls, batted through the day for 264 runs in 101 overs. Supported by Tom Lammonby (40 in 170 minutes) and George Bartlett (91 not out, 209 balls), the skipper lifted his team into a position whereby they have it in their power to simply bat Warwickshire out of the game.
It was another tough day for the home side, who took just two wickets in three sessions. They must now lift themselves to bat well enough on the final day to avoid a defeat which would severely damage their prospects of survival.
After resuming on 13 for 2, Somerset settled straight into the slow lane, Lammonby and Abell adding 55 runs in 36 overs in the morning session. At one stage, one run arrived in seven overs while Lammonby went 11 overs without scoring.
It was gritty stuff, not easy on the eye but a totally understandable approach in the match situation. Warwickshire's hopes of an early clatter induced by India internationals Mohammed Siraj or Jayant Yadav were thwarted as the pitch blunted the pace of the former and offered only very slow turn to the latter.
The second-wicket pair added 79 in 41 overs before Lammonby edged Olly Hannon-Dalby to Rob Yates at slip. Bartlett seamlessly took up the cudgels of caution and settled in alongside his captain while Warwickshire skipper Will Rhodes shuffled a bowling attack that plugged away nobly to ensure that runs at least never came quickly. The fourth-wicket stand was worth 72 in 25 overs when Abell's 246-minute vigil ended when Danny Briggs turned a beauty onto his off stump.
Again, home hopes of one wicket bringing two were in vain as Lewis Goldsworthy added his application to the collective diligence. Bartlett and Goldsworthy put up a century stand in 202 balls and were still there together to resume in the morning having so far added 121.

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