Somerset in firm command at lunch despite St George’s early success

St George’s were filled with hope following a mixed morning session where they dominated early in claiming two quick wickets, stirring at least minor concern among the Somerset camp.

However, by lunchtime Somerset had recovered well to post 160-for-three, with Terry Fray having posted a well placed half century.

St George’s came out blazing with the new ball, after winning the toss and sending in the west enders to bat.

Zeko Burgess produced a hostile opening spell of fast bowling from the western end, putting openers Chris Douglas and Terryn Fray under early pressure, while Delray Rawlins likewise threatened with his orthodox left arm spin from the other end.

Burgess was first to strike, tempting Douglas with a ball pitched outside the off stump, which the batsman only succeeded getting an outside edge that was caught behind by wicket-keeper Sinclair Smith for three.

Tre Manders (nine) replaced Douglas, but his stay at the crease was similarly short, as just 12 balls before being caught by Macai Simmons off Rawlins.

The early success was blunted by Alje Richardson (44) and Fray, as the pair compiled 58 runs for the third wicket, before the former was undone by Rodney Trott.

At lunch the question again became how long Somerset would bat before putting Stbv George’s in, their run rate of 4.31 and average per wicket projecting a score beyond 300, not good news for the challengers.

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