Worcestershire Seconds were involved in an exciting draw with their Somerset counterparts in a two-day friendly at New Road.

The home side were set a target of 235 in 50 overs and finished just eight runs short with one wicket remaining.

Worcestershire declared their first innings on the overnight score of 137-9 – 41 in arrears.

They made an early breakthrough in Somerset's second innings when captain Max Waller, at the non striker's end, was run out by Ben Twohig at short cover.

Spinner Twohig followed up his first innings figures of 5-33 with another impressive performance and returned 3-41 from 16 overs to finish with match figures of 27.1-6-74-8.

Alex Hepburn also claimed three wickets with Josh Davey (28) again top-scoring for Somerset who were dismissed for 193 in 47.3 overs.

Worcestershire opener and skipper Ben Cox made 42 and the home side looked well placed at 155-2 after a stand of 73 between George Rhodes (40) and Hepburn (41).

Three wickets then fell for three runs before a partnership of 60 between Ollie Westbury (33) and Nick Hammond (23) lifted the total to 218-5.

Another mini collapse saw four wickets go down for seven runs to leave Worcestershire on 225-9.

Then in the final over Graeme Whiles was dropped at deep cover off Waller, the ball after Twohig's dismissal, and the game eventually ended in a draw.

 

Somerset – second innings

Underdown c Cox b Whiles 21

Waller run out (Twohig) 6

Rouse lbw Twohig 20

Davey b Hepburn 28

Bartlett c Fell b Hepburn 9

Regan c Rhodes b Hepburn 20

C. Overton st Cox b Twohig 3

Wyatt-Haines b Twohig 13

Sale b Rhodes 27

Gamble not out 20

Bess c Westbury b Whiles 9

Extras 17

Total (all out) 193 in 47.3 overs.

FOW: 19, 38, 70, 81, 102, 113, 117, 164, 164, 193.

Bowling

Whiles 6.3-0-24-2

Scrimshaw 5-0-28-0

Tyrrell 2-0-7-0

Hepburn 14-3-60-3

Twohig 16-4-41-3

Rhodes 4-0-17-1

 

Worcestershire – second innings

Fell c Rouse b Gamble 21

Cox c Sale b Waller 42

Rhodes c Redrup b Bess 40

Hepburn st Regan b Bess 41

Dell lbw Overton 0

Westbury b Davey 33

Hammond c Bess b Davey 23

Twohig c Redrup b Waller 5

Scrimshaw c Rouse b Davey 0

Tyrrell not out 1

Whiles not out 1

Extras 20

Total (for 9 wickets) 227 in 50 overs

FOW: 30, 83, 155, 156, 158, 218, 221, 225, 225.

Bowling

Gamble 9-2-23-1

Davey 6-0-39-3

Sale 6-0-43-0

C. Overton 5-0-15-1

Bess 11-1-42-2

Waller 6-0-30-2

Redrup 5-0-19-0

Rouse 2-0-9-0