Benkenstein shines in Essex victory

Somerset 2nd v Essex 2nd – Second XI Championship – Taunton Vale Sports Club, Taunton – Report

Essex 2nd 215 and 256

Somerset 2nd 233 and 231

Somerset 2nd won the toss and elected to bowl

Essex 2nd won by seven runs

Luc Benkenstein returned impressive match figures of eleven for 148 to help Essex’s second-string record a narrow victory over their Somerset counterparts at the Taunton Vale Sports Club.

The 19-year-old leg-break bowler claimed five for 67 and 6/81 – the standout performance of his side’s seven-run triumph.

Ben Allison also caught the eye, scoring 70 during Essex’s second innings as they rubber-stamped their second success of the season.

Somerset 2nd: LW Rice, MJ Leach (Capt), LP Goldsworthy, CS Mumford (WK), GW Thomas, JF Thomas, SJ Linnitt, ARJ Ogborne, S Baker, JM Theedom, B Baker

Essex 2nd:  RJ Das (Capt), LM Benkenstein, CWJ Allison, JA Richards, AP Beard, BMJ Allison, SML Fernandes (WK), RJ McKenna, AI Malik, AS Patel, S Bear, ADA Gosling

Umpires: HMS Adnan and BJ Peverall

Scorers: KW Mitchell and AJ Thurogood

Brian Jeeves