Somerset gain promotion

Caddick inspires Glamorgan rout

Last Updated: 01/09/07 7:28pm

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Caddick: Four wickets

Caddick: Four wickets

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LV County Championship - Division Two
Taunton - day three
Somerset 402 (C Kieswetter 93, N D McKenzie 55, I D Blackwell 54, N J Edwards 52, M E Trescothick 52, H T Waters 4-76) & 329-9 dec (N D McKenzie 84, J C Hildreth 69, R D B Croft 5-102) v Glamorgan 233 (R N Grant 64, A P Davies 54) & 199 (A R Caddick 4-48)

Somerset (22pts) beat Glamorgan (4pts) by 299 runs

Somerset returned to Division One of the county championship by securing promotion with victory over Glamorgan.

Somerset extended their overnight lead to 498 after Justin Langer opted not to enforce the follow-on, Neil McKenzie top-scoring with 84 while Ian Blackwell smashed three sixes in a brisk 42.

Glamorgan made a solid start with a 48 partnership from James Maher and Gareth Rees, but once Andrew Caddick made the breakthrough wickets came at regular intervals.

Indeed, that proved to be the highest stand as Charl Willoughby choked the scoring while Blackwell took three wickets at the other end.

Caddick returned to remove the obdurate Robert Croft (38) and also Andrew Davies, and with the absent Huw Waters unable to bat Glamorgan were all out for 199.

Day two

Division Two leaders Somerset are in a strong position to claim their eighth win of the season after finishing the second day against Glamorgan with a 332-run lead.

James Hildreth reached 56 not out to guide Somerset to 163-3 in their second innings, with two full days remaining to force a result at Taunton.

Hildreth's knock allowed the hosts to take full advantage of their seam attack's sterling work earlier in the day.

Glamorgan's first innings subsided from 55-1 to 233 all out with Andrew Caddick (3-64), Charl Willoughby (3-65) and Steffan Jones (3-45) each claiming three wickets.

That represented a first-innings lead of 169, but Somerset skipper Justin Langer declined to enforce the follow-on.

Day one

An aggressive batting performance allowed Divison Two leaders Somerset to secure maximum batting bonus points on the first day against Glamorgan.

Somerset were bowled out for 402 in just 85.5 overs with five batsmen contributing half-centuries to the cause.

Marcus Trescothick set the tone with 52 from 48 balls during an opening stand of 101 with Neil Edwards (52).

Middle-order pair Neil MacKenzie (55) and Ian Blackwell (54) also fell shortly after passing 50 to leave Somerset at 268-8.

But a ninth-wicket stand of 130 between Craig Kieswetter (93) and Andrew Caddick (43) allowed them to take full control against bottom-of-the-table Glamorgan.

Charl Willoughby then had Gareth Rees caught behind to leave Glamorgan at 55-1 in reply.

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