County Championship: Somerset decrease order punish Leicestershire

Josh Davey batting for Somerset

Josh Davey’s unbeaten 75 surpassed his previous-best first-class score of 72
LV= County Championship Group Two, The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton (day two):
Somerset 461-9 dec: Conway 88, Van der Merwe 76, Davey 75*, De Lange 75; Griffiths 3-93
Leicestershire 95-3: Ackermann 22*; Davey 1-19
Somerset (6 pts) lead Leicestershire (2 pts) by 366 runs

Somerset’s lower-order batsmen put them in control on day two of their match against Leicestershire at Taunton.

The hosts, resuming on 242-7, took advantage of lacklustre Foxes bowling, with Roelof van der Merwe going for 76.

Marchant de Lange thrashed 75 off 63 balls and Josh Davey added an unbeaten 75 as Somerset declared on 461-9.

Lewis Hill, Rishi Patel and Marcus Harris all fell before the visitors reached 95-3 and rain brought an early end to the day’s proceedings.

Van der Merwe and Davey began the day under cloudy skies on 18 and four respectively, and they added 30 runs to the overnight total before Leicestershire took the…