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James Rew, Tom Banton make contrasting maiden tons in dull draw

Essex 505 for 9 declared (Browne 234*, Walter 86) and 30 for 1 drew with Somerset 605 for six declared (Renshaw 146, Banton 126, Rew 101*, Abell 90 retired harm)

Tom Banton and James Rew celebrated contrasting maiden LV= Insurance coverage County Championship centuries as Somerset and Essex meandered to the inevitable draw.

Tremendous-sub Banton solely entered the match at the start of the day as a concussion alternative for Lewis Goldsworthy and loved himself with a scintillating 126 off 120 balls.

Rew, the 18-year-old who solely made his Championship debut final month, was the image of serenity all through his vigil. As Nick Browne and Matt Renshaw earlier than him, he floor the bowlers down and ended unbeaten on 101.

Essex’s title hopes took an enormous hit in opposition to Surrey final week, and this stalemate all however ends them, whereas Somerset stay within the relegation locations – each side taking 12 factors away from the Cloud County Floor, Chelmsford.

The Somerset scorecard turned a curiosity firstly of the play. Seven batters had began their innings, three had been dismissed, and 4 not out batters had been listed.

Tom Abell had already halted his innings on 90 after injuring his hamstring on day three whereas trying a shortly run second. Head coach Jason Kerr stated a scan would seemingly happen on Friday as soon as the squad arrives again at Taunton – with Hundred facet Birmingham Phoenix most eager to listen to the prognosis.

Whereas Abell may technically proceed, Lewis Goldsworthy’s absence from the match was everlasting. The 21-year-old had turned his head right into a Shane Snater quick supply, however regardless of present process two concussion assessments on the sector, it was determined in a single day that his situation had worsened.

Banton changed him within the XI and confirmed an attacking aptitude not often seen throughout this match. He appeared significantly eager to get on prime of Simon Harmer with sweep pictures, usually from effectively outdoors his off stump.

He had beforehand topped out at 79 within the Championship however strolled to his ninth profession fifty, and third of the season, in 66 balls. The gasoline was effectively and really turned on within the 146 over as he took Dan Lawrence down.

3 times in that single over he swung excessive over deep midwicket and in the direction of the Somerset tent, simply so as to add a flourish he slog-swept one other six within the following over off Harmer.

Matt Critchley wasn’t immune from the Banton barrage, with two extra big heaves over the leg facet quickly after.

Banton, who had scored 92 runs within the morning session, had solely performed 27 first-class matches forward of this match and went to 3 figures in 104 balls with a flick to the leg facet and a fist pump.

On the different finish, Rew gathered together with his compact set-up. Dangers had been not often taken, however reverse sweeps had been constantly timed impeccably. He reached his maiden century in 209 balls.

Rew and Banton placed on 164, with 199 runs in complete added for the fourth wicket, earlier than the latter was caught at long-on, quickly after he had been dropped in the identical place.

“It’s a unusual feeling,” Rew stated. “It has come round actually shortly, I’ve solely been within the facet for the previous couple of video games and right now I’ve managed to get a number of right now. It has been an honour actually.

“It was a troublesome battle with Harmer. He bowled very well and I can see why he is without doubt one of the finest. Each ball is a problem. Hopefully, I will be going through extra bowlers like that sooner or later. It was a pleasure to be on the market with Bants. I watched him rising up rather a lot. He stored me in my field.”

Banton stated: “It was a bizarre one. I awakened this morning at about 9am and simply cruised into the bottom. I knew Golders was 50/50 however I actually did not hit any balls earlier than the sport in order that could be a key to success shifting towards.

“We talked about being proactive in opposition to Harmer and right now it has come off. I took my probability and that wicket was in all probability excellent for sweeping. I stored reminding Rewy to not get carried away about how I used to be enjoying and to play his personal means. Everyone seems to be so glad for him.

“I used to be joking after I got here off that I by no means thought I might get a pink ball hundred. To get one within the column is a pleasant feeling. I wasn’t meant to be enjoying, and hopefully Golders can be again quickly, so I am not going to get carried away. The sport is such a leveller we all know what’s going to occur subsequent week.

“It was flat and sluggish from day one however then footholes appeared and there was extra flip.”

Rew and Lewis Gregory ticked by means of one other 70 runs earlier than Gregory was run out and Craig Overton was stumped earlier than tea, which introduced a declaration with a 100-run lead.

Browne, who had been left 234 not out within the first innings, solely lasted 5 balls earlier than edging Peter Siddle to Renshaw at first slip however that’s the place the joy began and ended as Tom Westley and Paul Walter dropped anchor.

The sport was put out of its distress at 5pm having seen 1,140 runs and solely 16 wickets fell throughout 4 humdrum days.

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