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  Lewis Goldsworthy- a new Somerset star in born  
 

SOMERSET'S championship match against Middlesex at Taunton once again took supporters on a rollercoaster ride during which almost every human emotion was experienced!

Thankfully on this occasion there was a happy ending and after being behind for much of the game the Cidermen pulled off what at one stage had looked like an unlikely victory by four wickets.

Apart from the result this match will be remembered because it featured the emergence of another young talent from the Somerset Academy as well new records for two of the senior players.

Lewis Goldsworthy a 20 year old all rounder from Camborne in Cornwall was making his debut in the game, after consistently scoring runs in the Second XI- and the right handed batsman who bowls slow left arm certainly made his mark, scoring 80 runs for being out once and featuring in two crucial stads.

The youngster spent his first day was spent in the field in the bitter cold sporting his new cap which appeared to be a little on the large side. He saw very little of the ball and despite Middlesex scoring their runs freely was the only recognised bowler in the side not invited to send down a few overs.

At the end of the day he must have gone back home wondering what first team cricket was all about.

On the second day the youngster duly got his chance when following another poor performance from the top order he found himself walking out to the wicket with the score on 98 for four to face the hostile Middlesex attack that included pacemen Steve Finn, Tom Helm and Tim Murtagh.

Goldsworthy cut a diminutive figure when he took guard, but he confounded his opponents when he opened his account with a perfectly timed hook shot to the mid wicket boundary.

He looked unhurried and in command of the situation right from the start- indeed it would be true to say that he was one of the few Somerset batsman to show any real degree of patience and refrain from chasing every ball.

Together with George Bartlett, himself only a mere 23 year old ,Goldsworthy went onto add 90 vital runs before being out for 39.

The Cornishman faced another pressure situation when he batted for a second time with Somerset chasing 207 for victory, when he made his way out to the middle with the score on 118 for five, and the match in the balance.

Once again he set about his task in a calm and reassured manner and appeared like he had been playing at this level for many years rather than making his debut.

Along with Steve Davies, who played a key role in the unbroken partnership of 86, the youngster remained out in the middle until he hit the winning runs to see Somerset to victory, by which time he’d moved onto 41 while Davies was 44 not out.

In Goldsworthy the Cidermen look to have uncovered a real gem, a batsman who has time on the ball, and a rarity in this day and age, he isn’t looking to dispatch every delivery to the boundary- plus he bowls slow left arm.

He should have a big future in the game and and can expect to find himself included in the line up for many years to come.

Meanwhile during the course of his first innings James Hildreth who will celebrate his 37th birthday in September became Somerset’s fourth highest run scorer in the county championship.

Over the years Hildreth has been the mainstay of an often fragile batting line up and he now ranks number four in the order after Harold Gimblett 21,142, Marcus Trescothick 19,654 and Peter Wight 16,965, he has now notched up 16,690 runs.

Another record breaking player in the Middlesex game was wicket-keeper Steve Davies who claimed his 600th first class career victim. The 34 year old started with his native Worcestershire in 2003 before joining Surrey in 2010 and moved west to join the Cidermen in 2017. Since then he has proved to be a very reliable ‘keeper and has scored some crucial runs.



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