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County Championship: Banton and Liu hit ton when Somerset draws with Essex in Chelmsford

Tom Banton became the first concussion substitute in the first century, surpassing his previous first-class highest score of 79.
LV = County Championship Division 1, Cloud County Ground (Day 4):
Essex 505-9dec & 30-1: Walter 15 *
Somerset 605-6dec: Renshaw 146, Banton 126, Rew 101 *; Harmer 2-123
Essex (12 points) was drawn with Somerset (12 points)

Tom Banton and James Lou celebrated a century of contrasting Maiden County Championships when Somerset and Essex lost their way into an inevitable draw.

Banton only played at the beginning of the day as a replacement for Luis Galsworthy’s concussion, but enjoyed 126 to 126 shimmering balls.

The 18-year-old Liu, who just made his championship debut last month, was a picture of the tranquility on alert. He knocked the bowler to the ground and ended up undefeated at 101, as Nick Brown and Matt Renshaw did before him.

Essex’s hope for the title hit Sally last week, and the stalemate ended them, but Somerset remains in a relegation location after both sides are 12 points away from Chelmsford.

Somerset scorecards became curious at the beginning of the day’s play. Seven started innings, three were fired, and four batters were not listed.

Tom Abel stopped the innings on the 90th after injuring his hamstring on the third day and attempted a second quick run. Head coach Jason Carr said the scan was likely to take place on Friday when the team returned to Taunton, and Birmingham Phoenix on the hundred side was most enthusiastic about hearing the diagnosis.

Abel was able to continue technically, but Galsworthy’s absence from the match was permanent. The 21-year-old turned his head into Shane Snator’s quick delivery, but it was decided overnight that his condition had deteriorated despite having two concussion tests in the field. rice field.

Banton replaced him and showed an aggressive talent rarely seen in this match. He often appeared to be particularly keen on riding on Simon Harmer in sweep shots, from well outside his stump.

He previously topped the championship with 79 in 27 first class games, but walked with 66 balls to his ninth career of 50 and his third season. Gas was often and really turned on for the 146th time when he defeated Dan Lawrence.

Three times in that single over, he swung high over the deep mid-wicket towards the Somerset tent and slow-swept the next six times off Harmer to add prosperity.

Matt Clitchley was unaffected by the Banton Dam. Immediately after that, two more huge leg-side ridges followed.

Having recorded 92 runs in the morning session, Banton went to three numbers with 104 balls with a flick to the legside and a fist pump.

Rew, on the other hand, has accumulated in a compact setup. Although I rarely took risks, the reverse sweep was consistently and perfectly timed. He reached the first century with 209 balls.

Rew and Banton scored 164, adding a total of 199 runs to the fourth wicket, but the latter was captured for a long time shortly after being dropped in the same position.

Before Gregory ran out, Liu and Luis Gregory recorded another 70 runs, and Craig Overton was confused before the tea and brought the declaration with a lead of 100 runs.

Brown, who had 234 left in the first inning, only lasted five balls before edging Peter Siddle to Renshaw on the first slip, but Tom Westley and Paul Walter dropped the anchor and The game is 1,140 runs and 16 wickets in noisy 4 days.

Essex Head Coach Anthony McGrath:

“From day one, I almost knew that it would end up depending on how the pitch was. All you can do is become a professional.

“The way Nick Brown and Paul Walter struck set the innings for us. Somerset struck well to be fair, especially the three young men who got hundreds.

“I just don’t want to get hurt on a day like this. Alastair Cook and Adam Rossington got injured and left the pitch, so I tried to take care of the team as much as possible.”

Somerset Centurion Tom Banton:

“When I got off, I was joking that I didn’t expect to get a hundred red balls. It feels good to put it in the column.

“I didn’t mean to play. It was weird. I got up around 9am and just ran to the ground. I knew the Golders were 50/50, but in the game You literally didn’t hit the ball before, so it may be the key to success.

“We talked about being aggressive towards Harmer, and it came off. I seized the opportunity, and the ticket gate was probably perfect for cleaning.

“I kept reminding Rewai not to get absorbed in his play and to play his way. Everyone is very happy with him.”

Somerset Centurion James Lou:

“It’s a weird feeling. It happened really quickly, I was just on the side for the last few games and I got some today. It’s really an honor.

“It was a tough fight with Harmer. He bowled really well. You can see why he is one of the best.

“Every ball is a challenge. Hopefully I will face more such bowlers in the future.

“It was an honor to be with Bants. I saw him grow a lot. He put me in my box.”

A report provided by the ECB Reporter Network.