CricInfo Championship: Someset v Leicestershire at Taunton, 7-10 Aug 2001
Richard Latham

Somerset 1st innings: Tea - Day 2,
Leicestershire 1st innings: Lunch - Day 2,
Leicestershire 2nd innings: Stumps - Day 2,
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JOHNSON SWINGS MATCH IN SOMERSET'S FAVOUR

Rob Turner and Richard Johnson rescued title-challenging Somerset with an eighth-wicket stand of 109 on an action-packed second day of the CricInfo Championsip match with Leicestershire at Taunton.

Leicestershire's total had reached the unlikely heights of 277 in the morning session after Devon Malcolm, with a run-a-ball fifty, and Scott Boswell had put on 69 for the last wicket.

It was the second half-century of Malcolm's 17-year career and the former England paceman was only one short of his highest score, made for Derbyshire against Surrey in 1989, when he cut a Steffan Jones delivery to Ian Blackwell on the backward point boundary.

Somerset found their own lower order hero in Johnson, whose 70-ball innings of 68 dominated the partnership with Turner and included 12 fours and a six.

He also fell within a run of his previous best, made for Middlesex against Essex last year, when he carved a ball from James Ormond to Trevor Ward at third man. Johnson had been given two escapes when he was dropped in the deep by Shahid Afridi and Ward on 38 and 48 respectively.

But there was nothing fortunate about Turner's 140-ball innings of 93, which contained 13 fours.

He received more good support from Jones in a ninth-wicket stand of 46 before he was denied his second century of the season by Darren Maddy's catch at mid-wicket off Boswell.

Earlier, Somerset had lost skipper Jamie Cox for a duck when he was run out by Iain Sutcliffe's direct hit from mid-wicket.

Four wickets fell in seven overs soon after lunch and when Ian Blackwell was then caught at slip off Malcolm, Somerset had slumped to 84-6.

But Keith Dutch helped Turner put on 57 for the seventh wicket, before being caught behind down the legside, and then Johnson took charge to swing the game slightly Somerset's way.

Johnson had the final say on an absorbing day when he bowled Sutcliffe in the last over to leave Leicestershire on 19-1.



TURNER AND JOHNSON REVIVE SOMERSET

James Ormond and Scott Boswell claimed two wickets apiece as Leicestershire's bowlers built on the batting heroics of Devon Malcolm in the match with Somerset at Taunton.

Malcolm and Boswell lifted the Leicestershire total to the unexpected heights of 277 in the morning sesson with a last-wicket partnership of 69 in 16 overs.

Malcolm dominated the stand with seven fours and a six in his run-a-ball fifty before he was bowled by Mike Burns.

It was only the second half-century of his 17-year career and he fell one short of his career-best for Derbyshire against Surrey in 1989.

Somerset skipper Jamie Cox was run out by Iain Sutcliffe's direct hit in the second over of the reply, and then four wickets tumbled in seven overs shortly after lunch.

Boswell accounted for Matt Wood and Peter Bowler, while Ormond removed Burns and Mark Lathwell.

Rob Turner and Keith Dutch revived the winnings with a seventh-wicket stand of 57.

Then, after Dutch was caught down the legside by wicket-keeper Neil Burns off Shahid Afridi, Turner and Richard Johnson added 65 in just 11 overs up to tea to make it 206 for seven at the interval.

Turner reached his fifty from 70 balls with eight fours, while Johnson blazed 11 boundaries in his 36-ball half-century.



MALCOLM FRUSTRATES SOMERSET WITH THE BAT

Devon Malcolm scored the second half-century of his 17-year career to frustrate title hopefuls Somerset in the CricInfo Championship Division One match at Taunton.

The former England pace bowler made a run-a-ball fifty as he and Scott Boswell, who made 16 not out, put on 69 in 16 overs for the last wicket.

Malcolm was just one short of his career best, achieved for Derbyshire against Surrey in 1989, when he had his off stump uprooted by Mike Burns.

His fifty contained seven fours and a straight six off Matt Bulbeck and lifted Leicestershire's total to 277 and an improbable second batting bonus point.

Burns finished with a career best 6-54, while Steffan Jones claimed the other Leicestershire wicket to fall in the morning when he had Shahid Afridi caught by Ian Blackwell on the backward point boundary for 69.

Somerset's reply started poorly when captain Jamie Cox, sent back by Matt Wood, was run out for a duck by Iain Sutcliffe's direct hit from mid-wicket.

Wood took successive fours off Boswell as he reached 23 at lunch in a total of 30-1.

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