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Losing toss made it difficult - Bascome

It was a good toss to win, Somerset captain Jekon Edness called it correctly and didn't hesitate to bat first.

Posting a total of 370 in the first innings put the champions in an unbeatable position and left the East Enders trying to avoid a heavy defeat after a first innings deficit of 179 enabled Somerset to enforce the follow-on late yesterday.

“We expected the wicket would play differently the first day and I believe it was a batting paradise the first day,” said Oronde Bascome who returned as St George's captain this year after missing last year's match through illness.

After Somerset made an early breakthrough in the second innings when Malachi Jones bowled OJ Pitcher in the second over and then Treadwell Gibbons was controversially given out, caught at slip, Somerset pegged St George's back even further when colts Christian Burgess and Onias Bascome went cheaply to leave the home team reeling at 62-4.

The captain batted responsibly for 43 with eight fours and was heading to his first 50 in Cup Match when he was trapped lbw.

Eventually veterans Lionel Cann and Rodney Trott saw the team to safety after coming together at 5.43 and then surviving the first 10 overs of the final 20 when the game ended as the light faded.

The unbeaten stand of 54 enabled St. George's to protect their 32-year unbeaten home record.

“The second day the wicket really deteriorated and we had to bat long to try to save the game,” added Bascome.

“On the first day Janeiro Tucker and young Tre Manders did excellent to build a partnership and put on a big innings for Somerset, but coming into the second day we still had faith we could still pull it off, even if we got just a 120-run lead.

“The weather was a big factor and once we had the weather our main focus was to save the game and restore the record of not losing in over 30 years in St. George's.

That was very important to us being that we didn't have anything to play for once we knew that we couldn't win the game on the second day.”

St George's skipper Oronde Bascome (right) celebrates a wicket with teammate Rodney Trott.

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Published August 03, 2013 at 1:47 am (Updated August 03, 2013 at 1:57 am)

Losing toss made it difficult - Bascome

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