Somerset v Essex
County Championship 1974
VenueCounty Ground, Taunton on 6th, 8th, 9th July 1974 (3-day match)
Balls per over6
TossSomerset won the toss and decided to bat
ResultMatch drawn
PointsSomerset 7 (Batting 4, Bowling 3); Essex 6 (Batting 3, Bowling 3)
UmpiresAE Fagg, AGT Whitehead
Close of play day 1Essex (1) 69/1 (Hardie 35*, McEwan 24*)
Close of play day 2Somerset (2) 123/3 (Taylor 57*, Botham 0*)

Somerset first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
MJ Kitchenc Lever b Hobbs77     
+DJS Taylorc Hardie b Hobbs27     
PW Denningc Acfield b Lever38     
IVA Richardslbw b Hobbs0     
*DB Closec Lever b East75     
JM Parksc Cooke b East37     
IT Bothamb Turner21     
D Breakwellb Lever3     
BA Langfordnot out0     
HR Moseleynot out1     
AA Jonesdid not bat      
Extras(1 b, 19 lb, 5 nb, 1 w)26
Total(8 wickets, innings closed, 100 overs)305
Fall of wickets:
1-65, 2-158, 3-158, 4-168, 5-267, 6-288, 7-304, 8-304
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Lever18   5402--
Turner20   5501--
Edmeades6   0160--
Acfield20   4490--
Hobbs30   5863--
East6   0382--

Essex first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
BEA Edmeadeslbw b Jones6     
BR Hardieb Moseley35     
KS McEwanrun out90     
RMO Cookeb Langford31     
GA Goochc and b Moseley37     
S Turnerlbw b Langford36     
RE Eastlbw b Jones13     
*RNS Hobbsc Richards b Langford2     
DL Acfieldnot out5     
+N Smithdid not bat      
JK Leverdid not bat      
Extras(4 b, 7 lb, 6 nb)17
Total(8 wickets, innings closed, 100 overs)272
Fall of wickets:
1-10, 2-72, 3-148, 4-185, 5-251, 6-256, 7-258, 8-272 (100 ov)
Somerset bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Jones22   6552--
Moseley26   7552--
Botham9   1260--
Langford32   12623--
Breakwell11   2570--

Somerset second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
MJ Kitchenb Turner2     
+DJS Taylorb Turner60     
PW Denningb Acfield20     
IVA Richardsb Turner36     
IT Bothamb Hobbs9     
*DB Closenot out35     
JM Parksc McEwan b Turner0     
D Breakwellnot out45     
BA Langforddid not bat      
HR Moseleydid not bat      
AA Jonesdid not bat      
Extras(10 b, 4 lb, 6 nb)20
Total(6 wickets, declared, 101 overs)227
Fall of wickets:
1-5, 2-61, 3-122, 4-135, 5-135, 6-135
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Lever15   4420--
Turner23   14224--
Edmeades8   4150--
Acfield25   3621--
Hobbs17   4431--
East13   5230--

Essex second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
BEA Edmeadesc Taylor b Langford34     
BR Hardiec Taylor b Moseley0     
KS McEwanc Jones b Langford30     
RMO Cookenot out37     
GA Goochb Close22     
S Turnernot out6     
RE Eastdid not bat      
*RNS Hobbsdid not bat      
DL Acfielddid not bat      
+N Smithdid not bat      
JK Leverdid not bat      
Extras(2 b, 1 lb, 1 nb)4
Total(4 wickets, 61 overs)133
Fall of wickets:
1-4, 2-59, 3-69, 4-127
Somerset bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Jones5   0260--
Moseley8   3151--
Langford21   12332--
Breakwell14   6330--
Parks2   1100--
Close11   8121--

--> The first innings of the match was limited to 100 overs; the total overs for both teams first innings was limited to 200 overs
--> MJ Kitchen (1) passed 12000 runs in County Championship matches when he reached 5
--> DB Close (1) passed 31000 runs in first-class matches when he reached 42
--> JK Lever reached 350 wickets in County Championship matches when taking his 1st wicket in the Somerset first innings





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