Tendulkar scalp a prized maiden wicket for Meschede

Somerset’s teenaged all-rounder Craig Meschede will remember his maiden first class wicket for the rest of his life.

It happened to be that of Sachin Tendulkar, who edged a catch to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler in the first innings of India’s three-day tour match at Taunton.

The ‘Little Master’ had made 26 when attempting to drive the medium pace of Meschede, bowling from the Old Pavilion End.

Meschede said: “It was a surreal moment getting Sachin out. I’ll never forget it because he is such an amazing player. I’ve grown up watching him make runs all around the world so to take his wicket is incredible.

“To be honest, I was just trying to avoid him hitting me for four. It was a full length ball and he snicked a drive. For once he made a mistake and I was the lucky bowler.”

Standing at slip for 19-year-old Meschede’s big moment was none other than England captain Andrew Strauss, making a guest appearance for Somerset. No one will have been more delighted to see Tendulkar denied the opportunity of a long innings following his two-month break from international cricket.

“Andrew Strauss said ‘well done’ to me,” said Johannesburg-born Meschede, who qualifies as a non-overseas player through his German father. “It was great to have him in the team and the boys were all trying to impress him as much as possible.”

Among the other Somerset players who will have caught Strauss’ eye over the course of a game the county dominated were Arul Suppiah, who made a career-best 156, and Peter Trego, who smashed seven sixes in contributing 85 not out to a stand of 129 with the England skipper in the second innings.

Both are ambitious to play for England and Trego said: “Hopefully I have done my cause some good.”

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