Over 50′s through to knock-out stages!
Somerset Over 50s are through to the knock out stages of the ECB 50+ County Championship after overcoming the Channel Islands in a close match at North Perrot Cricket Club.
After winning the toss in slightly damp conditions, Somerset lost Graham Poulton (Midsomer Norton) with the total on 13. Dave Stephenson (Taunton Deane) was joined by Simon Hogg (Old Bristolian’s) and they took the score to 36 before Hogg was out for nine. Stephenson went shortly afterwards for 21 and Somerset found themselves 49 for three in the 14th over.
This brought together Mike Fear (Horrington) and Ian Thomas (Brislington) and they put on 56 before Fear went for a typically positive 42, which included seven boundaries. Captain Tony Scott (Brislington) came to the crease at 105 for five and the score progressed to 173 before Scott was dismissed for a crucial 28. Chris Brewer (Crowcombe) made a quick 11 before he was stumped to make it 216-6 in the 35th over. Thomas meanwhile was accumulating runs steadily and had reached his half century off just 45 balls in 68 minutes. He finally fell for a magnificent 94 with the score on 232.
Richard Reeves (Westlands Sports) was bowled to make it 236 for eight but then Clive Hamblin (Frome) and Nigel Belletty (Chew Magna) scored 29 off the last four overs enabling Somerset to end on 266 off their 45 overs.
When the visitors batted Brewer gave Somerset a dream start by having opener Putron caught by Fear without a run on the board. The second wicket pair took the score to 54 before Scott claimed two wickets. Hamlin was next to get among the wickets with the score on 117 leaving the visitors needing 150 off 19 overs with five wickets left. Hamblin then claimed his second wicket to make it 133 for six and things were starting to look serious with 131 required off 15.
However, the Channel Islands kept pushing on but at 208 for eight and with 59 required off six overs it looked to be all over. Another wicket tumbled on 221 but the last pair kept taking their runs until 17 were needed off the last over. Six came off the first ball and they scrambled another four as the Channel Islands required six off the last two balls to tie. The tension was palpable and Piesing went for the big hit, only to be caught by Thomas on the boundary and Somerset won by 6 runs with one ball to spare.
Somerset now play Essex away at Halstead Cricket Club Tomorrow (Sunday).
Anyone interested in becoming involved with Somerset Over 50s Cricket should contact Roger Snelling on 01823 331892 or Ian Chadwick on 07889 926 506.