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This means that we have reached the end of our countdown of your favourite moments of 2015.
What moment did you vote for as the most memorable? Lets just say that it involves a certain left hander from the West Indies who claimed 28% of your vote!
Big hitter Chris Gayle took the County Ground by storm this summer and announced his arrival with an innings the like of which has never been witnessed at the County Ground.
Gayle scored a new Somerset T20 record innings of 151 not out against Kent at the County Ground on May 31st.
The West Indian super star’s score was the sixth highest in the history of T20 and contained 10 fours and 15 massive sixes in an innings which will remain in the memory of those present for the rest of their days.
Gayle cleared the Colin Atkinson Pavilion twice as well as launching the ball over the Ian Botham Stand and into the St James’ churchyard on a number of occasions in an innings that will be talked about for many years to come.
This was his 15th century in t20 cricket, a quite phenomenal achievement but unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough to see Somerset home on this occasion.
After choosing to bat first Kent openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly had taken the score to 11 when Denly was run out by Max Waller. New batsman Sam Northeast and Bell-Drummond then added 95 together before the latter was caught for 51. Northeast and Sam Billings had seen the total on to 185 when Tanveer had the latter caught by Alfonso Thomas for 24 but Northeast eventually went to his century off 51 balls. Kent lost four wickets in the last over though with Thomas claiming three of them as the visitors posted 227 for seven. Thomas ended with three for 46 while Jim Allenby was the most economic of the home bowlers as his two overs went for only 15 runs.
The Somerset response started slowly with only 22 coming off the first three overs, before Trescothick was caught at point by Fabian Cowdrey at cover point for seven. Pete Trego went two balls later for no score which brought James Hildreth to the wicket to join Gayle. In the next over Gayle found his rhythm and hit the first of his sixes when he straight drove Calum Haggett back over his head just wide of Gimblett’s Hill.
Gayle hit two maximums off the next over, one over the Colin Atkinson Pavilion and the second between the Trescothick and Somerset Stands. He then helped to take 24 off the 10th over at the end of which Somerset had moved onto 105. There was a still a long way to go, but Gayle was undaunted by the task ahead and in the 11th over smote two more sixes, this time off Matt Coles, one into the Somerset Stand and the other into the churchyard.
The third wicket pair took the score onto 135 before Hildreth was caught by Denly off Stevens for 29. The partnership had added 113 runs in nine overs. Gayle kept on with his big hitting antics and when he took a rare single off Adam Riley he went to his 100 from 45 balls with six 4′s and 10 sixes.
Allenby saw up the 150 with a boundary to cover and with 15 overs gone Somerset still needed 69 to win. The first ball of the 16th over was hit for six by Allenby but he was bowled next ball by Riley. Tom Cooper straight drove Haggett for six but later in the over he tried to clear the boundary again and was caught just inside the ropes. Gregory was then bowled without scoring. Just when the Somerset faithful thought the game was slipping away, Gayle produced another big six to keep the dream alive.
Gayle hit a six into the netting of the second level of the new Somerset Pavilion to see up the 200 in the 19th over and off the last delivery he smashed another flat batted maximum. Going into the last over Somerset needed 17 to win, which was still possible. However Tanveer was caught in the deep off Claydon. Jamie Overton then took a single off the second ball leaving 16 needed off four balls.
Claydon kept his cool and despite Gayle taking two off the third ball and four off the next, the fifth delivery was a dot ball which meant that Kent had won despite Gayle producing one more maximum off the last ball.
Afterwards Matt Maynard said: “I thought Sam Northeast played a sensational innings, but then the World Boss came in and it was different gravy. However good Sam’s innings was it just pales a little bit. But that’s what Chris can do. We saw him in Essex the other day and today was an even more incredible performance. Words can’t explain exactly what we have seen today. He makes it looks so easy and strikes the ball so cleanly. His knock almost brought off an incredible win today, but it just wasn’t to be.”
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