2 days to go until Membership launch
There are now just two days to go until Membership for 2016 goes on sale and therefore today sees us look back on what you voted as your second most memorable moment of 2015.
When Abdur Rehman hit Matt Carter to the mid wicket boundary he completed a memorable two wicket victory for Somerset over Nottinghamshire at the County Ground in June.
Chasing 401 for victory in the fourth innings on a wicket that helped the spinners, Somerset are indebted to overnight batsmen Peter Trego and Jim Allenby who both completed half centuries and added more than 100 runs together to pave the way for this incredible win.
Afterward the match Somerset Captain Marcus Trescothick summed things up perfectly: “This was a brilliant game of cricket and we capped it off with a fantastic ending. It was fairly tight but if you look at the cricket that was played over the three and a half days it has been good quality. The pitch was fantastic and made for some good cricket and I am delighted that we came out with a victory to top it off.”
Somerset were 200 runs behind on the first innings about which the Captain said: “ You are always trying to fight back hard from that position but you have it in the back of your mind at Taunton that you can graft and get runs, which we saw against Middlesex here earlier this season.”
Talking about the match winning partnership between Trego and Allenby the skipper said: “ It wasn’t just the amount of runs they got it was the positive way they went about it. You need to score the runs quickly or else the pressure builds up. I am delighted for Tregs and Jim and their partnership was absolutely crucial in the context of the game.”
Resuming on 274 for five and still needing 127 to win, Allenby and Trego took full advantage of the five remaining overs before the new ball was due. Trego went to his half century when he took four off Ben Hilfenhaus through the covers, his 50 coming off 63 balls with 10 fours. Allenby went to his half century when he drove the same bowler to square cover- his runs coming off 77 balls with six fours and one six.
The pair were edging ever closer to what had earlier in the match seemed an unlikely victory and in the 90th over the 350 came up leaving another 51 runs needed. Allenby had moved onto 62 when he was lbw to Samit Patel with the score on 359 for six. New batsman Tim Groenewald was dropped on two by Hilfenhaus but three balls later in the same over Trego was caught at first slip.
With 36 runs needed a lot depended on ‘keeper Michael Bates who seemed very calm considering the situation he faced. Groenewald had moved onto 13 when he was lbw to Patel which left Somerset eight wickets down and needing 20 for victory when Abdur Rehman made his way out to join Bates.
The home fans needn’t have worried as the Pakistani spinner hit three boundaries off four balls from Carter to see Somerset home by two wickets, sparking scenes of great celebration on the Somerset balcony.
What will be our first moment of 2015? Check back here tomorrow to find out.
Remember that 2016 Membership goes on sale on Monday.
Membership renewal packs will be sent out week commencing Monday November 9th.