Somerset fall just short in Lord’s run chase
Dawid Malan hit 53 not out from 28 balls to display the batting form that has won him an England T20 call-up as Middlesex came out on top by just four runs in a thrilling NatWest T20 Blast South Group match.
The game was reduced to nine overs per side due to the poor weather and after being put in by Somerset Captain Jim Allenby the home side posted a total of 92 for three. In reply Somerset fell agonisingly short as they reached 88 for six from their allotted overs.
Steven Finn bowled the crucial last over and held his nerve despite bowling a no ball straight after having Jamie Overton caught by Brendon McCullum at long on from the third ball. That produced a free hit, from which Craig Overton collected two runs for a smear to leg, but a dot ball from a full delivery and then a single to extra cover clinched the game for Middlesex.
Allenby top-scored with 17, Johann Myburgh was superbly held by a diving Finn at wide long on for 12 and Mahela Jayawardene fell for a first ball duck when he was spectacularly caught by Paul Stirling diving to his right at point off a full-blooded cut at Fuller. Peter Trego hit three fours in his 14 before being bowled by leg spinner Nathan Sowter.
Somerset needed 29 to win from the last three overs after their top order had got them to 64 for four after the first 36 balls of the innings. Lewis Gregory was then caught by McCullum at long on for 10. Roelof van der Merwe slashed Fuller high over cover for six but the final over began with 13 runs still needed.
After the game Jim Allenby said: “We were happy to keep them to that total and we should have chased it down. No one in our side managed to play the sort of innings that Dawid Malan played for them. Even someone getting 30 would have been good. We had our chances to win at the end but we couldn’t take them. It was a good game of cricket and the conditions were fine.”