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Somerset came within a whisker of making it to a Lord’s final in the Royal London One-Day Cup last year and Jim Allenby’s side are determined to go one better in 2017!
The Road to Lord’s begins at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Friday April 28th when we entertain Surrey and ahead of that match we thought we would take a look at the highlights from last years competition.
What a way to start!
A win against your local rivals is always memorable but it’s even more special when the game goes right down to the wire!
Our opening match in last season’s competition had all the ingredients for a classic encounter; a local derby, a packed house, good weather plus all the action was live of Sky Sports.
Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl and it looked like a good decision as Michael Klinger was bowled by Craig Overton for six to leave the visitors on 23 for one. Gareth Roderick was then superbly caught by Roelof van der Merwe for nine off the bowling of Lewis Gregory with the score on 51. Hamish Marshall was bowled by Peter Trego for just 14 and when Ian Cockbain was run out for 0 by van der Merwe just one ball later Gloucestershire were in real trouble at 94 for four.
However, 100 from Chris Dent took the visitors to 161 before he was caught by van der Merwe to give Tim Groenewald a wicket. A 51 run partnership between Benny Howell and Jack Taylor then steered Gloucestershire towards a competitive total and they were eventually dismissed for 260 from exactly 50 overs. It was quite an afternoon for van der Merwe who claimed three for 51 from nine overs, took three catches and also ran out Cockbain.
Chasing 261 for victory, Somerset slipped to 15 for two but a 64 run partnership between Johann Myburgh and Jim Allenby put the hosts back on track. Allenby departed with the score on 79 but Myburgh went on to score 81 before making his way back to the pavilion with the score on 166 for four. Wickets then began to fall at regular intervals and Somerset were staring down the barrel at 198 for nine.
With the home fans now biting their nails, Jamie Overton and Tim Groenewald produced a stunning 65 run unbeaten stand to see Somerset to a remarkable one wicket win in the very last over.
When Overton smashed Craig Miles for four off the third ball of the 50th over, the crowd and player’s balcony alike went mad!
Putting Sussex to the sword
Sussex were the visitors to Taunton for our final home group match of the campaign on July 30th.
Somerset won the toss and elected to bat but we found ourselves struggling on 47 for three as Jofra Archer removed our top three. However, a maiden List A century from Tom Abell rescued the situation but Somerset were all out for 237 from 48.1 overs.
Somerset need an early breakthrough and it was supplied by Josh Davey who trapped Philip Salt lbw with the score on just one. The home bowlers were outstanding as they defended the small total and they restricted the visiting batsmen to less than five runs per over. Ed Joyce and Ajmal Shahzad top scored with 39 but wickets fell at regular intervals ensuring that Somerset restricted Sussex to 227 for nine and therefore won by 10 runs. This result ensured that Somerset qualified for the quarter-finals.
After the match Tom Abell said: “It doesn’t get much better than that! I feel absolutely chuffed for the whole squad and the Club and this win means a home quarter final so it has been a really good day. I think it was a good wicket and they bowled really well to give credit to them. Cricket is a funny game and we thought we were under par but then we came out and bowled brilliantly and were absolutely awesome in the field. Credit to all the bowlers and it bodes well for us moving forward.”
Quarter Final glory
Having topped the South Group with an impressive 13 points from our eight matches Somerset qualified for a home quarter-final.
Worcestershire were the visitors to a sold out Cooper Associates County Ground in the last eight encounter on August 17th.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat but it was Somerset who made the better start Worcestershire first three wickets fell for just 42 runs. However, a partnership of 113 between Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell got their side back in to the game. Peter Trego claimed the prize wicket of Ali for 81 and then removed Mitchell for 64 and from that point on Somerset were in control as Worcestershire slipped from 175 for five to 210 all out from 42.5 overs. Trego finished with figures of three for 33 from his eight overs whilst Craig Overton and Josh Davey both claimed two wickets each.
Somerset made short work of chasing 211 as openers Jim Allenby and Mahela Jayawardene put on 188 for the first wicket. Allenby was the man to go for 81 but Jayawardene went on to make 117 not out and it was only fitting that the Sri Lankan legend hit the winning runs in his final appearance for Somerset as the home side eased through to the semi-final courtesy of an impressive nine wicket victory with 79 balls to spare.
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