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Big semi-finals on the horizon for Somerset's VI and Disabled teams

Somerset’s Visually Impaired cricketers are through to the last four of the BCEW Dave Townley Memorial Twenty20 Cup after beating holders Warwickshire in the quarter-final at Bishops Lydeard at the weekend.

The hosts won the toss and elected to put the defending champions in to bat. A tidy start was required from the opening bowlers, and it didn’t take long for Somerset to hit their straps as Rob Crisp claimed two wickets in the second over, reducing the visitors to 15 for two.

A partnership of 115 was then broken by Graham Glover when he trapped Porter lbw.

Next to go was Powers, caught in the deep by Ed Hossell off brother Rory’s bowling for a very well made 84. Sugg followed Powers’ example and was caught by the same fielder in the very next over off Steve Cooks bowling.

Warwickshire reached 130 for three but then collapsed to 144 all out in the 17th over.

The Hossell brothers, Ed and Rory, opened for Somerset and got their side off to a flying start to see up the 100 partnership in the 11th over. Unfortunately Rory fell just two runs short of what would have been a well deserved half century. His 48 runs came from 35 balls with seven boundaries.

Crisp then helped Ed Hossell (72 not out) score the remaining 20 runs as Somerset recorded an emphatic eight wicket win with six and a half overs remaining. The team now marches on to the T20 Finals Day at Wolverhampton CC on September 22nd.

After topping of the Super9’s National South West League, the Somerset Disabled Cricket team have reached the semi-final stages of the competition which will take place at the Collingham & District Cricket Club in Newark.

Somerset finished top of their group with 137 points, having won four of their matches and lost one, while the last match against Gloucester was abandoned due to poor weather.

This coming Sunday (August 12th) sees the team face Essex, who finished top of the Super9’s South East League.

A full team of eager players will be travelling to the semi-final in what promises to be an exciting and challenging fixture between the two league winners.

The other semi-final is between Shropshire and Hampshire.

The two winners will then progress to the final that will be held at at the Kidderminster Cricket Club on Sunday September 2nd.

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