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From the Archive: Dramatic win sends Somerset to the final

With just a matter of days to go until our 2022 Royal London Cup campaign gets underway, we thought we would take a look back at one of our most dramatic and memorable 50-over victories to get you in the mood!

Today (August 1st) marks the 20 year anniversary of one of Somerset’s most talked about wins.

The year was 2002 and Somerset were looking to retain the C&G Trophy that they had won in fine style the previous year.

After beating Yorkshire Cricket Board, Hampshire and Worcestershire, it was Kent who stood in the way of Somerset and a second final in a row.

The Cooper Associates County Ground was packed to the rafters for this semi-final, but no one could have predicted the drama that was to come that afternoon.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field.

Jamie Cox and Peter Bowler shared an opening stand of 59 and when Bowler fell for 70 to Andrew Symonds the hosts were looking reasonably healthy at 150 for two.

Mike Burns (72) and Ian Blackwell added 90 for the third wicket and when the latter was eventually dismissed for an outstanding 86 from just 53 balls Somerset were 294 for four.

Keith Parsons (32 from 29), Rob Turner (19 from 12) and Keith Dutch (12 from three) all made important contributions as the home side posted a total of 344 for five.

Matthew Fleming (63) and Rob Key (42) shared an opening stand of 100 whilst Symonds (55) and Dave Fulton (48) also made valuable runs.

Four wickets for Keith Parsons got Somerset back into the game, but the visitors were in the box seat, needing nine runs from 15 balls with four wickets in hand.

Everyone was on the edge of their seats.

Which way was this one going to go?

Paul Nixon was run out for 33 to leave Kent on 336 for seven.

James Golding was then sensationally run out by substitute fielder Simon Francis at 338 for eight. Only one run had been added to the total when David Masters was bowled by Matt Bulbeck and the visitors needed just six runs from the final over of the match, bowled by Steffan Jones.

In came Jones; Mark Ealham tried to dispatch the full delivery but Dutch took an excellent diving catch at mid-wicket and Somerset had secured a sensational and unlikely victory!

The euphoria of the players was matched by those in the stands and the Somerset faithful invaded the field to celebrate with their heroes.

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