From the Archive: Somerset v Pakistan 2010

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During the course of the year we regularly delve into the Club’s comprehensive archives to bring you a reminder of a dramatic match or an incredible individual performance.

Today we go back to September 2nd 2010 when Somerset took on Pakistan in a 50-over match.

The tourists arrived in Taunton against a backdrop of tabloid allegations regarding an alleged betting scandal. Press scrutiny was high as Pakistan trained at the home of Somerset County Cricket Club the day before the match as the worlds media descended on the County Ground.

When the matchday arrived, Somerset Captain, Peter Trego won the toss and elected to field. Somerset’s skipper for the day also announced that an 18-year-old by the name of Lewis Gregory would be making his Somerset debut.

The large crowd were hoping for a dramatic encounter and they weren’t disappointed.

Somerset made an early breakthrough when Mark Turner dismissed Mohammad Hafeez for a duck courtesy of a catch from Zander de Bruyn to leave the tourists on six for one in the fourth over.

Things got even better just three balls later when Gregory took a catch to give Turner his second wicket of the over without further addition to the score. Future Somerset batsman Azhar Ali was the man to depart on this occasion.

Mohammad Yousuf was the next man to fall, run out by Trego from the last ball of the tenth over as Pakistan slipped to 42 for three.

However, Shahzaib Hasan and Fawad Alam showed international class as they took the score to 211 before the former was caught by Turner from the bowling of de Bruyn for a classy 105.

Gregory was the next man to strike when he claimed his first wicket for the Club, and it wasn’t a bad one to get. Pakistan Captain, Shahid Afridi was the victim of another de Bruyn catch as Gregory claimed a prized and maiden scalp.

Fawad Alam eventually fell to Turner for 97 in the 45th over with the score on 245 for six but there was still time for Gregory to claim three more victims as Pakistan finished on 264 all out from 47.3 overs.

Gregory was the pick of the home bowlers on a day that he will never forget. The debutant finished with four for 49 from his ten overs.

Somerset lost Craig Kieswetter early on but Nick Compton and de Bruyn got the hosts back on track and took the score to 105 before Compton fell for 50.

James Hildreth made 31 before being caught and bowled by Afridi and when Trego was stumped by Kamran Akmal Somerset were very much still in the hunt at 199 for four after 43 overs.

De Bruyn was in imperious form on the day and went to his century from 132 balls.

Unfortunately for Somerset and the large crowd, the home side just fell short of their required target despite the heroics of de Bruyn, who made a career-best 122 not out.

The tourists were able to put their off-field drama behind them on the day and claimed a narrow victory by just eight runs.

Despite the disappointment, those present were treated to a dramatic match which featured some high quality cricket and a glimpse of what a young allrounder from Devon would do for Somerset in the future.

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