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Jamie, Pete and Corey see off Surrey

Jamie Overton, Peter Trego and Corey Anderson led the way as Somerset cemented their position at the top of the South Group with a four-wicket Vitality Blast victory over Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The visitors posted 176 for eight, thanks largely to teenager Will Jacks, who hit 53 off 31 balls, and the experienced Riki Clarke (32). Overton continued his resurgence after injury with four for 24, while leg-spinner Max Waller conceded only 15 from four overs.

In reply, Somerset recovered from a shaky start to reach 177 for six with five balls to spare, Trego hitting 70 off 54 balls and Anderson 53 from 31 as their fifth-wicket partnership yielded 104 runs in 10.3 overs

Surrey got off to the worst possible start after losing the toss. Jason Roy played the opening delivery of the game from Waller onto the leg side and Rory Burns was run out at the bowler’s end by Jerome Taylor, having set off for a single. Soon it was 20 for three as Nic Maddinson was caught off a skyer, having been dropped the previous ball, and Roy fell to a brilliant one-handed catch by Taylor at mid-wicket in the same Overton over.

When Ben Foakes fell to Roelof van der Merwe for 13 in the seventh over Surrey were 52 for four. However, Jacks and Clarke launched a spirited counter-attack with a stand of 69 in six overs.

The ninth over of the game, from van der Merwe, cost 26 as Clarke struck one six and Jacks two to give the innings momentum. By the time Overton had Jacks caught by Tom Abell at deep mid-wicket, the 19-year-old had cleared the ropes six times.

Clarke quickly followed, having hit three fours and two sixes, and despite handy contributions from Tom Curran and Freddie van den Bergh, Surrey looked short of a par score.

It didn’t appear that way when openers Johann Myburgh and Steve Davies perished in the second over of Somerset’s innings, bowled by Morne Morkel.

By the end of the power-play the hosts had moved to 47 for three, James Hildreth having fallen for 14 to a fine diving catch at cover by Clarke to give Morkel (three for 30) his third wicket.

Trego hit Gareth Batty for six, but the off-spinner responded by having Tom Abell pouched at deep backward square and at 55 for four Somerset were in a spot of bother.

 

However, Anderson was soon counter-attacking in typical style, hitting two big sixes in the 11th over, bowled by van den Bergh, while the evergreen Trego had settled in to play with similar panache, reaching his fifty off 34 balls.

Together the pair accelerated their partnership to perfection before both falling at the death as a day that had threatened rain ended in bright sunshine, with home supporters in the 7,000 crowd in jubilant mood.

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After the match Peter Trego said: “They are a good outfit and have some hugely dangerous players in their squad. It was great to see Jamie Overton get the Man of the Match award for his four for 24, but I thought that Max Waller bowled very well too only conceding 15 runs in his four overs. That was huge in the context of the game.

“We felt pretty confident at the halfway stage that we could chase down their total because we know that par for here is 190ish. It’s great the way that we are playing at the moment. I’ve played in a lot of one-day teams but in this side we seem to have so many different people who step up.

“It’s amazing being at the other end watching Corey hitting his sixes. It meant that I could just wait and pick my gaps and hit a couple of boundaries. We were talking out there about me maybe anchoring the partnership and he was going to carry on hitting. He does it so well and makes it look easy at the other end.

“This is one of those competitions where momentum is key. You don’t take your foot off the gas and we will be flat out for the next two games as well and hopefully we can take that form into the next stage.”

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