One Week to go until Blast Off
There is now just one week to go until Somerset get the 2018 Vitality Blast season underway with a sold out local derby against Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
To get you in the mood we thought we would take a look back at some of our best performances in the T20 competition.
With the first match of the 2018 Vitality Blast season pitting Somerset against Gloucestershire, it’s only fitting that we begin this feature by looking back at a match between the two local rivals which saw Somerset set a number of records.
Defending Champions Somerset welcomed Gloucestershire to a packed County Ground on June 27th 2006 and it is a day that Somerset supporters will never forget!
John Lewis won the toss and asked the hosts to bat. That was as good as the day got for the visitors as Somerset set a number of new competition records.
Justin Langer and Matt Wood put on 52 for the first wicket. Wood was the man to fall for 34 from 19 balls.
Langer was then joined at the crease by Cameron White and the two Australian batsmen shared a record partnership of 186. Langer eventually fell for 90 from 46 balls whilst his compatriot finished on a stunning 116 not out as Somerset set a new record total of 250 for three from their 20 overs.
Four wickets from Charl Willoughby then helped to bowl Gloucestershire out for just 133 as Somerset won by 117 runs.
SOMERSET LIFT THE TROPHY
On July 30th, 2005 Somerset lifted the 2005 Twenty20 Cup after beating Lancashire in the final at the Oval.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first Lancashire lost Mal Loye with the total on six when he was caught by Richard Johnson off Andy Caddick.
Caddick struck again shortly afterwards when he captured the prize scalp of Andrew Flintoff with the total on 15. Lancashire moved onto 40 when Andrew Symons was run out and then Johnson claimed the scalps of Dominic Cork and Glen Chapple.
Ian Blackwell then accounted for Mark Chilton as Lancashire eventually ended on 114 for eight.
Somerset openers Graeme Smith and Marcus Trescothick put on 28 before the latter was out for 10.
Matt Wood joined Smith and helped see Somerset onto 60 until he was out for 22 and five runs later Ian Blackwell perished for three.
However, James Hildreth joined Smith and the pair remained together to see Somerset to victory.
MARCUS PUTS ESSEX TO THE SWORD
In June 2011 Somerset recorded our biggest ever victory by margin of runs when we overcame the Eagles at Chelmsford by an impressive 143 runs.
After being put in to bat by the hosts, Marcus Trescothick set about the Essex bowlers and smashed his way to 108 not out from just 61 balls. James Hildreth was also in fine form and his unbeaten 64 from 29 balls ensured that Somerset posted an imposing total of 225 for two.
Craig Meschede (three for nine), Murali Kartik (two for seven) and Steve Kirby (two for 19) then ripped through the Essex batsmen as the hosts were all out for 82.
GAYLE BATTERS KENT
The highest score by a Somerset batsman in T20 cricket was set on May 31st 2015 when a certain West Indian superstar set Taunton alight!
Chris Gayle obliterated the Kent Spitfires attack on his way to a sensational 151 not out. His 50 came from 29 balls and he brought up his hundred from 45 balls whilst the 150 mark was achieved from a total of just 62 balls. His remarkable innings included 10 fours and 15 sixes.
ARUL BOWLS HIS WAY IN TO THE RECORD BOOKS
Somerset beat Glamorgan by five wickets in Cardiff on July 5th 2011 courtesy of a truly outstanding bowling performance.
The hosts were dismissed for just 98 after Arul Suppiah broke the World Record for the best bowling figures in a T20 match. The Somerset spinner claimed six wickets for just five runs from his 3.4 overs as Somerset cruised to victory.
MARCUS AND CRAIG TOO MUCH FOR GLAMORGAN
Somerset’s highest opening partnership in T20 cricket is 132 and was set at Taunton on June 1st 2009 against Glamorgan.
After winning the toss Justin Langer invited the visitors to bat first and the home bowlers limited the visitors to 128 for seven from their allotted overs.
Openers Marcus Trescothick (69 not out) and Craig Kieswetter (57 not out) then saw Somerset to their victory target as Somerset eased to a 10 wicket win.
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