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Today we remember the incredible Royal London Cup clash against Glamorgan at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
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A captain’s innings from Ben Green helped Somerset to a dramatic last ball victory over Glamorgan in the Royal London Cup at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
The Somerset skipper’s innings changed the course of the game and his shrewd captaincy helped to ensure that Somerset won a thriller by one run.
The hosts slipped to 26 for four after losing the toss in a match that was eventually reduced to 37 overs per side by rain. The impressive Michael Hogan claiming all four wickets.
However, Green prospered where others did not and he helped himself to 87 from just 72 balls, with 11 fours and a six. His stand of 86 with Lewis Goldsworthy, who made 41, was also vital as Somerset posted a total of 180 for seven.
Glamorgan responded with 179 for nine, Billy Root and Tom Cullen both making 37, while young Somerset seamers Kasey Aldridge and Sonny Baker shared five of the wickets.
Andy Gorvin needed a six off the very last ball of the game from left-arm spinner Goldsworthy to win the match for Glamorgan and came close with a powerful four over the bowler’s head.
Play did not start until 12.10pm, with the game initially reduced to 42 overs per side. Somerset’s innings had only occupied 2.4 of them, with five runs scored, when rain forced the players off.
That was enough time for Hogan to strike twice. Sam Young was caught behind off the fourth ball of the innings and Steve Davies was brilliantly snapped up by Gorvin at mid-wicket from the first delivery of the third over.
On the resumption, the veteran pace bowler took his figures to three for three by bowling George Bartlett between bat and pad and then he had James Hildreth caught at first slip.
Somerset were in trouble at 49 for five when Eddie Byrom feathered a ball from off-spinner Steven Reingold through to wicketkeeper Tom Cullen.
However, Green and Lewis Goldsworthy calmly steadied the ship and had taken the total to 84 for five in the 26th over when heavier rain brought another stoppage at 2.10pm.
Half an hour later, with a further reduction in overs, Green and Goldsworthy batted with far more intent.
Green was the main aggressor, with Goldsworthy notching just one boundary in his valuable innings before slogging a catch to cow corner off Callum Taylor.
Green, cut loose in the closing overs with some majestic shots until playing a ball from Lukas Carey onto his stumps in the final over.
Glamorgan’s reply began badly when Hamish Rutherford fell lbw to the final ball of Jack Brooks’ opening over.
Eighteen-year-old Baker then got a ball to lift at Nick Selman’s ribs, forcing the opener to loop up a catch to the diving Byrom, running in from square leg.
Kasey Aldridge produced a similarly quick delivery, his first of the game, to have Kiran Carlson caught by wicketkeeper Davies for 21. When Green also struck with his opening delivery, bowling Reingold for 16, Glamorgan were 52 for four.
Cullen and Root then put together a well-paced stand of 76 to put their team in sight of victory.
It ended when Cullen was caught behind down the leg side off Aldridge, who followed up by having Tom Cooke taken by wicketkeeper Davies.
Root fell to George Drissell, making his Somerset debut, top-edging a slog-sweep with 38 still needed.
Carey did his best with two boundaries, but other wickets fell cheaply and ten off the final over for the last pair proved too much.
After a dramatic match, Ben Green said: “It wasn’t a good one for the nerves, but it’s fantastic to get the result. It doesn’t get much better than that. The boys fought incredibly hard and the intensity in the field was awesome. Every bowler who came on was threatening and looked like taking wickets. It was great to see George Drissell get his first wicket, that’s a massive achievement for him, and Lewis Goldsworthy showed nerves of steel.
“It’s great to have so many good bowlers at my disposal. They are all wicket takers, and we changed things around a little bit in order to break their partnerships, which worked nicely in the end.
“The boys showed so much fight today, and that’s why they play for Somerset. They’ve got that strength of character to keep scrapping and we came together today.”
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