Royal London One-Day Cup Review: Part One
2017 saw Somerset reach the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Here we begin to relive the excitement of that campaign by looking back on the first half of the competition.
Somerset v Surrey
The Cooper Associates County Ground, April 28th 2017
Somerset won the toss and fielded
Somerset won by four wickets
Somerset began the 2017 Royal London One-Day Cup season with a home match against Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Friday April 28th.
Somerset Captain Jim Allenby won the toss and elected to field but the visitors made a solid start. Mark Stoneman and Dominic Sibley put on 89 for the first wicket before the former was removed by Lewis Gregory for 56. Gregory then also accounted for Sibley to leave Surrey on 105 for two. Wickets then began to fall at regular intervals but 92 from Ben Foakes ensured that his side posted a total of 290 for eight from their allotted overs.
Craig Overton was the pick of the bowlers, taking three for 57 whilst Gregory also claimed three wickets.
The Somerset run chase got off to the worst possible start and the home side fell to 22 for five. However, a stunning innings of 165 not out off just 122 balls from Roelof van der Merwe turned the tide of the match. His partnership of 213 with Dean Elgar helped to break Surrey hearts as his astonishing performance saw Somerset to a remarkable four wicket win.
Roelof’s innings broke the record for the highest score by a Somerset player in a 50-over match and his partnership with Dean Elgar was a sixth wicket record for the County in List A matches.
Sussex v Somerset
The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, April 30th 2017
Sussex won the toss and fielded
Somerset won by nine runs (D/L Method)
Somerset, having been put into bat, were 120 for four when Adam Hose joined Dean Elgar in a partnership of 151 in 20.3 overs to transform the innings. 96 runs were then plundered from the final nine overs as Elgar finished on an impressive 131 not out.
Rain intervened and on the resumption Sussex lost Chris Nash to the first ball of their innings. Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller bowled impressively before another rain stoppage left Sussex needing 80 runs from 35 balls.
Laurie Evans hit five sixes in his 40 runs from 20 balls but with his dismissal the host’s hopes effectively ended.
Somerset v Kent
The Cooper Associates County Ground, May 2nd 2017
Kent won the toss and batted
Somerset won by four wickets
Kent skipper Sam Northeast won the toss and elected bat but Somerset made an early breakthrough when Josh Davey bowled Joe Denly for 0. However, Daniel Bell-Drummond and Northeast then took the score to 116 before the latter was caught by Max Waller off the bowling of Roelof van der Merwe for 51. Craig Overton then accounted for Darren Stevens at 146 for three but Bell-Drummond and Alex Blake took the score to 266 before the opener was dismissed for 106 from 120 balls. Blake then became Overton’s second victim when he was caught by Peter Trego for 116 from just 58 balls.
By the end of their allotted overs Kent had reached an imposing total of 352 for six. Overton was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with three for 66.
The Somerset reply got off to a slow start and the home side found themselves on 19 for two. However, Trego and Dean Elgar took the score on to 127 before Elgar was removed for 55. James Hildreth then added 64 from just 44 balls to help keep his side very much in the game.
Trego was in fine form and became the third centurion of the day as his excellent 135 from 119 balls turned the match in Somerset’s favour and it was left to Lewis Gregory and van der Merwe to see Somerset over the line by four wickets from 47.3 overs.
Glamorgan v Somerset
SSE SWALEC, May 5th 2017
Glamorgan won the toss and fielded
Somerset won by 170 runs
A career best List ‘A’ score of 144 by Jim Allenby, who shared partnerships of 187 with Dean Elgar (96) and an unbeaten 109 with James Hildreth (58) ensured a healthy total of 338 for three.
Glamorgan were always on the back foot with only a half century by Kiran Carlson and 32 from Will Bragg, who put on 55 for the fourth wicket, providing much resistance and Somerset cruised to an easy victory. Roelof van der Merwe was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three for 21.
Part two of our look back on the Royal London One-Day Cup will appear on this website in the near future.
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