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Second XI T20: Marchant and Roelof star in derby victory

Roelof van der Merwe and Marchant de Lange were the standout performers as Somerset came out on top against local rivals Gloucestershire by seven runs in this T20 friendly at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

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Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.

The hosts slipped to 35 for three, but James Rew and van der Merwe took their side to 67 before the former fell for 18.

Van der Merwe was looking to build a partnership and he found a willing ally in de Lange. When the big South African made his way to the middle, Somerset were 97 for six. By the time he was dismissed off the last ball of the innings, his side were 167 for seven.

Van der Merwe remained unbeaten on 42, but it was de Lange who stole the show, making 53 from just 22 balls in an innings that included six sixes and two fours.

It was Netherlands international van der Merwe who again starred during the Gloucestershire reply.

Chasing 168 for victory, the visitors were reduced to 38 for two after 5.5 overs as van der Merwe accounted for Ben Wells and Ian Cockbain.

Tom Price and Will Naish then took the total to 148 in the 18th over before the former was run out at the non strikers end by van der Merwe off his own bowling for 64. Naish (62) then fell to the very next ball from van der Merwe, Max Waller taking the catch.

De lange then removed Jack Taylor when van der Merwe, who refused to be kept out of the action, took a straight forward catch off the last ball of the penultimate over.

Needing nine from the final over, Gloucestershire could only muster two as Ben Green bowled Jared Warner for 0.

Somerset Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis has named the following team for the match: Ben Green (c), Will Smeed, George Bartlett, Roelof van der Merwe, Marchant de Lange, Max Waller, James Rew, George Thomas, Josh Thomas, Kian Roberts (Emerging Player Programme) and Harry Startin (Exeter University).

Entry and parking is free at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

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