Top 12 moments of 2021: Part One
2021 was another dramatic summer, packed with memorable moments and outstanding performances.
After much debate, we have selected our top 12 moments of the season.
In no particular order, here are the first six SCCC most memorable moments from 2021.
QUARTER-FINAL VICTORY OVER LANCASHIRE LIGHTNING
A capacity crowd of 7000 witnessed a memorable night at the Cooper Associates County Ground as Somerset qualified for Vitality Blast Finals Day thanks to an impressive win over Lancashire Lightning. The atmosphere was electric under the floodlights as Tom Abell and Roelof van der Merwe inspired the side to a superb seven-wicket victory.
After being put in, the visitors made a strong start with Liam Livingstone racing to 25 from just 10 balls. The in-form Lancashire batsman had been making headlines all summer and had helped to take his side to 44 without loss in the fourth over. A large total was on the cards, but up stepped van der Merwe.
The Somerset spinner claimed an excellent return catch off his own bowling to remove Livingstone before trapping Alex Davies lbw just three balls later as 44/0 became 44/2 and the tide turned. Van der Merwe finished with four for 27 as Lancashire were limited to 184 for nine from their 20 overs.
Somerset slipped to 12 for two, but Abell (78* from 45 balls), Tom Lammonby (47* from 28) and Will Smeed (44 from 33) ensured that the ecstatic Somerset faithful would enjoy yet another trip to Finals Day.
DRAMATIC ROYAL LONDON CUP VICTORY OVER GLAMORGAN
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. Michael Hogan claimed all four wickets. However, Green 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 as Kasey Aldridge and Sonny Baker shared five of the wickets. Andy Gorvin needed a six off the very last ball of the game from Goldsworthy to win the match for Glamorgan, but he could only manage a four and Somerset took the points.
TOM SHINES AT BRISTOL
Tom Abell showed his class and cemented his place as one of the best batsmen on the county circuit as Somerset claimed three bonus points on the third day of the top of the table County Championship clash against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
His outstanding 132 not out was the highlight as the visitors posted a first innings score of 300 for eight declared. With Somerset on 176 for seven, Gloucestershire looked set to deny their neighbours any bonus points at all, but Lewis Gregory made 57 in a vital stand of 116.
Abell took Somerset to 300 before declaring, denying Gloucestershire the chance of a third bowling point with 8.3 overs remaining of the bonus-point period. Sadly, only 5.2 overs were possible on the final day but, Craig Overton and Josh Davey helped the visitors claim two further vital bonus points as the Somerset bowlers reduced their hosts to 27 for six.
HILDY SHOWS HIS CLASS YET AGAIN
James Hildreth’s 47th First Class hundred was the highlight of this LV= Insurance County Championship match between Surrey and Somerset at the Kia Oval. Hildreth showed his class as he battled to 107 as Somerset closed day one on 280 for six.
Lewis Goldsworthy also caught the eye as he and Hildreth shared a fourth wicket stand of 144 in 50 overs, the youngster making a gritty 48.
Hildreth, acting captain in the absence of Tom Abell, outlined his quality as Somerset posted a first innings total of 429. Somerset went on to take 14 points from the draw and secured a place in Division One.
LEWIS AND STEVE SEE SOMERSET HOME IN STYLE
An 86-run seventh wicket partnership between Steve Davies and Lewis Goldsworthy saw Somerset to a dramatic win on the final day of April’s LV= Insurance County Championship match against Middlesex at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
It was a dream First Class debut for Goldsworthy, who also hit the winning runs. The 20-year-old Cornishman finished on 41 not out with Davies unbeaten on 44.
The home side began the final morning on 104 for four, needing a further 103 to win. The victory was made possible following an outstanding performance by Somerset’s bowlers on day three as the home attack dominated and the visitors were eventually all out for 117, setting Somerset a victory target of 207.
TOM PUTS GLOUCESTERSHIRE TO THE SWORD
A sensational batting performance by Tom Lammonby helped to ensure that Somerset claimed the local bragging rights over Gloucestershire in this Vitality Blast clash at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
The young batter arrived at the crease with Somerset on 89 for five in the 15th over. By the time he was run out off the final ball of the innings he had helped himself to 90 runs from just 36 balls and Somerset had set the visitors a target of 184.
It was his career best T20 score and included 11 fours and four sixes. It also ensured that his side qualified for a home quarter-final as Gloucestershire were restricted to 160 for six.
Part two of our top 12 moments will be published soon.
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