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Top 12 Moments of 2021: Part Two

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 second six SCCC most memorable moments from 2021.

SENSATIONAL SEMI-FINAL SUCCESS

Somerset showed tremendous character and tenacity as they secured a stunning win over Hampshire Hawks in the first Vitality Blast semi-final at Edgbaston.

It looked an impossible task when they slipped to 79 for six, but Tom Abell (50) and Ben Green (35 from 18) brought their team back from the brink after Joe Weatherley (71 off 50 balls) had earlier put Hampshire in the driving seat.

Green gave his side genuine hope until he was caught at long on leaving Somerset requiring 12 from seven balls.

Craig Overton and Josh Davey then saw their side over the line with two balls to spare as the Club’s players, coaches Members and supporters celebrated their great escape.

ENGLAND CLINCH SERIES OFF PENULITMATE BALL

England clinched a dramatic series win in the last over of this third Vitality IT20 match against New Zealand at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Sophia Dunkley crashed the penultimate ball of the final over to the boundary to give England a sensational victory by four wickets.

Chasing 145 for victory, England had slipped to 138 for six with just five balls remaining, but Dunkley and Katherine Brunt saw England over the line in a thrilling finish to both the match and the series.

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SOMERSET DOMINATE HAMPSHIRE

Somerset’s bowlers once again highlighted why they are one of the most feared attacks in domestic red-ball cricket on day one of the LV= Insurance County Championship match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Hampshire were bowled out for just 79 after being put into bat inside 41 overs and less than an hour after lunch. Somerset’s batsmen then picked up where their bowlers left off by making 336 in their first innings. Somerset went on to win the match by 10 wickets despite the loss of the most of day three due to rain.

Craig Overton top scored for the visitors and also claimed five for 66 from 40 overs in the Hampshire second innings whilst Josh Davey also impressed with five for 30.

SOMERSET START WITH IMPRESSIVE WIN

Somerset turned this opening LV= Insurance County Championship match of the season on its head to pull off a stunning win against Middlesex on the final day at Lord’s.

The visitors were in a perilous position on day two, but an 83-run partnership between Marchant de Lange and Jack Leach ensured that the team from the West Country avoided the follow-on. On day three the Somerset bowlers tilted the game in the visitors favour and the batsmen completed the job on the final day. Lewis Gregory’s swift unbeaten half-century landed the decisive blow whilst Tom Abell (84) and George Bartlett (76*) also impressed as Somerset sealed a four-wicket victory.

LEWIS INSPIRES ENGLAND TO VICTORY

A man of the match performance from Lewis Gregory at Lord’s saw England take an unassailable two-nil lead in the ODI series against Pakistan.

In a match reduced to 47 overs per side, the Somerset all rounder contributed 40 to England’s total of 247 all out and then backed that up with three for 44 as the tourists were dismissed 195 from 41 overs. Fittingly, it was Lewis who took the final wicket as England clinched the series with one match to play. Craig Overton also featured in the match, claiming two for 39.

It was a good series for Lewis who scored 117 runs at an average 58.50 and taking four wickets at an average of 24.25.

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