Babar Century Sinks Glamorgan

Babar Azam, the prolific Pakistan batsman, with a career best 114 not out from only 62 balls, enabled Somerset to set up a formidable total which was enough for them to gain their third win  in the competition, and give then an outside chance of qualifying for the quarter finals.

They also improved their net run rate, with Glamorgan losing ten wickets with 25 balls of their innings remaining.

The Glamorgan bowlers weren’t at their best, the fielding was sub -standard, with Azam dropped twice. He then made the home team suffer as he guided his team to a total far beyond the par score at Sophia Gardens this season.

Glamorgan’s reply was a pitiful affair from the moment they lost their first two wickets in nine balls balls, with the game over as a contest when they collapsed to 47 for 5, and then 62 for 6 at the halfway stage.

Somerset, who were put in on the same slow pitch where Glamorgan defeated Northants the previous Sunday, lost two wickets in the opening three overs and were 39 for 2 after the power play.

Steve Davies was the first to go when he was stumped from Prem Sisodiya’s quicker ball, and in the following over 18yrold Will Smeed, a product of King’s College Taunton School who made 82 against Gloucestershire last week, mistimed an intended pull to give mid-on a simple catch

Azam, who was dropped from a difficult chance to cover on 10, scored freely on either side of the wicket, and reached a rapid fifty from 34 balls, and put on 52 with Tom Abell for the third wicket, before the Somerset captain  lifted Andrew Salter’s off spin to long off.

Azam was reprieved on 67, when Marchant De Lange, whose first over went for eighteen runs, had him dropped at third man, where Owen Morgan misjudged a top-edged cut. He was well supported by Lewis Goldsworthy, an18yr old all-rounder, formerly of Millfield School making his T20 debut.

Azam reached his century in the nineteenth over, the second fifty coming from just 23 deliveries, with the partnership for the fourth wicket yielding 110 in 10.4 overs.

Rolf Van Der Merwe started Glamorgan’s demise by having David Lloyd and Chris Cooke caught at backward point in his opening over, both by the substitute fielder George Bartlett. Although they were 38 for3 after the power play- one run behind Somerset and a wicket more- the rot then set in as the batsman found ways of getting themselves out.

Owen Morgan top scored with 24, but there was little resistance from the others, with the margin of victory testament to Somerset’s overwhelming superiority.

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