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Five Blasts from the past

With tickets for this years Vitality Blast now on general sale and selling faster than ever, we thought we would take a look back at a few of our most memorable moments in T20 cricket.

Here are our five Blasts from the past!

1 GLORY AT THE OVAL

On July 30th, 2005 Somerset won the Twenty20 Cup after beating Lancashire in a dramatic final at the Oval which was reduced to 16 overs per side because of the weather.

The Red Rose County won the toss and elected to bat first, but Andy Caddick Struck early to remove Mal Loye with just six runs on the board courtesy of a catch from Richard Johnson.

Somerset’s talismanic former England paceman struck again shortly afterwards when he claimed the coveted wicket of Andrew Flintoff to leave Lancashire on 15 for two.

The dangerous Andrew Symonds was run out by Wes Durston whilst Johnson claimed the scalps of Dominic Cork and Glen Chapple.

Lancashire eventually finished their innings on 114 for eight.

Graeme Smith and Marcus Trescothick put on 28 before the England opener fell for 10.

Matt Wood then joined Smith and Somerset had reached 60 when he was out for 22 and five runs later Ian Blackwell fell for three.

However, James Hildreth made his way to the middle and he and Smith remained together to see Somerset to victory by seven wickets with 11 balls to spare.

Cue wild celebrations from Somerset’s travelling faithful!

2 RECORD BREAKERS

On June 27th 2006, defending champions Somerset welcomed local rivals Gloucestershire to a packed County Ground in the Twenty20 Cup for a game that Somerset supporters will never forget!

Visiting captain John Lewis won the toss and invited the hosts to bat. Unfortunately for Gloucestershire they then endured a torrid time in the field as Somerset smashed a number of  world records.

Justin Langer and Matt Wood put on 52 for the first wicket before the latter fell for 34 from 19 balls.

Langer was then joined at the crease by Cameron White and the two Australian batsmen shared a record partnership of 186.

Langer was dismissed for 90 from just 46 balls. However, his compatriot continued to score freely and eventually finished with a remarkable score of 116 not out from 53 balls as Somerset set a new record total of 250 for three from their 20 overs.

Charl Willoughby then claimed four wickets as Gloucestershire were dismissed for just 133 as Somerset won by a massive 117 runs with 23 balls to spare to emphatically claim the local bragging rights!

White would go on to break his own record just days later when he scored 141 not out against Worcestershire.

3 GAYLE’S 151*

Cameron White held the record for Somerset’s highest score in a T20 match for nine years.

He was finally surpassed by a certain West Indian in May 2015.

Chris Gayle arrived in Taunton with a big reputation and the big left hander certainly didn’t disappoint.

He obliterated the Kent Spitfires attack on his way to a remarkable 151 not out from just 62 balls in an innings that included 10 fours and 15 sixes.

4 SOMERSET REACH 2018 FINALS DAY IN STYLE

Somerset Captain Lewis Gregory helped inspire his side to a stunning quarter-final victory over Notts Outlaws as Somerset reached 2018 Vitality Blast Finals Day in fine style.

Lewis passed a late fitness test and went on to plunder an stunning unbeaten 60 from just 24 balls as Somerset made 209 for five, with James Hildreth also passing 50.

Jamie Overton did most of the damage with the ball, taking five for 47, with four of the dismissals being completed by Max Waller catches. Gregory also took two for 29 and bagged a catch to add to his earlier run spree.

5 SOMERSET STUN SURREY

Set 204 for victory, Somerset stunned Surrey in 2019 and chased down the total with eight balls to spare in one of the finest performances the Cooper Associates County Ground has ever seen.

Tom Banton (71 from 37 balls), Babar Azam (43) and Eddie Byrom (54 from 19 balls) were the stars of the show as they swept aside the Surrey attack.

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