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Quarter-final heartbreak for Somerset

Somerset’s dreams of lifting the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lord’s later this year were ended by Nottinghamshire Outlaws at the Cooper Associates County Ground today despite making their highest ever List A total at Taunton.

A century from Brendan Taylor led the visitors into the semi-finals by 24 runs in a spectacular big-hitting contest.

After losing the toss, Notts posted 429 for nine, the highest List A total ever made at Taunton, Taylor contributing 154 off 97 balls with 17 fours and five sixes. Riki Wessels blasted 81 and Samit Patel 66, while Lewis Gregory finished with four for 60 off eight overs.

Somerset replied with 405 all out off 48 overs, Dean Elgar making 91 off just 63 balls and Peter Trego contributing 66, with five fours and four sixes. Harry Gurney finished with three for 71, but the batsmen dominated throughout and a crowd of over 4000 were treated to 28 sixes.

Having been invited to bat first on a sunny morning, Notts went on the attack from ball one, which saw Michael Lumb top-edge a four to third-man off Craig Overton. The left-hander went on to smash 47 off 28 balls and set the tone for the day before driving a catch to extra cover off the spin of Roelof van der Merwe.

Riki Wessells then took up where his opening partner left off and the score had raced to 147 off 18.1 overs when he drove a catch to mid-off.

By the halfway stage in their innings Notts had hit 17 fours and nine sixes as Taylor took up the attack with gusto, adding 133 in less than 17 overs with Samit Patel. They took the score to 280 in the 35th over before Patel was caught at mid-off to give Tim Groenewald a welcome wicket.

Taylor was almost run out taking the single that brought up a 69-ball century and Steve Mullaney added a breezy 37 before falling to Jamie Overton.

A late clatter of wickets included that of Taylor, but the last five overs still saw 56 more added. Gregory was Somerset’s most successful bowler, with the best economy rate of 7.5.

What Lumb had done for Notts, Johann Myburgh did for the home side, blasting 44 off 19 balls to launch the reply. The South African hit 10 fours from the first 16 deliveries he faced. However, when he fell with the total on 55 and was quickly followed by Steve Davies and Jim Allenby, the run-chase looked set for failure.

 

Notts dropped Dean Elgar twice before he had made 20. James Pattinson spilled a straightforward chance at mid-on, with the prolific South African on only two, and wicketkeeper Chris Read failed to hold an edge diving to his left after Elgar had progressed to 17.

The outcome was a fourth-wicket stand of 154 in 16 overs with Trego, who played with customary power and aggression. His 47-ball 66 run contribution ended in attempting a third six in an over from Patel.

Elgar was eventually bowled round his legs by Stuart Broad for 91 having maintained his record of scoring at least a half-century in all of his six Royal London One-Day Cup innings this season.

Adam Hose and van der Merwe kept the scoreboard moving, Hose making a useful 32 off 27 balls before being bowled by Patel sweeping. When van der Merwe was bowled for a quick and useful 43, swinging at a slower ball from Harry Gurney, the target was 95 from 12.1 overs.

Gregory (26) quickly followed to another big hit and, despite some lusty blows from Jamie Overton, who made 40 before being run out to end the game, for the second successive day Somerset suffered bitter disappointment at the end of an epic contest.

After the game Somerset One-Day Captain Jim Allenby said: “We tried our utmost not to be deflated from the Championship defeat by Yorkshire yesterday, but it seemed to be the case because our bowling early on was below the standard we set. Our groundsman has produced just the pitch we wanted, but we didn’t start well and despite a tremendous effort with the bat we have just come up short.

“So much of our 50-over cricket has pleased me this season and, although we tailed off in the last couple of games, there is every reason to look forward with optimism to the NatWest T20 Blast competition.”

The match scorecard can be viewed here

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