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100 up for Max as Hildy and Corey steer Somerset to victory

A fifth-wicket partnership of 97 between James Hildreth (56 not out) and Corey Anderson (59) set the foundations for Somerset as they beat Glamorgan by 30 runs in the Vitality Blast clash at Sophia Gardens, moving above them in the table.

Chasing 191 to win, it took just six balls for Glamorgan to lose their first wicket, as leg-spinner Max Waller trapped Aneurin Donald leg before for one.

White-ball skipper Colin Ingram and Australian overseas Usman Khawaja steadied the ship from seven for one with a series of boundaries in the powerplay, but Ingram skied to mid-off from Craig Overton to leave the Welsh side 52 for two in the fifth over, bringing debutant Australian Joe Burns to the Sophia Gardens crease for the first time.

A series of Khawaja boundaries guided Glamorgan to 66 for two but Burns soon went after advancing down the track having been deceived by the left-arm spin off Roelof van der Merwe, as Steven Davies claimed the stumping.

Van der Merwe then turned fielder to dismiss Khawaja, who drove off Johann Myburgh as Glamorgan, having lost their fourth wicket on 86, faced the daunting task of chasing down a further 107 runs from the halfway point.

A fifth wicket soon fell as Chris Cooke was caught at long-on by van der Merwe off Waller to give the spinner his 100th wicket in T20 cricket. That left Glamorgan on 104 for five in the fourteenth over, needing a further 87 runs to win.

Kiran Carlson was dropped before hitting a big six but his luck ran out when he was caught on the cover boundary by Lewis Gregory for 33 to leave Glamorgan in some trouble at 118 for six.

When Graham Wagg was caught at long-off by Tom Abell off van der Merwe in the seventeenth over, Glamorgan’s hopes of victory were all but over at 130 for seven. Craig Meschede launched the biggest six of the night into the grandstand in the eighteenth over but was then run out by keeper Davies for 10.

Andrew Salter was caught by van der Merwe off Craig Overton for eight as the end was in sight for Somerset with Glamorgan on 150 for nine in the penultimate over. Ultimately, the Welsh side fell well short of their target.

After a delayed start to the match Somerset slipped to 44 for three in the powerplay having been put in.

Carlson took two leg-side catches in the deep in successive overs, removing Steven Davies off Michael Hogan in the fifth, and Johann Myburgh off Timm van der Gugten in the sixth, an over which also saw Peter Trego caught behind by Chris Cooke.

Tom Abell then hooked behind to Cooke off van der Gugten leaving the visitors in some trouble at 59 for four.

However, Hildreth and Anderson came together in the ninth over, looking to get Somerset back on track, and the middle order pair added 97 in 8.1 overs. Anderson struck sixes off successive Andrew Salter overs after the pair had brought up the fifty partnership in the 13th over.

Anderson struck a third six, off Craig Meschede, from the final ball of the fifteenth over but Glamorgan soon had the breakthrough when Anderson holed out at mid-on to Carlson off Hogan having struck six fours and four sixes.

The runs flowed once more, however, as Hildreth reached his half-century from 31 balls before Lewis Gregory helped Somerset to post a total of 190 for five.

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After the match Craig Overton, who claimed two for 31, said: ““Normally it’s a tricky place to come, so to get a win here was really pleasing and two wins the last two nights has been really nice.

“You’re generally always up against it if you lose a few wickets in the powerplay, but we have so much batting in our squad that we keep going. We know that if we do lose a couple we can keep going hard and get to those big scores at the end.

“With Corey and Hildy getting that 97 partnership, it was a massive turning point and it was at almost ten runs an over as well, so that was key. We just backed it up with the ball and we kept plugging away and kept getting those wickets at important times.”

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