Ben and Will lead Somerset to big win


Career best figures for Ben Green and a superb innings from Will Smeed saw Somerset ease to victory over Glamorgan in the Vitality Blast at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Green claimed five for 29 and Smeed helped himself to 94 not out from just 41 balls as Somerset cruised to a nine wicket win.

The visitors posted 173 for seven after losing the toss, former Somerset player Eddie Byrom top-scoring with 37 off 26 balls.

In reply, Somerset openers Smeed and Tom Banton (45) put together a superb stand of exactly 100, from 9.2 overs, paving the way for a comprehensive win with 5.5 overs to spare.

Twenty-year-old Smeed blasted eight sixes and six fours in a memorable exhibition. The result left Somerset riding high, with four wins from their opening five group matches, while for Glamorgan it was a third defeat in five games.

David Lloyd and Sam Northeast gave Glamorgan the platform for a decent total after the start had been delayed by half an hour due to a downpour shortly after the toss.

No overs were lost and the Glamorgan opening pair were soon enjoying a true batting surface, taking the total to 49 in the final over of the initial powerplay before Lloyd was caught at short third-man for 31, made off 20 balls.

The wicket-taker was Craig Overton, back with Somerset having been omitted by England for the First Test against New Zealand. He went on to bowl three overs and finished with one for 17.

Lewis Gregory claimed the key wicket of Marnus Labuschagne with his first delivery. The Glamorgan dangerman was caught off a mistimed pull shot for only a single to make it 50 for two.

Somerset then applied pressure in the middle overs through Gregory, Green and the left-arm spin of Roelof van der Merwe. Northeast was unable to accelerate and had made 19 off 25 balls when caught at long-off. The same Green over, the 11th of the innings, had accounted for Kiran Carlson, pouched at mid-wicket for 28, having just struck Green for six over long-on.

Northeast’s departure left Glamorgan 87 for four. Byrom and Chris Cooke added 37 before the latter was caught at mid-off to give Green his third wicket.

The other two came in the penultimate over of the innings courtesy of perfect yorkers which bowled Byrom and then James Weighell, whose stumps were scattered first ball.

Glamorgan’s total appeared below par, particularly when Smeed and Banton launched a savage assault that put 61 runs on the board by the end of the six-over powerplay.

Smeed hit sixes over mid-wicket off Michael Hogan, Weighell and Micheal Neser, plus a cracker over cover off Dan Douthwaite, while Banton collected maximums off Douthwaite and Weighell.

Smeed brought up the century stand and his own fifty off 27 balls in the tenth over, which saw Banton caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Prem Sisodiya, having faced 30 deliveries and hit three sixes and three fours.

There was no way back for Glamorgan.

Smeed smashed experienced seamer Hogan for 4,4,6,4, in the 11th over before the in-form Rilee Rossouw joined in, clearing the ropes off successive deliveries from Sisodiya.

Smeed then hit sixes off successive balls from Labuschagne and was well supported by Rossouw (30 not out) as Somerset quickly atoned for their first group defeat by Sussex Sharks.

At the end of a very successful evening for Somerset, Ben Green said: “It was an excellent performance all round tonight and I’m really pleased to have contributed to that win.

“That was some incredible ball striking by Will, Bants and Rilee. There was absolutely no respite for Glamorgan tonight and it was a good night for us.”

Will Smeed added: “It was good fun tonight. I don’t think the bowlers give themselves enough credit though. The way they set it up for us tonight was awesome. I think we were ahead of the game at the halfway stage. To keep Glamorgan to that total on this wicket was brilliant.

“We feel like we can chase down big targets if we bat well, and we didn’t feel like it was unachievable tonight.

“There was a great atmosphere here again tonight and it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves out there. At the end of the day we just want to entertain people who come to watch and hopefully we did that tonight.”

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