Corey and Max star as Somerset secure quarter-final place
A devastating innings by Corey Anderson and four wickets from Max Waller saw Somerset to their seventh consecutive Vitality Blast victory and a place in the quarter finals after they beat Glamorgan by 29 runs at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
After the start was delayed until 3.15pm by earlier rain, Somerset looked like falling well short of a competitive total after reaching 47 for two after six overs and 75 for three at the halfway stage. However when Anderson came to the wicket to join James Hildreth the tempo stepped up.
Hildreth brought up the 100 with a six over deep backward square off Andrew Salter and, along with Anderson, added 50 for the fifth wicket. However he looked to scoop Timm van der Gugten over the ‘keepers head and was caught by Chris Cooke for 47.
Anderson was then joined by Lewis Gregory and the pair traded blows taking 19 off the 16th over that was bowled by Graham Wagg.
The New Zealander was enjoying himself and one of his sixes off Wagg was launched high into the air and cleared the scoreboard into St James’ churchyard.
Anderson went to his 50 with a six off Hogan, but next ball Gregory, who had raced onto 22 off nine balls, was caught at long on by former Somerset player Craig Meschede after adding 57 for the sixth wicket.
Anderson was in devastating form and he saw up the 200 with a big six. The left hander had moved on to 72 when he was caught by ‘keeper Cooke off the penultimate ball. His runs coming off 30 balls with four fours and six sixes to see Somerset to 210 for seven.
Wagg struck again when he had Jamie Overton caught by Ingram off the final ball as Somerset closed on 210 for eight.
Jerome Taylor got Somerset off to a flying start when he had Aneurin Donald caught at mid wicket by Jamie Overton from the first ball of the second over.
Ingram, another former Somerset player, quickly moved to 19 when he looked to work Jamie Overton to backward square and was caught by Craig Overton fielding as substitute.
Kiran Carlson added 39 with opener Meschede but after moving on to 16 he was caught at mid wicket off Waller.
Meschede then hit van der Merwe for two sixes but looked to repeat the same shot in the next over and holed out to Jamie Overton at long on off Waller for 35.
An outstanding piece of fielding by Gregory ran out Wagg at the non strikers end as he failed to regain his ground making the score on 94 for six. That brought Salter in to join Cooke. The seventh wicket pair added 40 together before Salter was caught at wide mid wicket by substitute fielder Craig Overton off Waller for 21.
Three balls later Waller struck again when he had Cooke caught by the sub fielder for 25, making the visitors 142 for eight as the leg spinner ended with impressive figures of four for 25.
Glamorgan ended their innings on 181 for nine, van der Gugten unbeaten on 21 and Hogan not out 17.
At the close of play Man of the Match, Corey Anderson said: “It’s always satisfying to get runs like I did out there today. The biggest thing was that I came in when the game was on a bit of a knife edge and it could have gone either way. That’s why it was nice to have got runs in that situation.
“Being out in the middle with Lewis was good but it always gives you confidence to know that you’ve got Roelof and other guys to come in after you, especially on a ground like this where you can play a lot of catch up.
“Scoring 200 here is a product of good cricket and that’s what you saw today. We knew we wanted to get over 180, which we saw Surrey get here on Friday night, but this was a newer wicket than the other day and we were lucky enough to get a total on the board. It’s easier to squeeze pressure when you are bowling second with a big total.
“Max bowled unbelievably well for us today and he is having one hell of a campaign. All of the boys chipped in well with the ball.”
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