Defeat for Somerset in Royal London Cup opener
Somerset suffered a comprehensive 10-wicket defeat at the hands of Notts Outlaws in this Royal London Cup clash at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
Set a target of just 120 for victory, the visitors reached their total with 38 overs to spare.
A sizeable crowd at the Cooper Associates County Ground saw the hosts slump to 17 for five after losing the toss, Zak Chappell claiming three of the wickets, before struggling to 119 all out, 18-year-old James Rew making the only meaningful contribution with 48.
Chappell finished with three for 35 and Dane Paterson three for 28, while there were two wickets each for Brett Hutton and Liam Patterson-White on a green tinged pitch offering a modicum of seam movement.
In reply openers Ben Slater and Sol Budinger plundering four sixes and 16 fours between them in a total of 124 without loss to complete a hugely disappointing day for their opponents.
Budinger finished unbeaten on 62 and Slater 50 not out to inflict a heavy defeat on the hosts.
The outcome was virtually decided in the initial ten-over powerplay, which ended with the home side 19 for five.
Matt Renshaw fell to the sixth ball of the match, caught at third man, edging an expansive drive off Chappell before three more wickets fell in the space of six deliveries.
Steve Davies edged to first slip off Hutton, while Lewis Goldsworthy played on to Chappell, who then had James Hildreth caught behind for a duck, fencing outside off stump.
George Bartlett presented a second slip catch to Matt Mongomery off Paterson and Somerset were in big trouble under clear blue skies at their normally fast-scoring home ground.
Chappell, whose move to Derbyshire for next season was announced this week, ended his four-over opening spell with figures of three for 11, while Hutton bowled seven overs from the River End, claiming one for 15.
Rew played in a composed manner as he and Ben Green added 45 for the sixth wicket before the latter was bowled by left-arm spinner Patterson-White for 21, looking to cut a ball that was too close to off stump.
It was 82 for seven when Kasey Aldridge was stumped advancing down the wicket to Patterson-White, with more than 25 overs still available.
Rew brought the hundred up with his sixth boundary, through mid-wicket off Hutton, but then got a leading edge to Hutton which saw the ball loop to Fateh Singh at third-man. He had faced 69 balls.
Peter Siddle edged another catch to Mongomery at slip, having made 14 and when last man Sonny Baker was yorked by Paterson, Somerset had been bowled out in 35.4 overs, equalling their lowest ever List A total against Notts.
Slater took 14 runs off the opening over of the Outlaws innings, hitting three fours off successive balls from Jack Brooks.
There was no way back for Somerset as Slater and Budinger brought up a half-century opening stand inside seven overs against the experienced bowling attack of Brooks and Siddle.
Slater hit the first six of the game with a top-edged pull off Aldridge and Budinger quickly followed suit, hoisting Baker over wide long-on twice off successive balls.
Slater put three figures on the board with a pulled six off Aldridge and was first to his fifty, off 46 balls, with seven fours and two sixes.
Budinger’s half-century occupied only 25 deliveries, with the same boundary count, as the Outlaws completed an impressive victory.
Somerset Royal London Cup Head Coach, Paul Tweddle said: “We are very fortunate with the number of supporters we get at Taunton and it is very disappointing when we don’t put in a performance that matches their expectation.
“I can only ask them to stick with us because there is an incredible amount of talent in our dressing room. The players are hurting in there at the moment because we don’t like to lose in any situation and especially like that.
“We couldn’t handle the pressure their bowlers applied at the start and were on the back foot from the first over. James Rew and Ben Green did their best to rescue things, but we kept losing wickets.”
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