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Hildy shows his class again in Somerset win over Yorkshire

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James Hildreth once again showed his quality as Somerset overcame Yorkshire Vikings by wickets in a dramatic and rain affected Royal London Cup clash at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

In an match that was reduced to 20 overs per side due to a morning downpour, the experienced batsman was the star performer as Somerset chased down 158 to claim a third win out of four in the competition.

Somerset remain unbeaten, but once again it went right down to the final over and a crowd of over 3000 stood to acclaim their heroes as, fittingly, Hildreth scored the winning run from the first ball of the final over.

Hildreth’s innings was a brilliant 61 off 34 balls as his side continued their strong defence of the Royal London Cup.

After losing the toss, Matthew Revis lead the way for Yorkshire with 58 not out as his side made 158 for five. Fellow teenager Will Luxton contributed an unbeaten 31 to an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 69.

In reply, the hosts reached 159 for five with five balls to spare, Hildreth’s sparkling knock, including five fours and four sixes.

 

Rain began falling moments before the first over could be bowled at 11am and soon it became torrential and left casual water on the outfield. The sun eventually broke through and a major mopping up operation allowed play to start at 3.30pm.

Yorkshire began poorly when Harry Duke was caught behind off Josh Davey, attempting a scoop shot, in the second over.

Gary Ballance soon followed, bowled off his body by Kasey Aldridge, and at the end of the four-over powerplay the scoreboard read 38 for two.

Will Fraine hit the first six of the innings over backward point off Aldridge and brought up the fifty up in the seventh over before being caught at deep square off the same bowler for 23.

Jonathan Tattersall fell for a duck, advancing down the pitch to Goldsworthy, and at halfway Yorkshire were 66 for four.

Revis cleared the ropes at fine leg off Aldridge, and George Hill smacked a straight six off Ben Green before being caught on 23 at deep square in the same over.

From 89 for five in the 13th over, Revis and Luxton batted with maturity, putting together a fifty stand in 31 balls. Revis moved to his own half century off 35 deliveries, with four fours and two sixes.

Somerset were 25 for one off their first four overs, losing Steve Davies, caught at cover looking to hit a third boundary in succession off Ben Coad.

Sam Young played well for his 25 before falling to Revis in the eighth over, and by mid-innings the home side were well-placed at 75 for two.

Seventeen-year-old James Rew played well on his debut but was caught for 20 by Gary Ballance at backward point off Jack Shutt.

Hildreth then began to take charge, reverse sweeping off-spinner Shutt for four and then six off successive balls.

He followed up with an off-driven boundary in the same over, the 14th of the innings, and then cracked another six off Revis to put his side in sight of victory.

Goldsworthy made a useful 21 in a match-clinching stand of 66 with Hildreth. However, a couple of late wickets for Matthew Waite gave the visitors hope until Green dispatched Coad into the Ondaatje stand for a maximum off the final ball of the penultimate over.

It was then left to Hildreth to score the winning run.

After the match Hildreth said: “It’s good to contribute to a win. I chanced my arm a little bit and you know that if you play a good shot you can get a four or a six here.

“We didn’t really know what a good score would be, given that it was a 20-over game with 50-over fielding restrictions. It felt like they maybe got a couple too many, but it was hard to judge.

“I enjoy batting and I just go out there and try to enjoy it. I’ve challenged myself during this tournament to help the other guys to construct an innings. Hopefully I can lead by example a little bit and I hope that the guys can pick up some things from that.

“We’ve got some really exciting players in the squad and this competition is a really good test for them.”

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