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Hildy's highest score helps Somerset come out on top

James Hildreth’s career-best one-day score of 159 propelled Somerset to an 83-run Royal London One-Day Cup victory over Glamorgan in glorious sunshine at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

It was the 33-year-old’s seventh List A hundred. His brilliant 125-ball innings featured eight sixes and 13 fours, helping his side post 372 for seven on a prime batting wicket after losing the toss.

In reply, the visitors made 289 all out, Colin Ingram top-scoring with 85 off 70 balls.

A crowd of over 3,000 saw 19 sixes in an entertaining match.

Hildreth, who already has two Specsavers County Championship centuries to his name this season, shared a third-wicket stand of 98 with Peter Trego (56) after Somerset had slipped to 49 for two.

Trego’s half-century occupied 54 balls, with seven fours. He was looking set for a big score when he lifted Graham Wagg over mid-wicket and picked out David Lloyd, who took a comfortable catch.

Tom Banton’s first List A innings ended on 11 with a reverse sweep straight to Andrew Salter at short third-man. Somerset were 174 for four in the 31st over, with Hildreth having reached a 58-ball half-century.

A key moment came with his score on 63 when he should have been caught by Jack Murphy at deep mid-wicket off Colin Ingram. Instead, the fielder let the ball slip through his hands for six.

It proved a costly error.

On 79, Hildreth brought up 5,000 runs in List A cricket and his stand of 86 with the impressive Tom Abell took less than nine overs.

Abell faced 25 balls for his 40, cracking seven fours. When he fell to Wagg, Hildreth quickly moved to 100 off as many balls and then went into overdrive with some big sixes to pass his previous best one-day score of 151, made against Scotland in 2009.

Hidreth eventually fell in the 48th over, but Craig Overton made sure Somerset maintained momentum with 23 off ten balls.

Glamorgan’s only hope after losing two wickets in the first ten overs rested on a big stand between Shaun Marsh and Ingram, who both looked in menacing form.

They added 63 before Marsh’s innings was ended by a fine running catch by Max Waller, coming in from long-off, with Tim Groenewald the successful bowler.

Ingram moved to a 41-ball half-century, but Glamorgan reached 30 overs with only 159 for four on the board and required a further 214.

Somerset comprehensively outfielded their opponents and when Overton took a well-judged catch on the long-off boundary to dismiss Ingram for 85 it was 206 for five, with the required run-rate well into double figures.

Marchant de Lange (40) hit two of the first three balls he received for six and Wagg produced some defiant blows. But it was all in vain as Somerset made it maximum points from the first two South Group games.

The match scorecard can be viewed here

At the end of play James Hildreth said: “Early on there seemed to be some grass on the wicket. When I went out there Trego and I had a chat and thought that it was a bit slower than we anticipated with a bit of a tennis ball bounce.

“As the sun got on it and the game went on that seemed to go and it turned into a wicket on which runs could be scored freely.

“It was a good team performance because at the top of the order we had Steve and Johann getting us off to a good start and getting the momentum going. They both played well. Then Tregs batted very nicely and took his chances well. It’s great to see him back in the white ball team and to be playing alongside him. I think we bat really well together and feed off each other nicely. We had a nice little partnership.

“When Tom Abell came in he played a crucial innings in the context of the game and then at the end Craig came in.

“We hoped it would be enough but at Taunton you never quite know. They’ve got some exceptional players and when Marsh and Ingram were together I was thinking that we needed to get them out. Those two wickets were huge.”

Peter Trego was also full of praise for his teammates. “The performance we put in today was very important from a unit point of view,” he said. “As a bowler you knew that your fielders were going to back you up if you put the ball in a decent area. It felt like a really good team performance today.

“It was challenging bowling against quality batsmen like they had today. However, I thought that we were very well disciplined and stuck to our plans well and James played a knock of genius.

“We know that when you bowl here you are going to get hit for six, but bowlers from the away teams get a bit emotional and lose their head a little bit.

“I’m loving being back in the front line attack. Of course there’s an element about my game that I want to be a batsman and get more runs, but my heart and my spirit is in being an all rounder and that is something that Jason Kerr and Andy Hurry want me to do this season. If I’m on the team sheet then I’m a batsman and a bowler and that seems to help my cricket.”

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