Lewis and Pete lead Somerset to victory

Electrifying half-centuries from Peter Trego and Lewis Gregory led Somerset to a total of 229 for six and a 38-run Vitality Blast win over Middlesex under the DLS system at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Trego smashed 60 off 31 balls, including 24 off an over from Ashton Agar, to relaunch his side’s innings after left-arm seamer Tom Barber had taken three wickets in an over to reduce them to 29 for three.

Skipper Gregory then took up the attack with an even more destructive 62 off 28 deliveries, receiving good support from Corey Anderson (41 not out) as the Middlesex bowlers were dispatched to all parts of the Ground.

In reply, the shell-shocked visitors had made 88 for four from ten overs when rain interrupted their innings for the second time. They faced a revised target of 213 from 18 overs, with a required run-rate of around 16 an over, and despite a 29-ball fifty from Stevie Eskinazi they fell well short at 174 for six.

After losing the toss and making a bright start, Somerset looked to have slipped into trouble when Barber removed Steve Davies, Johann Myburgh and James Hildreth in the third over of the innings.

However, Trego and Tom Abell set about rectifying the damage with panache, Trego leading the way with seven fours and three sixes in a typically savage onslaught before falling in the 11th over with the total on 112.

Abell followed for 31, but the importance of his stand with Trego was emphasised when Gregory and Anderson had the freedom to cut loose from the start of their innings.

Gregory was in magnificent form, striking eight fours and four sixes, and outshining the powerful Anderson, who still managed to contribute three maximums in his 24-ball innings.

Max Waller began the Middlesex reply with a wicket-maiden, the leg-spinner having Max Holden caught at extra cover for a duck.

Gregory then cemented his claim to man-of-the-match by dismissing Nick Gubbins and Eoin Morgan in his first two overs as their side reached 50 for three at the end of the six-over power-play, actually one ahead of Somerset at the same stage.

Paul Stirling had looked the one early batsman capable of making a game of it before he fell for 30 to a sensational boundary catch by Jamie Overton, catching the ball, releasing it as he fell back over the rope and re-entering the playing area to grab it.

The rain first arrived with Middlesex 74 for four but after a short delay the game resumed, only to be interrupted again after a couple of overs by a heavier downpour.

The final session saw Gregory remove John Simpson for 29 and Eskinazi for a valiant 55 off 32 balls to finish with figures of four for 28.

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After picking up his Man of the Match award, Lewis said: “We were really disappointed with our performance on Friday and so we came out and rectified that situation today.

“This has been one of the better days in T20 cricket, the boys have been brilliant and it’s nice to have got a victory over Middlesex. It’s the first of three important games this week for us where we can set ourselves up in the table.”

Regarding Pete Trego’s 60 the captain said: “That innings was vital for us and he struck the ball beautifully, which was what we needed after losing three quick wickets. That partnership between Tregs and Abes set the platform for me and Corey to go in and play like we did at the back end. He hit them hard and took 24 off one over, so it was a vital knock and we took it from there.”

Regarding his own innings Lewis said: “I don’t think I have ever batted better than that in T20, but you always have to have a little bit of luck in this format. I’ve been striking the ball well and it’s nice to carry that on to the pitch and put some scores on the board.

“One of the reasons we signed Corey Anderson was to give us that consistency and quality at the death, and he has done really well for us.

“You don’t see many innings start with a wicket maiden and that was just what we needed at the start to give us some momentum. Max has done a terrific job for us this season.”

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