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Rain brings early end to local derby

Heavy rain brought a premature end to Somerset’s Royal London One-Day Cup match against local rivals Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The visitors were 39 without loss in six overs, chasing a victory target of 212, when torrential rain began to fall.

Umpires Ben Debenham and Richard Illingworth had no option but to abandon the game and one point each leaves both sides with work to do to qualify from the South Group.

Peter Trego (74) and James Hildreth (35) made top scored for Somerset whilst Craig Miles (three for 31), Benny Howell (two for 24) and Chris Liddle (two for 42) impressed for the visitors.

Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to field.

In the first over of the match Johann Myburgh was caught at point off a checked drive, with Ryan Higgins the successful bowler.

Trego and Steve Davies both hit sixes before the latter was well caught on the square-leg boundary by Jack Taylor for 18 attempting a maximum off Miles.

Trego and Hildreth then put the pitch into perspective with a stand of 102 in less than 15 overs. Trego was in swashbuckling mood and went to his half-century off 41 balls, with six fours and three sixes.

However, with home side apparently cruising, Howell pinned Trego lbw and four balls later bowled Matt Renshaw for a duck.

Suddenly it was 149 for five as Hildreth, untroubled throughout his innings, was run out by Dent. Lewis Gregory fell for 19, caught behind  off Liddle who also ended Banton’s stay by having him caught in the covers for 12.

Ben Green was run out by a direct hit at the bowler’s end by Ian Cockbain, fielding at point, while Jamie Overton lifted a catch to mid-wicket off Miles.

Roelof van der Merwe was unbeaten on 18 when Miles uprooted Paul van Meekeren’s middle stump and Gloucestershire’s fielders celebrated as if the game was already won.

In reply Dent moved to 29, with four fours although van Meekeren went past the outside edge a couple of times.

The heavens opened at around 3pm and the ground had virtually emptied an hour later as the seagulls moved in.

The match was abandoned at 4.20pm.

After the match Peter Trego said: “The real positive from our point of view is that we can still qualify and we haven’t played anything like our best cricket in the competition so far. In other years we’ve won our group games and then lost form at the knock-out stages. Perhaps this season we can squeeze through and go on from there.

“There was some good bowling from Gloucestershire, but the two run-outs were pretty sloppy cricket and it was very disappointing to be bowled out well inside our 50 overs.”

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