Somerset edge thriller
Somerset eventually came out on top in a thrilling Royal London One-Day Cup clash at Glamorgan today to make it two wins out of two in the competition.
In a match that the visitors initially dominated, the result went right down to the wire.
Chasing 262 for victory, the home side collapsed to 21 for five in the sixth over but came within three runs of victory. However, Roelof van der Merwe had Lukas Carey caught by Azhar Ali at the second attempt at mid-off from the first ball of the penultimate over to spark wild celebrations amongst the visiting contingent.
Carey and Tim van der Gugten had added 57 for the final wicket, after David Lloyd and Graham Wagg had struck half centuries in mid-innings.
Somerset chose to bat after winning the toss, and were restricted to 35 for two after the 10 over Power Play. Marchant de Lange dismissed the openers in his first overs. Azhar Ali attempted to cut a rising delivery and the edge was parried by the wicketkeeper to slip, where David Lloyd held on to a one-handed catch.
The impressive Tom Banton, who had struck De Lange for six over square leg two balls earlier, then feathered one to Cooke, with Somerset relying on their experienced duo of Peter Trego and James Hildreth to rebuild the innings. They put on 48 for the third wicket, before Trego was bowled by former Somerset all-rounder Craig Meschede.
Tom Abell also offered some resistance, helping Hildreth to add a further 57.
However, Marnus Labuschagne captured the next three wickets. Abell was stumped, Lewis Gregory was similarly deceived and then Hildreth, who had played a composed innings of 67, was caught attempting to clear long -off.
Somerset’s last two wickets added an invaluable 83 with Craig Overton leading the way with an undefeated 41 from balls.
Overton and Josh Davey then shared the first five wickets, with both bowlers bowling a full, accurate length. On a slow pitch, Overton sacrificed pace for accuracy, as the Glamorgan batsman failed to cope, and had it not been for a 99-run partnership between David Lloyd and Graham Wagg, complmented by the last wicket pair, Glamorgan would have been further embarrassed.
After the nail-biting finish, Craig Overton said: “Glamorgan deserve credit for getting back into the game, but we stuck to our task. We were relieved to see Azhar taking that tumbling catch. Those last two wickets of ours adding over 80 was also a boost, and it eventually won us the game”.
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