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Somerset get back to winning ways at Lord's

Somerset got back to winning ways in this year’s Vitality Blast competition courtesy of a four-wicket win over Middlesex at Lord’s.

The victory ends a run of back to back defeats and takes Somerset above their hosts in the South Group table.

Eoin Morgan opted to bat after winning the toss and openers Paul Stirling and Max Holden produced a bright start with 27 in three overs.

However, Stirling (19) perished at the hands of Roelof van der Merwe when his paddle to the final ball of the fourth over failed to clear short backward square.

Former England U19 captain Holden continued to attack as the hosts reached 52 for one at the end of the powerplay.

The boundaries then dried up and Stevie Eskinazi holed out in the deep off Max Waller in search of much-needed acceleration.

Holden completed 50 from 36 balls but Waller, who claimed two for 23, then castled Morgan to leave Middesex on 110 for three.

Holden was eventually out going for one swing too many and was bowled by van der Merwe, who finished with two for 26.

Dwayne Bravo and debutant Ashton Agar supplied late impetus, the former hitting three sixes in succession as he raced to 32 off just 12 balls.

Agar then struck early in the visitors’ reply having Steve Davies superbly caught by Stirling, but Johann Myburgh took heavy toll of a fit again Steven Finn, hitting him for a six and successive fours.

Agar too was smashed over long on for a maximum and Myburgh then drilled the next ball back to the Australian who spilled the difficult chance of a return catch.

Peter Trego, so often the scourge of the Lord’s tenants, rubbed salt in the wounds by plundering another maximum from the last delivery of the spinner’s over. Tom Helm’s introduction brought no respite as he too was pulled into the Allen Stand as 50 came up inside five overs.

Bravo’s introduction into the attack brought a new twist to the drama as he first uprooted Myburgh’s middle stump to end a belligerent innings of 46 from 27 balls, before trapping James Hildreth lbw with his next delivery, leaving Somerset 59 for three.

Despite the double blow, Somerset refused to be subdued and Trego (32) again sent Agar beyond the ropes, but they were pegged back once more when he missed a short one from Nathan Sowter to be trapped leg before.

Corey Anderson then bludgeoned his way to 39 off 24 balls before holing out in the deep off Helm who then bowled Tom Abell, but the damage was done and Somerset skipper Lewis Gregory, who today signed a new three-year contract with Somerset, hit the winning boundary with 12 balls to spare.

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After the match Max Waller said: “I was a little concerned as they were a bit over par which I thought was 165-170. I think we let them pinch a few too many over the last few overs, but overall I thought it was a decent team effort and you could see by the way we batted that it was still a good wicket.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s match at Glamorgan Max, who currently has 98 T20 wickets to his name, said: “My first game and first T20 wicket was against Glamorgan and it’s my 100th game tomorrow so it would be a nice place to get the 100th wicket.”

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