Somerset beat Glamorgan by eight wickets in their Vitality Blast T20 match at Taunton. (writes Andrew Hignell)
With the Welsh county fielding an unchanged side, it was Billy Root and Dan Douthwaite who began their innings after being invited to bat first, but Max Waller struck with his second delivery as he trapped Douthwaite leg before. Andrew Balbirnie began by on-driving Craig Overton for four before lofting Ollie Sale for four to square-leg followed by a another four over point, But later in the over, the Irishman was caught by Ben Green at mid-wicket as he attempted to pull Sale.
22-2 saw Chris Cooke arrive in the middle but three runs later Green claimed his second catch at cover as Root drove at Josh Davey. Cooke responded by straight driving Davey before pulling Sale for six as Glamorgan ended the powerplay on 39-3. Cooke then added a second maximum as he pulled Green for six but later in the over Kiran Carlson lofted the all-rounder into Waller’s hands as Glamorgan slipped to 56-4.
Callum Taylor and Cooke then accumulated in singles until the captain on-drove Waller for four before Taylor flat-batted Waller through the covers for four. But with the total on 82 Taylor miscued a ramp stroke against Green with James Hildreth completing the catch at short third man. Graham Wagg joined Cooke but eight runs later Cooke skied a catch to cover before Ander salter skied a catch to long-off as the Welsh county slipped to 90-7.
Marchant de Lange responded by lofting Waller for six over long-on before biffing Green to backward square-leg for four. Wagg also hoiked the all-rounder to square-leg for four before de Lange whacked Davey to mid-wicket for four. Wagg then scooped Davey to George Bartlett at short fine-leg before Timm van der Gugten was dropped at mid-wicket. The ninth wicket pair scurried some one’s and two’s before de Lange scythed a boundary off the last ball as Glamorgan ended on 133-8.
George Bartlett began Somerset’s reply by pulling Prem Sisodiya for four before lofting Andrew Salter inside-out over extra-cover for six. But next ball he miscued Salter and Balbirnie completed the catch at point. With James Hildreth as his new partner, Steve Davies lofted Sisodiya to square-leg for four but next over he miscues a drive against van der Gugten to mid-on where Taylor completed the catch.
With his side on 24-2 Tom Abell began with a square-drive for four before Hildreth reverse-swept Sisodiya for four followed by a lofted drive over extra-cover against van der Gugten as Somerset ended the powerplays on 47-2. Abell then cover drove de Lange’s first delivery for four before steering the third through backward point for another boundary. He then lofted Dan Douthwaite to the ropes at backward square-leg for another boundary before dispatching him through point for another four.
Abell continued to find the ropes as he cover drove de Lange for four as Somerset eased to 81-2 at the halfway stage. The Somerset captain also steered Douthwaite through point for four before completing his fifty off 29 balls with a cover driven four against Salter. With his partner content to push the singles, Abell also swatted Wagg for four to mid-wicket before Hildreth cover-drove the left-armer for four. Abell then drilled salter over extra-cover for six to bring up the hundred stand before hitting the winning runs in the 17th over as Somerset romped to victory with 23 balls in hand.