Somerset v Northamptonshire, FLt20 Midlands/Wales/West Group, Taunton June 17, 2012

Cool Buttler sees Somerset home


Somerset 141 for 5 (Buttler 58*) beat Northamptonshire 137 for 5 (White 47*) by five wickets

Jos Buttler's unbeaten 58 saw Somerset to a thrilling five-wicket win over Northants with one ball to spare at Taunton. Buttler, overlooked for England's latest one-day international squad, produced two scooped boundaries off the last two balls of the penultimate over to reach a brilliant half-century off 36 balls.

Northants had posted 137 for 5 after winning the toss, Cameron White hitting 47 not out and David Willey an unbeaten 30 as George Dockrell was the pick of the Somerset bowlers with 2 for 17. The visitors defended the total tenaciously, with James Middlebrook and Jack Brooks taking two wickets each but could not contain Buttler, who received valuable support from Arul Suppiah at the death.

The result gave the hosts five points from their first three Midlands/Wales/West Group games and they look a good bet for another strong challenge in the competition. Even without overseas recruits Richard Levi and Albie Morkel, back home representing South Africa in a T20 series with Zimbabwe, Somerset were impressive, particularly in the field.

They were rewarded for their decision to use spin in the opening power play. Dockrell was introduced for the third over and soon had Kyle Coetzer caught at cover.

That encouraged skipper Alfonso Thomas to employ Suppiah's left-arm spin and he quickly accepted a return catch off Rob Newton to make it 24 for 2. There was then an all-Irish wicket as Niall O'Brien was caught by brother Kevin attempting to reverse sweep Dockrell.

It was 75 for 4 when Alex Wakely edged a catch behind off legspinner Max Waller and 85 for 5 when the out-of-touch Con de Lange was caught at long-on off Kevin O'Brien's first delivery. White and Willey were forced to exercise some caution and, while White did his best to bolster the innings, he was only able to find the boundary three times.

Somerset almost misjudged the pace of their reply and looked in trouble, when 29 were needed off the last three overs, but that presented no problem to the hugely talented Buttler.

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  • John on June 18, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    @Sirsobers/TheHoneymonster - Well , you learn something new everyday. I presume Trott and KP were not sought after by Smith as they played over here for a few years before playing for Eng and they are much better players than Craig , so maybe there aren't many great WK/Batsmen in SA? I think I actually rate Jos higher than Craig both in front of and behind the stumps , but Jos is an excellent fielder too.

  • Bryn on June 18, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    buttler is one of very few good young english cricketers. seems like a decent chap aswell based on his prematch interview

  • Joe on June 18, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    As an Englishman, I am deeply proud that the young players England have are indeed very talented especially Jos Butler. He definitely needs to play in the England T20 and ODI games and hopefully one day, be in the Test Squad so I hope the selectors consider him for the ENG-AUS one-day series.

  • o on June 18, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Yeah he rejected his pleas before his debut Smith was very vocal about it,Kieswetter played South Africa age groups up to u19 and with Boucher on the way out he was always going to be on the cards disappointing he turned them down as he would of had a longer career but it obviously comes down to economics I'm afraid whether anyway wants to admit it or not.

  • Simon on June 18, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Well done Jos, super innings. Northants would defnitely have won this one without him. Perhaps Somerset should have gone for Cameron White again after Gayle went. I don't know whether it was the pitch, but Trego seems to be very against going for it and hitting risky shots these days, which is exactly what he's up the order to do, not to go at a run a ball - which others (Compton, Suppiah and Hildreth) can probably do better. He's trying to play a 'proper' batting role through the powerplay overs and trying to preserve his wicket holding one end together. I'm a big fan of Trego, but T20 is played to a system where you play riskily and accept you'll lose your wicket, not get bogged down and cause pressure. 25 off 15 balls in the first 4 overs would probably have seen Somerset cruise home. The strategy can change if the game develops differently. If Trego hasnt got the power to clear the boundary ropes he should be down at 5 or 6 to come in and be forced to go for it, but we know he has

  • Samuel on June 18, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    JG - there was word soon before he qualified for England that Smith made an approach to gently enquire as to whether he might change his mind, but nothing more than that. Buttler SHOULD be in the England squads but he had such a tough baptism in the winter, although it should be said that coming in on slow, sluggish tracks against Ajmal and Afridi and being told to smack it around from ball one isn't exactly the easiest of assignments. He also hasn't had a particularly great run since he returned from injury, but an 80-odd in the championship and this innings suggest he is finding some form. He just seems to have an excellent temperament - he reminds me of Eoin Morgan; cool, calculating, inventive and able to slog a few out of the park for good measure too. He'll be back in England colours before too long.

  • John on June 18, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @SIRSOBERS on (June 17 2012, 23:24 PM GM) Are you sure CK turned Smith down? I didn't realise he was anywhere near the SA team selection?

  • Mark on June 17, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    @the_wallster: Totally agree, Buttler is def behind Bairstow for tests, but Buttler is an immense talent for limeted overs games. He has played some amazing innings and today was no difference, he was the sole batting reason Somerset won. Also Dockrell bowled sublimely again, I hope he does well against Oz for Ireland next week, he is a great young talent.

  • o on June 17, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    If he was South African or Irish he might have a chance . . . Seriously though this guy is much better than Kieswetter and should be in both ODI and T20 11 ahead of the South African with a looka t replacing Prior once he retires. I'm sure it will just be a matter of time should serve Kieswetter right for turning down Smith and SouthAfrica as his England days will surely be up as Butler seems far more gifted and delivers under pressure.

  • John on June 17, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Very well played Jos. He looked scratchy last week but did the biz today. Also was good to see Suppiah bowl some overs to good effect today. Anyone know when Morkel/Levi return? I must admit that with the exception of Buttler and Suppiah at the end our batsmen looked very bogged down. I know that it was not the usual Taunton pitch but I worry about where we are going to score our runs at pace without Levi,Morkel,CK and Tres - esp if Jos goes cheaply.OMG just thinking that Jos will be lost during the T20 series. England selectors , please drop him , he's no good - honest

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