Gloucestershire v Somerset, YB40 Group C, Bristol August 26, 2013

Buttler guides Somerset into last four

Somerset 258 for 9 (Buttler 68*, Trescothick 50) beat Gloucestershire 246 for 7 (Thomas 3-41) by 12 runs

Jos Buttler's intelligent innings of 68 not out guided Somerset into the Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-finals with a 13-run victory over arch-rivals Gloucestershire at a packed County Ground in Bristol.

Buttler reined himself back on a two-paced pitch as wickets fell around him as the visitors posted 259 for nine after losing the toss. Marcus Trescothick contributed 50 and Craig Kieswetter 42, but the highlight of the innings was a hat-trick from left-arm spinner Tom Smith.

Gloucestershire replied with 246 for 7, having been given a good start by Michael Klinger and Hamish Marshall.

Alex Gidman, Chris Dent, and Ian Cockbain made a fight of it, but Alfonso Thomas used his experience to frustrate the hosts with 3 for 41.

It was a sad end for Gloucestershire to a day which had seen the opening of their plush new Bristol Pavilion, but results elsewhere meant that even a victory would not have put them in the semifinals. Somerset ended as Group C winners with a superior run-rate to Glamorgan's.

Trescothick and Kieswetter gave Somerset a great start to their innings with a century stand inside 13 overs. The ball after reaching his half-century, off 45 balls, with seven fours and a six, Trescothick was deceived by Craig Miles and drove a simple catch to cover.

Nick Compton fell first ball, guiding a Miles full toss to Ian Cockbain at backward point and it was 126 for 3 when Kieswetter, who had struck two big sixes, nicked a catch behind as he looked to pull a short delivery from Payne.

James Hildreth and Buttler were content to largely milk singles in a stand of 71 off 12.2 overs, which looked to have put Somerset in a strong position again.

But Smith had other ideas, sending back Craig Meschede, caught behind, and Lewis Gregory, who drove a catch to cover, with the fifth and sixth balls of the 30th over before completing the hat-trick by bowling Piyush Chawla with the first delivery of the 32nd.

Buttler was left in a difficult position as his team lost wickets in a cluster for the second time and left it until the last over to produce his trademark scoop shot off James Fuller to achieve his first six. He hit only four fours in facing 71 balls.

Gloucestershire looked well in it as Klinger and Marshall put on 63 in less than 10 overs before the latter drove a catch to long-off to give Chawla, Somerset's recent overseas signing, his first wicket for the county.

A key moment came when Chawla claimed a tumbling catch at short fine-leg off Steve Kirby to dismiss Klinger, who clearly felt the ball had bounced. After the umpires had consulted he was sent on his way and it was 92 for 2.

From then on Gloucestershire were always struggling to keep up with a run rate, which grew steadily from 6.5 an over to reach 10 by the last five overs. The canny Thomas used a succession of slow bouncers to good effect and, as Somerset's batsmen had found, it was not a pitch conducive to hitting a lot of boundaries.

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  • John on August 27, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @siltbreeze on (August 27, 2013, 8:45 GMT) True , but there must be a number of teams who with 3 or 4 games to go had little to play for. Re Jos's inns - I was away for the day so only caught the last 7 or 8 overs of the Gloucs inns. Re 6 No Balls - any idea what that meant? 6 no balls in a row? Maybe a no ball which hits the helmet behind the WK?

  • John on August 27, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney on (August 26, 2013, 23:44 GMT) Personally , I'd prefer a rejog of the ODI side and would prefer a different captain. We have so many explosive options for the top 2/3 (Carberry,Lumb,Hales,Wright,Craig,KP) and we go with Cook,Bell,Trott. Jos seems to feel that he needs to go from ball 1 for England and at times this year for Somerset and if he revisits his best performances , he plays himself in before launching - even in T20. When I say playing himself in , I mean a run a ball for 2 or 3 overs (depending on the situation) and not just blocking - eating up balls.

    @thebeardedblunder on (August 27, 2013, 6:03 GMT) Thanks for the heads up

    @ BRUTALANALYST on (August 27, 2013, 6:51 GMT) Maybe they've been trying to boost crowds - games can start later etc. Anyway it seems they'll be doing the 50 over fmt next year

  • Martin on August 27, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    I actually think this format has worked really well and the fears of dead games have been largely unfounded. Only 2 of the 9 matches in the last round yesterday had nothing riding on them, and teams have really had to earn a semi spot.

  • Martin on August 27, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Buttler still needs to learn to farm the strike a little better - the last ten overs yesterday, batting with the tail, he faced well under half the deliveries. Still a good effort by Jos and Somerset, although we tried to keep Glouc in it by bowling Overton the penultimate over instead of Kirby (6 no balls?!).

  • o on August 27, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I agree jmcilhinney England have been far too defensive in both short formats ODI and T20 I'd really liked to have seen Carberry opening in both ODI and T20 and the addition of players like Stokes,Ballance,Trego, Willey,Kieswetter in 11 or squads.

  • o on August 27, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @JG2704 "I'm just wondering if they could restructure the competition so that it is similar to T20 , so that it's regionalised(less travelling etc) and that 8 teams from 3 groups qualify for QFs etc. I just wonder how many sides just go through the motions for the last few games - nothing of significance to play for" this would be common sense thing to do and also make it 50 overs as that's what we play at International level what's the point in practicing or playing 40 overs when it's 50 at international level ?

  • Adrian on August 27, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Re JG2704 - i'm sure i've read somewhere that next season there will be quarterfinals in this competition-albeit a 50 over competition I think from next year.

  • John on August 26, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    This is positive news for England ahead of the limited-overs against Australia. Hopefully this will be the year that Buttler fulfils his promise and really dominates on the international scene but I'm not sure that England's approach (steady start and hit out later) is the most conducive to his development because he often has basically no time to settle. He probably needs to learn to take a few sighters even when quick runs are needed.

  • John on August 26, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Seems from the scorecard that it was quite a mature innings from Jos.

    Anyway it's a relief to have won the game especially without our player of the competition - Peter Trego. Extremely tough trip to Nottingham but it was there or Hants.

    I'm just wondering if they could restructure the competition so that it is similar to T20 , so that it's regionalised (less travelling etc) and that 8 teams from 3 groups qualify for QFs etc. I just wonder how many sides just go through the motions for the last few games - nothing of significance to play for

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