Glamorgan v Somerset, Friends Life t20, Cardiff July 5, 2011

Suppiah sets new T20 world record


Somerset 99 for 5 beat Glamorgan 98 by five wickets

Somerset spinner Arul Suppiah took world-record Twenty20 figures of 6 for 5 in his side's five-wicket Friends Life t20 victory over Glamorgan at Cardiff.

The home side, who were put into bat by Somerset, had no answer to Suppiah and the other two spinners, Murali Kartik and Max Waller, as they were dismissed for just 98 - their second worst total in the tournament - in just 17.4 overs of an 18-overs-per-side contest which was reduced because of rain.

Suppiah's record figures, which bettered Sohail Tanvir's 6 for 14 for Rajasthan against Chennai in Jaipur in May 2008, came from 3.4 overs as all 10 Glamorgan wickets fell to the Somerset spinners.

In reply Somerset got over the winning line with 21 balls to spare, Kieron Pollard finishing unbeaten on 31 from 20 balls.

On the turning pitch, which had been used for two previous t20 matches, the Welsh county's first two wickets to fall came through attempted reverse sweeps.

Captain Alviro Petersen was out for a duck to the fifth ball of the innings to Kartik's slow left-armers - caught at extra cover - and Gareth Rees was trapped leg before wicket by Waller at the start of the sixth after smashing 34 from 20 balls including two sixes.

From 41 for 2 Glamorgan sank to 54 for 3, Mark Cosgrove holing out to long-on off Waller having scored just nine from 15 balls. And with Kartik virtually unplayable on a spin-friendly surface Mark Wallace found himself stumped down the leg-side as Glamorgan stuttered to 72 for four.

It did not get any better for the home side as Suppiah entered the attack and they were soon reduced to 83 for 7. Kartik finished with 2 for 15 from his four overs - he went for just 13 singles and a two - while Suppiah accounted for the last four wickets to fall as Glamorgan set Somerset 99 to win.

The visitors also struggled on the tricky wicket and found themselves 44 for 4 within eight overs, Marcus Trescothick caught at short fine leg off Dean Cosker for 16. Robert Croft struck twice to remove both Peter Trego (11) and Kartik (11) before Pollard struck Simon Jones for three fours in an over to take the pressure off the Somerset chase.

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  • Stark on July 6, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    @ Munkey and actonr

    My point is that he can't emulate this type of performance in the international circuit!

    Yes, players are picked from counties but does that mean all the players are fit enough to play Int. cricket?

    Glamorgan are a prime example of players that aren't good enough to get a view in the int. scene with the exception of Croft.

    He did it against mediocre players but I understand it's a county record!

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    its a amazing stuff proud to see a malaysian doing great at tht level of cricket ........

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    It's obviously a world record for professional domestic t20 cricket which is played all around the world and hence is a world record.

  • Ryan on July 6, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    @Stark62 - If county cricket, or indeed 1st class and A level cricket was so poor that these records shouldnt be counted, then by that theory, international cricketers would smash 100s or take 6 wickets every time they played at this level. This is the level where international cricketers are chosen from therefore the level is more than enough to give credit to these sorts of performances. To dismiss these as inconsequential is ridiculous. Also, your point about Jack Hobbs is a poor one as he is regarded as a great of the game at any level. With the strength of English cricket when he was in his prime, there was bound to be many outstanding batsmen throughout the county scene that never played international cricket. Are their performances any less credible? They would have surely faced many international quality bowlers so why should their records be devalued. I say well done to the man for his excellent performance in a highly competitive league.

  • Mark on July 6, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    I don't get what point you are making @Stark62. McCullum's 158* and Napier's 152* are both in the T20 records. All domestic competitions are included in that, county cricket, IPL, Big Bash, everything. There are separate records for international matches so no need to get your knickers in a twist, that's what people are obviously mainly judged on anyway.

    As for Jack Hobbs he generally is regarded as one of the best of all time, inventor of playing in the V and would have played more tests if he didn't have to fight in the war.

  • Stark on July 6, 2011, 10:25 GMT


    It's county cricket!

    McCullum's 150 odd in the ipl won't be counted.

    Do it in the International scene and then we will acknowledge your achievement.

    If first class games were counted then, I'm sure Jack Hobbs would be the greatest batsmen of all time but he only played 61 Test matches and averaged 56.94 but against mostly SA (18) and Aus (41) plus, 2 matches against the Windies.

  • John on July 6, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    @donda - why is 20-20 batsman paradise? The batting conditions are the same as longer one-day matches, the only difference being batsmen have to score much more quickly. Bowlers are always saying how they like batsmen coming at them so, the shorter the game, the easier wickets are to take.

  • Mark on July 6, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    How long I wonder before someone posts that this should not be counted as a record because it happened in English county cricket? It does not matter where or at what level, this is a quite astonishing performance to take 6 wickets in just 24 deliveries. He may never do anything similar again in his career and he should enjoy dining out on the back of this for the rest of the season!!

  • Mark on July 6, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    So glad I went in the end! The weather was miserable a few hours before but thanks to the ground staff we got a game! Great stuff to watch, even from the stands at cow corner you could see how much it was turning.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    That's nice! A new face will be remember as a great record holder in short version of cricket!

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