Friends Life t20 - Final

Leicestershire v Somerset

Leicestershire won by 18 runs

6.55pm Right, after all that excitement, it's back to the real excitement. Leicestershire will bat first ... Murali Karthik will open to Razzaq

6.50pm So, the formalities are over. It's time for the Mascots Derby! I would commentate, but frankly my fingers are fried. But Charlie the Fox has snuck over the line in a splendid omen for Leicestershire

6.45pm It's toss time. Matthew Hoggard calls tails, it's a head, and Marcus Trescothick wins and Somerset will bowl first. Hoggard has had a bath and had a chance to recover from his thrilling first semi, and he's happy to embrace the underdog role. "Somerset have been here before," he said.

Somerset have made one change - the spinner Dockrell makes way for the seamer Kirby. Leicestershire have also made a late change, I believe Boyce is out, but it's come at the very last minute. Naik comes in ...

Leicestershire JJ Cobb, AB McDonald, WI Jefferson, J du Toit, JWA Taylor, PA Nixon†, Abdul Razzaq, WA White, CW Henderson, MJ Hoggard*, JKH Naik

Somerset ME Trescothick*, C Kieswetter†, PD Trego, JC Hildreth, JC Buttler, KA Pollard, AV Suppiah, CAJ Meschede, AC Thomas, M Kartik, SP Kirby

6.40pm Hello? Here already? It's the Final between Somerset and Leicestershire, and both teams have aged several aeons in the time and manner it has taken to reach this point ...

0.1

Kartik to Abdul Razzaq, no run, signs of spin first-up, cut to point

0.2

Kartik to Abdul Razzaq, no run, definite signs of spin! Razzaq is well beaten outside off

0.3

Kartik to Abdul Razzaq, no run, cunning bowling, nothing given away so far

0.4

Kartik to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, a touch too short, and Razzaq slams that one through the covers. That'll do

0.5

Kartik to Abdul Razzaq, no run, tossed up, and that one goes straight on. Solid defence

0.6

Kartik to Abdul Razzaq, no run, a ripper to finish! Sharp spin, and straight past the edge

Tresco might wish he'd kept Dockrell after seeing that turn ... Here's Thomas, how's the adrenalin after that over?

End of over 1 (4 runs) Leicestershire 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
Abdul Razzaq    4* (6b 1x4)      M Kartik    1-0-4-0
JJ Cobb    0* (0b)     

1.1

Thomas to Cobb, no run, good line and length, respectfully defended back down the track

1.2

Thomas to Cobb, 1 wide, misdirected, down the leg side

1.2

Thomas to Cobb, 2 runs, crashed hard through point, but Suppiah half-stops to save the boundary

1.3

Thomas to Cobb, FOUR, leg-stump line, in the slot, and duly slotted over the top for a couple-of-bounces four

1.4

Thomas to Cobb, FOUR, short and leg-sided, a gimme, and that one is helped round the corner

1.5

Thomas to Cobb, no run, better response, as this one zips back into Cobb and beats a wild swing on the inside edge

1.6

Thomas to Cobb, SIX, short and hoisted over long-on! That only just clears the rope, but no-one's going to be checking that in the scorebook!

End of over 2 (17 runs) Leicestershire 21/0 (RR: 10.50)
JJ Cobb    16* (6b 2x4 1x6)      AC Thomas    1-0-17-0
Abdul Razzaq    4* (6b 1x4)      M Kartik    1-0-4-0

Ironically, Thomas's over has gone for 17 ... if he'd produced that half an hour ago ... here's Kirby

2.1

Kirby to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, skiddy pace, good line, Razzaq finds the gap

2.2

Kirby to Cobb, no run, excellent slower ball, and a wild-swinging Cobb is beaten all ends up as the ball just sneaks past his off stump

2.3

Kirby to Cobb, no run, brilliant change-up from Kirby ... extra pace, and Cobb's pull drops into the crease. The competitive Kirby charges through in his followthrough to prevent a single

2.4

Kirby to Cobb, 2 runs, slapped loosely over extra cover, where Trescothick backpedals but can't get close

2.5

Kirby to Cobb, OUT, an enormous steepler! A loose pull, a top-edge, there's snow on the ball before it reaches Pollard, who snaffles it with consummate ease

JJ Cobb c Pollard b Kirby 18 (10m 10b 2x4 1x6) SR: 180.00

A good little cameo from Cobb, he's got his team up and running

Weather watch from Liam Brickhill, our man at the ground. "There's cloud, but it's thin and fairly dispersed. The rain seems to have come from the west today, and that part of the sky looks pretty friendly." Hurray

2.6

Kirby to Abdul Razzaq, no run, good finish to the over, outside off and zipping through to the keeper

End of over 3 (3 runs) Leicestershire 24/1 (RR: 8.00)
Abdul Razzaq    5* (8b 1x4)      SP Kirby    1-0-3-1
WI Jefferson    0* (0b)      AC Thomas    1-0-17-0

Here comes the recent catcher, Pollard

3.1

Pollard to Jefferson, 1 run, back of a length, driven on the up to cover, a gather and a shy, and Jefferson would have been out had it hit

3.2

Pollard to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, good extra lift off the pitch from the tall Pollard. Defended off the back foot

3.3

Pollard to Jefferson, no run, slower ball, Jefferson pulls in slow-motion to midwicket, and again he would have been out with a hit

3.4

Pollard to Jefferson, no run, a cunning little cutter, off the seam, strikes the thigh pad. It's a dot, and that'll do

3.5

Pollard to Jefferson, 1 run, another cutter, short fine leg tidies up for a single

3.6

Pollard to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, a slow bouncer, but a very well directed one. Pulled to square leg, and that's a fine over

End of over 4 (4 runs) Leicestershire 28/1 (RR: 7.00)
Abdul Razzaq    7* (10b 1x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-4-0
WI Jefferson    2* (4b)      SP Kirby    1-0-3-1

4.1

Kirby to Abdul Razzaq, 1 wide, fired down the leg side

4.1

Kirby to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, outside off, and Karthik at point dives over what ought to have been a regulation stop. A back-of-the-hand slower delivery, that was

4.2

Kirby to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, unlucky. A sharp shy from mid-on, takes out the stumps at the non-striker's end, as Jefferson again rides his luck. The ball scoots away to no-man's land, and they pick up overthrows

4.3

Kirby to Abdul Razzaq, 1 wide, down the leg side. Kirby is chuntering to himself and everyone else

4.3

Kirby to Abdul Razzaq, no run, much better! Outside off and climbing through to the keeper. A Test match length, and that's the way to go on a zippy deck

4.4

Kirby to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, Jefferson has now survived three missed shies, and one direct hit! That ball was going nowhere but Kieswetter the keeper, but his throw to the far end was wayward

4.5

Kirby to Jefferson, FOUR, too short, helped off the hip. Expensive over

4.6

Kirby to Jefferson, 1 run, undercut into the crease, a quick single to complete a wayward over

End of over 5 (14 runs) Leicestershire 42/1 (RR: 8.40)
WI Jefferson    7* (6b 1x4)      SP Kirby    2-0-17-1
Abdul Razzaq    14* (14b 2x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-4-0

Karthik to have another go

5.1

Kartik to Jefferson, no run, good spin from a leg-stump line. Jefferson misses out on the sweep

5.2

Kartik to Jefferson, 1 run, full toss, but patted to long-off

5.3

Kartik to Abdul Razzaq, no run, cracking delivery, Gilo to Martyn-esque! Appeal for lbw, but that's pitched outside leg

5.4

Kartik to Abdul Razzaq, no run, beaten outside off. Great bowling

5.5

Kartik to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, a single to keep the scoreboard ticking

5.6

Kartik to Jefferson, no run, a huge appeal from Kieswetter, and they take a look, but Jefferson's toe is on the line

End of over 6 (2 runs) Leicestershire 44/1 (RR: 7.33)
WI Jefferson    8* (9b 1x4)      M Kartik    2-0-6-0
Abdul Razzaq    15* (17b 2x4)      SP Kirby    2-0-17-1

That's the Powerplay done and dusted ...

6.1

Suppiah to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, too short, and smeared through the leg side

6.2

Suppiah to Abdul Razzaq, no run, chopped through backward point, but Razzaq isn't interested in the single

6.3

Suppiah to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, cut behind point once again

6.4

Suppiah to Jefferson, 1 run, full length, on the pads, tucked into the gap at midwicket

6.5

Suppiah to Abdul Razzaq, no run, Razzaq wanted a wide out of that, but he wasn't rewarded

6.6

Suppiah to Abdul Razzaq, no run, good line and length, straightening on middle and defended

End of over 7 (6 runs) Leicestershire 50/1 (RR: 7.14)
Abdul Razzaq    20* (22b 3x4)      AV Suppiah    1-0-6-0
WI Jefferson    9* (10b 1x4)      M Kartik    2-0-6-0

7.1

Kartik to Jefferson, no run, in the blockhole, threatening to turn, fended to gully

7.2

Kartik to Jefferson, 1 run, a clunking drive to deep cover

7.3

Kartik to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, width outside off, driven to cover

7.4

Kartik to Jefferson, no run, a massive mow, and Jefferson is lucky that bounced! Outside leg, and passes over the top of middle!

7.5

Kartik to Jefferson, no run, more great flight and bite

7.6

Kartik to Jefferson, 1 run, an unconvincing mow to cow corner, but drops inches short of Thomas, running in from the boundary

End of over 8 (3 runs) Leicestershire 53/1 (RR: 6.62)
WI Jefferson    11* (15b 1x4)      M Kartik    3-0-9-0
Abdul Razzaq    21* (23b 3x4)      AV Suppiah    1-0-6-0

8.1

Suppiah to Jefferson, 2 runs, swept hard from outside off, and that's stopped well enough on the boundary's edge. It's slippy out there

8.2

Suppiah to Jefferson, no run, turn and bounce. There's life in this wicket

8.3

Suppiah to Jefferson, no run, defended solidly

8.4

Suppiah to Jefferson, SIX, humungous hit, and that will make him feel better! Right to the pitch of the ball and hoisted over long-on

8.5

Suppiah to Jefferson, SIX, even bigger! Down on one knee and butchered over midwicket!

8.6

Suppiah to Jefferson, 1 wide, big turn, and Jefferson can't reach the ball with a wild swing

8.6

Suppiah to Jefferson, 1 run, held back a touch and clubbed through point

End of over 9 (16 runs) Leicestershire 69/1 (RR: 7.66)
WI Jefferson    26* (21b 1x4 2x6)      AV Suppiah    2-0-22-0
Abdul Razzaq    21* (23b 3x4)      M Kartik    3-0-9-0

Here's Pollard again. His cutters have been a handful so far

9.1

Pollard to Jefferson, 2 wides, that's a grotty first ball. Banged in far too short and well down leg side

9.1

Pollard to Abdul Razzaq, 1 leg bye, a cracking follow-up! Hits the seam and going down, but a good lbw shout!

9.2

Pollard to Jefferson, 1 bye

9.3

Pollard to Abdul Razzaq, no run, holds this one back a touch, and Razzaq's ambitious swipe found thin air

9.4

Pollard to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, bouncer, battered in front of square on the leg side, almost tennis-smash style

9.5

Pollard to Jefferson, FOUR, too much air outside off, and Jefferson's long levers were always favourite once he'd reached the shot. Cover can't intercept

9.6

Pollard to Jefferson, no run, no single to finish

End of over 10 (9 runs) Leicestershire 78/1 (RR: 7.80)
WI Jefferson    30* (24b 2x4 2x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-11-0
Abdul Razzaq    22* (26b 3x4)      AV Suppiah    2-0-22-0

10.1

Thomas to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, wheeled away, outside off, and cut fiercely backward of square. Thomas has lost his mojo since that over ...

10.2

Thomas to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, crunched through point. Too wide again, and Somerset's gun seamer is having a terrible time ...

10.3

Thomas to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, much better, fuller and straighter, and takes an inside-edge to save the lbw appeal

10.4

Thomas to Jefferson, 1 run, low full toss, but arrow straight. No width is the key at the moment

10.5

Thomas to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full and straight again, and pushed to cover

10.6

Thomas to Jefferson, 2 runs, brilliantly battered, straight down the ground, but an excellent dive saves four on the boundary's edge.

Thomas hauls it back a touch, but he still went for 13

End of over 11 (13 runs) Leicestershire 91/1 (RR: 8.27)
WI Jefferson    33* (26b 2x4 2x6)      AC Thomas    2-0-30-0
Abdul Razzaq    32* (30b 5x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-11-0

11.1

Pollard to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, fierce cut, good stop at point

11.2

Pollard to Jefferson, 1 run, short, Jefferson middles his pull, but Hildreth saves a blinder at square leg! Great fielding

11.3

Pollard to Abdul Razzaq, 1 wide, way outside off

11.3

Pollard to Abdul Razzaq, no run, a wide swing of the bat as Pollard's change of pace works again

11.4

Pollard to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, great bowling from Pollard, a full-length slower ball, and Razzaq completely mis-times his drive back to the bowler

Abdul Razzaq c & b Pollard 33 (43m 33b 5x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

A much-needed breakthrough ... if Razzaq had been there at the death there would have been hell to play. Here's du Toit

11.5

Pollard to du Toit, no run, firmly blocked, on a good length

11.6

Pollard to du Toit, no run, outside off, climbing past the edge. Good finish to an important wicket-taking over

End of over 12 (3 runs) Leicestershire 94/2 (RR: 7.83)
J du Toit    0* (2b)      KA Pollard    3-0-14-1
WI Jefferson    34* (27b 2x4 2x6)      AC Thomas    2-0-30-0

Suppiah returns to take pace off the ball

12.1

Suppiah to Jefferson, 1 run, tossed up, onto the toes, and sliced in the air just wide of extra cover

12.2

Suppiah to du Toit, no run, attempted reverse-sweep, no contact, and no run

12.3

Suppiah to du Toit, no run, big spin from a good length, a conventional sweep this time

12.4

Suppiah to du Toit, no run, driven firmly to cover

12.5

Suppiah to du Toit, 1 run, on a good length, driven to long-on

12.6

Suppiah to Jefferson, OUT, that was coming all over long! The tourniquet had been tightened, and Jefferson falls! Very full, very straight, and that stuck the back knee as another sweep was missed. Big Will hints there might have been an under-edge, but he's got to go

WI Jefferson lbw b Suppiah 35 (37m 29b 2x4 2x6) SR: 120.68

End of over 13 (2 runs) Leicestershire 96/3 (RR: 7.38)
     AV Suppiah    3-0-24-1
J du Toit    1* (6b)      KA Pollard    3-0-14-1

Two new batsmen, and one of them is the retiring (age sense, not outgoing sense) Paul Nixon. His last innings in England ...

13.1

Meschede to du Toit, 1 run, biffed on the up to mid-on

13.2

Meschede to Nixon, no run, jabbed to cover, and there's no way through there

13.3

Meschede to Nixon, no run, outside off, and ghosts past the edge

13.4

Meschede to Nixon, no run, clobbered back down the track, but too straight, and hits the stumps

13.5

Meschede to Nixon, FOUR, that's how Nixon operates! Uses the crease to create some depth to his pull, and picks the gap at midwicket

13.6

Meschede to Nixon, OUT, astounding! Pollard needed four grabs to intercept a swish to mid-off, but he just saved the ball as it plummeted to earth

PA Nixon c Pollard b Meschede 4 (3m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

A sad end to his batting days, but Nixon won't be out of the action later on, that much can be assumed ... a fond ovation from a still-packed crowd

End of over 14 (5 runs) Leicestershire 101/4 (RR: 7.21)
     CAJ Meschede    1-0-5-1
J du Toit    2* (7b)      AV Suppiah    3-0-24-1

14.1

Suppiah to McDonald, no run, good line and length, and a threat of turn always there

14.2

Suppiah to McDonald, 1 run, tucked off the toes

14.3

Suppiah to du Toit, OUT, reverse sweep, but Kirby pre-empted the stroke and was in position at backward point by the time the ball arrived!

J du Toit c Kirby b Suppiah 2 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Leicestershire's innings is wobbling, but they've got some classy players still to come.

14.4

Suppiah to Taylor, no run, punched off the back foot

14.5

Suppiah to Taylor, 2 runs, squirted out to deep extra cover, and there's a couple in that stroke

14.6

Suppiah to Taylor, no run, flogged square drive, but straight to the fielder

End of over 15 (3 runs) Leicestershire 104/5 (RR: 6.93)
JWA Taylor    2* (3b)      AV Suppiah    4-0-27-2
AB McDonald    1* (2b)      CAJ Meschede    1-0-5-1

So, five overs to go. Thomas will have two of them, presumably ... here's Meschede

15.1

Meschede to McDonald, no run, cut to point, no way through

15.2

Meschede to McDonald, 1 run, squared up, and dropped! A leading edge, and the bowler didn't react in time!

15.3

Meschede to Taylor, 2 runs, flicked off the toes to backward square

15.4

Meschede to Taylor, 1 run, tucked up on leg stump, a scampered single

15.5

Meschede to McDonald, 2 runs, pumped down the ground to long-off, where Kirby fields as shies as he topples backwards. Did pretty well in the circumstances

15.6

Meschede to McDonald, 1 run, shuffles across the stumps to pick off another single. A good over

End of over 16 (7 runs) Leicestershire 111/5 (RR: 6.93)
AB McDonald    5* (6b)      CAJ Meschede    2-0-12-1
JWA Taylor    5* (5b)      AV Suppiah    4-0-27-2

Murali Karthik has been a menace all innings. Here he goes

16.1

Kartik to McDonald, 1 run, on the spot again, tweaking towards off. Helped with the spin to cover

16.2

Kartik to Taylor, 1 leg bye, quicker ball, slides through and strikes the pad

16.3

Kartik to McDonald, 1 run, short, and pulled hard to deep midwicket. Good stroke, but no much reward

16.4

Kartik to Taylor, 1 run, reverse sweep, another well-middled stroke, but point tumbles to save

16.5

Kartik to McDonald, 1 run, quicker and fuller, driven one-handed to backward point

16.6

Kartik to Taylor, 1 run, a fraction short, but under-cut to slip. Karthik is bowled out, 4 overs for 14 is a good evening's work

End of over 17 (6 runs) Leicestershire 117/5 (RR: 6.88)
JWA Taylor    7* (8b)      M Kartik    4-0-14-0
AB McDonald    8* (9b)      CAJ Meschede    2-0-12-1

Right, here's Alfonso. He's already bowled one super over today. He needs two more

17.1

Thomas to Taylor, 2 runs, pulled through midwicket, no great venom

17.2

Thomas to Taylor, no run, outside off, good climb off the deck, and an air stroke

17.3

Thomas to Taylor, 1 run, a low full-toss, drilled to long-off

17.4

Thomas to McDonald, no run, a blockhole ball, not quite a yorker, but effective enough. McDonald can't middle his swipe

17.5

Thomas to McDonald, 2 runs, another full toss, perfectly placed push into the gap, but a great slide and save from Suppiah, tidied up by his team-mate. That's team-work!

17.6

Thomas to McDonald, 1 run, and a yorker to finish. Just a single, and no boundary from a typically inventive over

End of over 18 (6 runs) Leicestershire 123/5 (RR: 6.83)
AB McDonald    11* (12b)      AC Thomas    3-0-36-0
JWA Taylor    10* (11b)      M Kartik    4-0-14-0

Pollard's cutters to share the death duties

18.1

Pollard to McDonald, 1 run, short and slow outside off. Pulled flaccidly to midwicket

18.2

Pollard to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor sets himself early, but the ball arrives late. A dab to point

18.3

Pollard to McDonald, 2 runs, slapped up and over extra cover, but Somerset's outfielders are alert. Thomas gathers and rolls to safety

18.4

Pollard to McDonald, OUT, brilliant from Thomas at deep extra. Lofted drive from McDonald, the fielder made good ground, slid in to gather, and Leicestershire haven't reached the boundary for almost five overs

AB McDonald c Thomas b Pollard 14 (18m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 93.33

18.5

Pollard to Taylor, FOUR, there's the boundary, short and uppercut through third man. Shot

18.6

Pollard to Taylor, 2 runs, good scampering from Taylor, a well-placed clip-push into the gap at mid-on

Six Thomas allsorts to go, and Leicestershire need a big'un ...

End of over 19 (10 runs) Leicestershire 133/6 (RR: 7.00)
JWA Taylor    17* (14b 1x4)      KA Pollard    4-0-24-2
WA White    0* (0b)      AC Thomas    3-0-36-0

19.1

Thomas to White, FOUR, that's the way to do it! A touch too wide, Wayne White picked it early, and slapped it through extra cover!

19.2

Thomas to White, 2 runs, on the toes, clipped to midwicket. Two more, and it's a good start ...

19.3

Thomas to White, 2 runs, slower ball, almost an offbreak, and a big wipe lands safe at square leg. They all count

19.4

Thomas to White, 2 runs, low full toss, outside off, and a clip to mid-on results in a fumble and an easy second

19.5

Thomas to White, 1 leg bye, yorker length, outside off, strikes the pad and they rush through

Titch Taylor to finish the innings ...

19.6

Thomas to Taylor, 1 run, undercut into the crease, one more to finish the innings.

It was a good start from Leicestershire, but a slack finish. Somerset need 146, back in five

End of over 20 (12 runs) Leicestershire 145/6
JWA Taylor    18* (15b 1x4)      AC Thomas    4-0-47-0
WA White    10* (5b 1x4)      KA Pollard    4-0-24-2
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Aug 27, 2011

Leicestershire's players celebrate victory over Somerset in Twenty20 finals day at Edgbaston, Leicestershire v Somerset, Final, Friends Life t20, Edgbaston, August 27 2011

Leicestershire's players celebrate victory over Somerset in Twenty20 finals day at Edgbaston

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Aug 27, 2011

Paul Nixon celebrates Leicestershire's triumph with the fans, Leicestershire v Somerset, Final, Friends Life t20, Edgbaston, August 27 2011

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