Somerset v Notts, CB40 Group B, Taunton August 12, 2012

Rehman's six stuns Nottinghamshire

Somerset 209 for 5 (Trescothick 87*) beat Nottinghamshire 206 for 9 (Wessels 53, Rehman 6-16) by five wickets

Abdur Rehman marked his Clydesdale Bank 40 debut with 6 for 16 - a Somerset record in 40-over cricket - to help them to a five-wicket win over Nottinghamshire at Taunton.

The Pakistan left-arm spinner extracted turn and bounce from the pitch as Nottinghamshire struggled to 206 for 9, having been 96 for 1 in the 14th over. Riki Wessels hit 53, Michael Lumb 41 and Graeme White 39 not out.

Somerset needed only 29.2 overs to reach their target, Craig Kieswetter leading the way with a rapid 44 and skipper Marcus Trescothick seeing his side home with a responsible 87 not out off 69 balls with 10 fours and a six.

Rehman, who was given the new ball, switched ends twice during three spells and made the ball turn with increasing venom. His first victim was Alex Hales, lbw reverse sweeping for 7 with the total on 19.

There was no sign of the carnage ahead as Wessels and Lumb put on 77 for the second wicket in good time before Lumb carelessly pulled a to midwicket off Gemaal Hussain. Having switched to the River End, Rehman bowled Wessels middle stump with a ripper that pitched on leg and then had Adam Voges caught at slip by Trescothick for 1.

Hussain produced a beauty to clean bowl Chris Read for 10 and it was 133 for 5 in the 25th over. Samit Patel was then caught behind for 22 advancing to drive the left-arm spin of Arul Suppiah.

Rehman reverted to the Old Pavilion End to take three more wickets. Steve Mullaney was caught behind and Jake Ball taken at slip by Trescothick, both victims of turn, before Luke Fletcher drove to Steve Kirby at mid-off.

That meant the new overseas signing had bettered the previous best 40-over bowling spell by a Somerset player, set by Sir Viv Richards when he took 6 for 24 against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 1983.

The home side's reply was given a whirlwind start by Kieswetter, who smashed four fours and a six off the first five balls of the third over, sent down by Patel.

When England's one-day wicketkeeper departed for 44, Peter Trego smacked 26 off 20 balls to keep the momentum going and all the while Trescothick was building towards his first meaningful score since returning after ankle surgery.

He reached his half-century off 30 balls, with seven fours and a six. James Hildreth failed, offering a catch to slip to give White a second wicket on what was proving a good day to bowl left-arm spin, but Jos Buttler contributed 26 to put Somerset on the verge of victory.

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  • John on August 13, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    @Munkeymomo on (August 12 2012, 23:26 PM GMT) I'm guessing it's impossible to get Rehman in there , even if we wanted to. I certainly don't want to tempt fate , but if we do qualify for next years champions league I wonder if we'd be able to field as many overseas players as the IPL reps field? If so I wonder if we could retain Rehman? Also , I know no Pak players are picked in IPL but would Somerset be able to field him on Indian shores?

  • Imran on August 13, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    I wonder we didnt he go for SLPL.. i think he is good wicket taker and has good run saving technique. he can bat as well. so all in all very usefull player. Pakistan should consider him for odi,s as well.

  • Mark on August 12, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    @JG: To be fair Morkel has bowled brilliantly, as has Dockrell, Waller too has been fairly strong. Def would have rather had the deserved championship points, cannot qualify for the CB40 semis. Rehman is a top bowler, chuffed to have him down at Taunton. I would like to see him at finals day though, maybe replace Levi like you said. With Tres back, we could play a strong spin attack on a Cardiff pitch that aids turn, Tres, Kies, Trego, Buttler, Hildy, Suppiah, Morkel, Rehman, Thomas, Dockrell, Kirby. I'd back that lineup.

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    Well done Somerset and Abdul Rehman also

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    rehman would be a good t20 player. He can also be a useful innings ender

  • John on August 12, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Good to see Tres back in the runs today also. It's disappointing that we started off our CB40 campaign so poorly and almost certainly left it too late to qualify. Also I think most Somerset fans would have traded a washout today for an extra days play in the county championship but the weather gods have been against us all summer. Great figures from Rehman. It's a shame we could not have had him earlier as we had no overseas player for the 1st part of the CB40 campaign. Also wondering if he may have been a better bet for the T20 campaign than Morkel or Levi?

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