Somerset v Worcestershire, Taunton, 1st day September 11, 2012

Rehman nine leaves Somerset wondering

Alex Winter at Taunton
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Somerset 142 for 0 (Suppiah 73*, Trescothick 66*) trail Worcestershire 212 (Rehman 9-65) by 70 runs
Scorecard

As several counties have discovered this season, getting Pakistan cricketers into the country isn't an easy task. But Somerset were delighted they persevered with signing Abdur Rehman. He weaved through Worcestershire with 9 for 65 to leave Somerset wondering how close they could have got to the title.

Had they not lost Marcus Trescothick for a chunk of the middle of the season, Somerset may have been able to force the couple of extra wins needed to challenge Warwickshire. In Rehman they have a match-winner who could have been here bowling Somerset towards a maiden Championship.

Instead, Rehman's remarkable return counted only to give Somerset a big advantage in the race for second place. This pitch is flat, dry and good to bat on but taking spin - though it wasn't the surface that nearly saw Rehman take all ten of Worcestershire first-innings wickets. He was denied by Peter Trego having No. 9 Chris Russell caught behind. "Pete said thanks for saving one for me," said Rehman, whose family were in the crowd.

He was not unplayable but he did bowl with zip and offered plenty of flight. His best delivery cleaned up Aneesh Kapil after a useful 22 that saw Worcestershire begin smartly after lunch - a precursor to how well the Somerset openers played later in the day. It was a classic left-armer's dismissal: pitching on middle and leg, bouncing and turning past the outside edge to take off stump.

"It was a fantastic day for me," Rehman said of his career-best figures. "When a fast bowler takes wickets like that, no-one says a thing, when the spinner does that they say the pitch is no good! They had two spinners bowling on it and we're no wicket down so that shows I had to do something right. A few balls turned but not every ball.

"I bowled in good areas and stopped them scoring, didn't give them any easy runs. The pitch is a little bit slow so I mixed up my pace: a few slower, few flatter. And I was happy when they tried to play a few shots."

It was the best return by a Somerset bowler since Andy Caddick took 9 for 32 against Lancashire in 1993. The haul began after an hour of play during which Phil Hughes and Daryll Mitchell had added 74 runs at four an over, after Mitchell had won the toss. Worcestershire's day effectively ended at 11.30am.

Hughes pushed outside off stump to edge to Trescothick at slip and the dismissals continued in the vein of average shots to decent balls. Mitchell also pushed outside off stump to edge to second slip, Neil Pinner got a leading edge as his tried to turn against the spin and Alexei Kervezee was out lbw sweeping. The only unfortunate man was Moeen Ali who turned a ball into the midriff of Chris Jones at short leg, who somehow clung on.

Ali returned with the ball to send down 12 overs of useful, if not over-threatening offspin. He and Alan Richardson's usual endeavour managed to rein in Trescothick after he reached 50 from 75 balls. He looked in supreme touch, deflecting away anything remotely wide and cashing in on anything too full. Russell and Nick Harrison simply couldn't bowl to him, getting through only six overs and shipping 46 runs. Worcestershire's other spinner, Brett D'Oliveira, sent down too many loose deliveries.

As Trescothick was becalmed, it was Arul Suppiah who took over the scoring; more than doubling his tally in the time it took Trecothick to add another 16 runs. His slog sweep over midwicket off Ali signed off an overwhelmingly dominant day for Somerset.

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  • S.h.a.d.a.b on September 13, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Well done. I suppose County performances are still above any premier league or any other T20 fun.

  • JG2704 on September 12, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    @Waqar Ahmed on (September 12 2012, 13:15 PM GMT) Pretty sure Devon Malcolm took a 9 for vs SA in the 90s. He was Mr Fast but Mr Inconsistent but on that day got it spot on. I think he won man of series even though he only did anything of note in that test. At county level Graham Onions very recently (ironically the day he was released from the Eng squad vs SA) took 9 for for Durham and the other wicket was a run out by him too.

  • JG2704 on September 12, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    @Munkeymomo on (September 12 2012, 12:19 PM GMT) Is Alfy leaving at end of season then ? I too hope Rehman returns to Somerset next year. But Somerset have done amazingly in the CC considering the weather we've had.

  • JG2704 on September 12, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    @KarachiKid on (September 12 2012, 10:19 AM GMT) I'm obviously not as clued up as your good self but our (Somerset's) 40 over game improved massively with him in the side. I think he may even have taken 6 for on his CB40 debut or 2nd game. I said before the T20 campaign that I'd have liked Somerset to get Afridi,Ajmel or Hafeez but now I'd add Rehman to that list.

  • on September 12, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Rehman u are rocks my Boy... Wel Done

  • getsetgopk on September 12, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Rehman has a great attitude, always full of confidence given that he features very little at international stage other than Test cricket. very well done indeed!

  • on September 12, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Well Done Rehman ..... Keep the good work going

  • Zahidsaltin on September 12, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Any bowler, fast or spin, who takes 5 wickets per test match is surely a world class bowler. He should have been in Pakistan squad for WCT20.

  • T.H.Farooqi on September 12, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    best of luck Rehman.God bless u

  • Qadeer_Dayo on September 12, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Rehman has always proved with the ball, and off course he must remain be in Pakistan team. Well Done Rehman:-)

  • S.h.a.d.a.b on September 13, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Well done. I suppose County performances are still above any premier league or any other T20 fun.

  • JG2704 on September 12, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    @Waqar Ahmed on (September 12 2012, 13:15 PM GMT) Pretty sure Devon Malcolm took a 9 for vs SA in the 90s. He was Mr Fast but Mr Inconsistent but on that day got it spot on. I think he won man of series even though he only did anything of note in that test. At county level Graham Onions very recently (ironically the day he was released from the Eng squad vs SA) took 9 for for Durham and the other wicket was a run out by him too.

  • JG2704 on September 12, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    @Munkeymomo on (September 12 2012, 12:19 PM GMT) Is Alfy leaving at end of season then ? I too hope Rehman returns to Somerset next year. But Somerset have done amazingly in the CC considering the weather we've had.

  • JG2704 on September 12, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    @KarachiKid on (September 12 2012, 10:19 AM GMT) I'm obviously not as clued up as your good self but our (Somerset's) 40 over game improved massively with him in the side. I think he may even have taken 6 for on his CB40 debut or 2nd game. I said before the T20 campaign that I'd have liked Somerset to get Afridi,Ajmel or Hafeez but now I'd add Rehman to that list.

  • on September 12, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Rehman u are rocks my Boy... Wel Done

  • getsetgopk on September 12, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Rehman has a great attitude, always full of confidence given that he features very little at international stage other than Test cricket. very well done indeed!

  • on September 12, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Well Done Rehman ..... Keep the good work going

  • Zahidsaltin on September 12, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Any bowler, fast or spin, who takes 5 wickets per test match is surely a world class bowler. He should have been in Pakistan squad for WCT20.

  • T.H.Farooqi on September 12, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    best of luck Rehman.God bless u

  • Qadeer_Dayo on September 12, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Rehman has always proved with the ball, and off course he must remain be in Pakistan team. Well Done Rehman:-)

  • on September 12, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    @ Paul Rone-Clarke, their top 4 batsmen have 22 First Class Centuries combined & their top five batsment have 50 or plus scored in past 5 matches 9 times. They aren't kid!

  • on September 12, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    After Rehman led Pakistan to Test victory in the Gulf against England, the writing was on the wall that Rehman was an integral part of the team. If not better than Saeed Ajmal and Danish Kaneria, he certainly is right behind them. Yet Pakistan chose to drop him.

  • LeftBrain on September 12, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @Paul Rone-Clarke......... by this logic, shouldnt everyone had similar figures against Worcesrershire? because all they have are kid players?

  • on September 12, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    I wonder how many people have taken 9 wickets in an innings. I know the Great Indian Leg Spinner taking 10 in an innings against Pakistan and The Great Murli taking 9 against England in International cricket. But this is quite an achievement

  • on September 12, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Mr. Paul Rone-Clarke, if this is the case then why the other village boys that are bowling from other ends could not get these wickets. Don't humiliate anyone's effort with your finger tips. Appreciate it or make a valid point.

  • vanthli on September 12, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    paul YOU should not get carried away.this team has playing eleven of experience of 507 first class matches prior to this match :P

  • Munkeymomo on September 12, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @JG: Yeah, they've done excellently this year. If we can get a replacement for Thomas next year and perhaps one more batsman (and hopefully entice Rehman back) then they've a good shout. Wouldn't be surprised if Surrey tried to sign him after this spell though.

  • on September 12, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Good Going Rehman,we r proud of u

  • haseeb on September 12, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Well done rehman ..he needs to be in test team all the time..good going !!!

  • on September 12, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Nice...

  • IdreesTanoli on September 12, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Well Done Rehman , Keep It Up...

  • on September 12, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    It surely is a dream day for Him! Best of luck

  • on September 12, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    thisis what pakistanis are all about

  • KarachiKid on September 12, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Rehman has evolved over time to become a test/first class match specialist. In ODI's and T20's he has not been as effective.

  • on September 12, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Don't get too carried away. This is Worcestershire who after Mitchell and Hughes are a team full of kids. A poor batting side at the best of times, rooted to the bottom of the table, and even then giving the likes of Solanki and Cameron a rest and playing guys on 2 or 3 caps instead. WOrcs next year with Richardson retiring, Cameron retiring and Solanki left for Surrey will struggle in Div 2. In fact I would go so far as to say they will likely finish solid bottom of Div 2 - by some distance. They really are a terrible team. Unfit ground, no cash and no players. Taking wickets against these kids after getting Hughes out is not hard. Some village sides could probably do it.

  • liaqathussain on September 12, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    well done abdul rehman, may you have many more success

  • Sunil_Batra on September 12, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Hughes getting caught in slips as usual.

  • _faraz on September 12, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Without any proper system Pakistan is still producing great players.

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 12, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Simply a genius!!! After Saeed Ajmal he is all time best!!! Pakistanis brimming with talent! The most talented nation of Asia if not the world!!! I salute to these Pakistanis talented stars! Though I'm English yet I have more respect for Pakistani stars!!!

  • JG2704 on September 12, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    On leaving this morning Worcs 60-0 going at 5rpo so was very pleased to see the close of play scorecard.Re Rehman -what a top signing.When VP came I was hugely excited but due to restrictions on workloads he turned out to be a bit disappointing.I wished we signed Rehman from the beginning of the season.As for citing various absentees for Somerset not being able to rack up a couple more wins - I disagree.Unlike football cricket can be hugely affected by the weather.If a football match is not completed it gets replayed.In cricket it doesn't so you could be playing the worst side in the league and if you only get a days play you're not going to win no matter how good you are.We have got the better of most teams with our absentees and I'm proud of how we've done in this format.We've only lost 1 match all season and that a close call vs Warwicks and are the only team to beat Warwicks and the only team who definitely would have beaten us in the rain affected game was Middx

  • on September 12, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Congrats Abdur Rahman. Pakistani cricketers are capable of performing at any place in the world!!

  • Munkeymomo on September 12, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Rehman has been wonderful for Somerset since arriving (Well, he was excellent against England too in the UAE). I really hope the schedule for Pakistan next year allows him to return for the championship next year, if Pakistan want to play him in the champions trophy, he will already be in the country!

  • Usm93 on September 12, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Well done and good luck for future,Abdul Rehman :D

  • s.a.91 on September 11, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    What a gem. Pakistan needs to keeeeep him!

  • on September 11, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    so many ifs and but for Somerset this season but they are looking good for the runner-ups spot...wait and see for the next three days or less

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 11, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    He should have been in pakistan t20 side rather than raza hassan. he can bat as well. well done n keep it up.

  • Maazdost99 on September 11, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Great work, Abdur Rehman is turning out to be a classical test match bowler. I think Pakistan should continue playing him in their squad as their left arm spinner.

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  • Maazdost99 on September 11, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Great work, Abdur Rehman is turning out to be a classical test match bowler. I think Pakistan should continue playing him in their squad as their left arm spinner.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 11, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    He should have been in pakistan t20 side rather than raza hassan. he can bat as well. well done n keep it up.

  • on September 11, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    so many ifs and but for Somerset this season but they are looking good for the runner-ups spot...wait and see for the next three days or less

  • s.a.91 on September 11, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    What a gem. Pakistan needs to keeeeep him!

  • Usm93 on September 12, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Well done and good luck for future,Abdul Rehman :D

  • Munkeymomo on September 12, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Rehman has been wonderful for Somerset since arriving (Well, he was excellent against England too in the UAE). I really hope the schedule for Pakistan next year allows him to return for the championship next year, if Pakistan want to play him in the champions trophy, he will already be in the country!

  • on September 12, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Congrats Abdur Rahman. Pakistani cricketers are capable of performing at any place in the world!!

  • JG2704 on September 12, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    On leaving this morning Worcs 60-0 going at 5rpo so was very pleased to see the close of play scorecard.Re Rehman -what a top signing.When VP came I was hugely excited but due to restrictions on workloads he turned out to be a bit disappointing.I wished we signed Rehman from the beginning of the season.As for citing various absentees for Somerset not being able to rack up a couple more wins - I disagree.Unlike football cricket can be hugely affected by the weather.If a football match is not completed it gets replayed.In cricket it doesn't so you could be playing the worst side in the league and if you only get a days play you're not going to win no matter how good you are.We have got the better of most teams with our absentees and I'm proud of how we've done in this format.We've only lost 1 match all season and that a close call vs Warwicks and are the only team to beat Warwicks and the only team who definitely would have beaten us in the rain affected game was Middx

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 12, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Simply a genius!!! After Saeed Ajmal he is all time best!!! Pakistanis brimming with talent! The most talented nation of Asia if not the world!!! I salute to these Pakistanis talented stars! Though I'm English yet I have more respect for Pakistani stars!!!

  • _faraz on September 12, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Without any proper system Pakistan is still producing great players.