Somerset v Glamorgan, YB40 Group C, Taunton June 2, 2013

Trego, Elgar prove enough for Somerset

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Somerset 246 for 7 (Trego 72, Elgar 51) beat Glamorgan 245 for 9 (Wright 75) by three wickets

Somerset bounced back to winning ways in the Yorkshire Bank 40 by beating Glamorgan by three wickets with 10 balls to spare.

Responding to Glamorgan's 245 for 9, which included an unbeaten 75 from Ben Wright, the hosts looked well placed as Peter Trego hit 72 and Dean Elgar made 51. But they slipped to 203 for 7 before Craig Meschede and Max Waller both hit career-bests to see Somerset home.

After being put into bat, Glamorgan openers Will Bragg and Mark Wallace added 31 before Meschede had Wallace caught by wicketkeeper Barrow. Jamie Overton entered the attack in dramatic fashion with two wickets in his first over. His first delivery had Chris Cooke caught at short midwicket by Elgar and four balls later, Bragg clipped him to Trego at third man. Meschede claimed his second wicket when Jim Allenby edged a wider one which Barrow dived to catch with his right hand.

Waller tightened Somerset's grip on proceedings when Murray Goodwin drove him straight to James Hildreth at short midwicket and the visitors found themselves 97 for five in the 21st over. Marcus North drove Overton to the boundary but on 46 was caught at gully by Hildreth.

When Wagg was run out by Waller with a direct hit in the 30th over Glamorgan were on 143 for 7 as Dean Cosker came to the wicket to join Wright. Cosker drove Steve Kirby to the boundary to bring up the 150 soon after which Wright went to his half-century with a boundary to third man off the same bowler.

The eighth-wicket partnership was worth 89 when Elgar brought it to an end, Cosker caught at mid-off by Overton for 37. Three balls later Elgar had Michael Hogan caught at long on by Hildreth as Glamorgan ended their innings on 245 for 9, Wright not out 75 from 57 balls.

In reply, Marcus Trescothick and Trego added 41 before the Somerset captain was caught at mid-off from the bowling of Wagg for 13. Nick Compton scored four before being caught at first slip trying to cut Simon Jones.

Trego went to his 50 with three consecutive fours off Cosker as he and Elgar started to dominate proceedings. Elgar brought up the Somerset 100 with a lofted boundary off Allenby.

Trego had moved onto 72 when he was was bowled by North, his third-wicket partnership with Elgar adding 95 runs. Elgar went to his maiden Somerset 50 in the 27th over but one run later was caught at deep mid-wicket by Wright off Cosker.

Hildreth was lbw five balls later and Cosker, who took 3 for 41, struck again with the first delivery of his next over when Suppiah was bowled for six.

Meschede hit 24 off the 33rd over bowled by Jones, which included two sixes to bring Somerset right back into the game.

When Barrow was bowled by Wagg, the young allrounder was joined by Waller and the pair stayed at the wicket together to see Somerset to 246 by which time Meschede was unbeaten on 40, with Waller not out 25.

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  • Samuel on June 4, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    @Tom - definitely hugely talented. The bowling does need work if it's not to drop into part-time territory though - he's quite expensive, needs to develop some consistency for the longer format especially. He is so young though, so there is plenty of time for him to develop yet. Perhaps a long term replacement for Peter Trego?

  • Dummy4 on June 3, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    @JG2704 yes a great day at Taunton. At 161/6 I'd give up any hope of turning it around. We let Glamorgan twice get a grip on the game - at 143/7 we failed to finish the tail off (an all to familiar story) and then they had us on the ropes when Suppiah was out.

    When Meshy smashed Jones straight down the pitch for 26 off 4 balls (+ 1nb six) the game once again changed in Somerset's favour.

    Glamorgan haven't beaten us in 1 day games since Neil Kinnock was leader of the opposition. They must hate us.

    @Sammuel - Mesh is definitely an all rounder, he's always had a lovely batting technique and hits the ball straighter than anyone at the club. I hope this week was the week he came of age and he cements his place in the 4 day squad more often than not.

  • Samuel on June 3, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Wonder what Somerset are actually trying to do with Meschede - is he a genuine all-rounder, a bowler who bats or a batsman who bowls? After this innings and his one alongside Hildreth in the Championship, it seems to me like his batting has more promise than his bowling, which is useful in one day cricket but not much more. He is still so young of course, so it's far too early to judge, but it seems to me as if he'll end up more of a batsman.

  • John on June 3, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    @Tom Ford on (June 2, 2013, 21:17 GMT) I take it you were there? Must have been (presuming you're a Somerset fan) a great ending?

  • John on June 2, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Who's have thought Waller would be a hero with bat and Ball?

    Strange looking Somerset scorecard but a good win nonetheless

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Quite clearly this report wasn't written by someone at the game. It was a remarkable turnaround by Somerset who needed 83 off the last ten overs and found themselves pretty much out of the game at 161/6.

    Well done Craig & Max - let's carry on this form into the LVCC

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