Somerset v Glamorgan, FLt20, Mid/West/Wales, Taunton July 19, 2013

Buttler sparks Somerset into life

Somerset 199 for 6 (Buttler 48) beat Glamorgan 135 (Allenby 69, Waller 4-27) by 64 runs

Jos Buttler smashed 48 off 19 balls as Somerset returned to form in the Friends Life t20 with an emphatic 64-run victory over Glamorgan at Taunton.

The hosts posted an impressive 199 for 6 after losing the toss, Craig Kieswetter contributing a rapid 37 off 18 deliveries and Dean Cosker escaping the carnage to take 2 for 18 from his four overs.

Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace got Glamorgan's reply off to a smooth start with a stand of 73 in eight overs, Allenby cracking 69 off 39 balls, with seven fours and three sixes.

But once he had fallen to the legspin of Max Waller (4 for 27) the visitors lost their momentum and plunged from 73 for 1 to 111 for 7 with only five overs remaining before being bowled out for 135 in 18.1 overs.

There was no way back as Waller took a stunning caught and bowled when Marcus North blasted a full toss back at him and pulled off another fine catch at point to send back Nathan McCullum.

Somerset went into the game on a three-match losing streak having failed to capitalise on their batting power plays and, even without skipper Marcus Trescothick, sidelined by an ankle problem, they put that right.

Kieswetter struck five fours and two sixes and Chris Jones leant sensible support as the two openers brought the fifty up in just 3.5 overs before Kieswetter was stumped advancing down the track to Nick James.

It was 70 for 1 off the six overs of Powerplay. Then Jones was brilliantly caught by the diving Graham Wagg at short cover for 20 and Glamorgan managed to put a brake on the scoring rate, thanks largely to the wily Cosker. Peter Trego could never get his timing quite right, while Nick Compton was content to push ones and twos in making 19 off as many balls.

It was when Craig Meschede joined him that Buttler really began to cut loose. The 17th over, bowled by left-arm spinner James, went for 27 and the England one-day international then produced his trademark reverse scoop to hit Michael Hogan for four and six off successive balls. In all he hit three fours and four sixes in a savage display.

The result keeps the Midlands/Wales /West Division open, with Glamorgan having won four and lost two, while Somerset have three victories and three defeats.

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  • John on July 20, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Anyone notice the crazy scheduling for the T20s. Unless I am misreading the fixture list Somerset play Warwicks at home tomorrow and then their next game is not til Friday (an evening game at Gloucs) and then the next game is at Worc the very next day (daytime too) - Why is that?

  • G on July 20, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    I do wish people who call themselves cricket fans would educate themselves when it comes to Taunton pitch. it's not a road anymore like it was several years ago, the first innings averages at Taunton are pretty much the same as everywhere else in the country, and this has helped Somerset to a succession of high placed finishes in the county championship. Look how many results there have been this season. You wouldn't get that on a road. Headingly has been much more of a road, yet two of their batsmen are in the current test side! Buttler has scored big runs all over the country, that's why he's such an exciting talent

  • Ohhhh on July 20, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Buttler needs to prove he can slog on more than just the pancake, shirt-front, road pitch at Taunton (tiny boundaries too).

    Needs to move to Middlesex or Warwickshire and do it there too!

  • John on July 20, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @SDH12 - I don't think the "Letting Go" term is totally apt here. Somerset have been forced into a hugely difficult situation here - Thanks England. Personally I have a hunch that Jos's head has already been turned but if I was advising him (partly biased here) I'd remind him of how teammates Craig and Nick were shunted out by England and also that the other JB is currently in the test side and is the more likely successor to Prior. If there was a choice between Craig and Jos right now , I'd probably go for the former. He's more reliable in the CC and will be available to Somerset at all times

    @Yevghenny - I'm not sure if he has to regularly keep if he wants to play for England. I mean they picked him as a WK when he wasn't regularly keeping. Also there are no guarantees that just because he keeps regularly at Somerset he'll keep the England spot - see what happened to Craig. Can't see him ever keeping at test level anyway - unless he dramatically improves his CC form

  • John on July 20, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Pleased and relieved to have got the win. Followed the Glam inns on the text commentary on here and was extremely worried at the start. I felt much more easy when Allenby went. Just wondering about a couple of things 1 - Any idea why Alviro has been out of action? 2 - Trego bowled very economically today. He wasn't used in one of the other T20s when all the bowlers were going around the park. Any idea if he's carrying an injury? Another good thing is that this result will improve the net RR , but I worry terribly about our lack of depth in the batting dept and would say we need all our T20 batsmen available to stand a chance of winning. Nick is not a T20 batsmen and if we need him to make up the numbers then I'd generally say he should be moved right down the order. Not sure what was up with Hildreth today either. It seems these days we're overreliant on the 2 WKs in the T20s

  • G on July 19, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    unfortunately I could see the day coming that Buttler would be forced to move. He has to keep wicket if he wants to play for England. It will be an awful shame, but then again, he'd hardly play for Somerset once he establishes himself on the international scene.

  • Samuel on July 19, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Further proof that to let Buttler go would be tantamount to suicide - one of the purest one day batting talents in the world, not just in England. Would love to see us keep hold of him, but resigning myself to the worst. Been saying for a while that Glammy would come unstuck the minute they got away from the dog tracks they're preparing at the Swalec, and so it proved.

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