Somerset v Hampshire, NatWest T20, Taunton June 13, 2014

Trego provides just enough for Somerset

Press Association

Somerset 176 for 4 (Trego 76, Kieswetter 57) best Hampshire 175 for 7 (Carberry 38, Trego 2-18) by one run

Somerset claimed a one-run victory over Hampshire, the form side in the NatWest T20 Blast, in a thrilling encounter at Taunton.

Impressive half-centuries from Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego helped Somerset to 176 for 4 from their 20 overs and it proved just enough.

Hampshire appeared down and out when they needed 36 runs from their final two overs but despite a great effort from Will Smith with 25 from 9 balls and his batting partner Adam Wheater, 22 from 17, the visitors could not score the three runs required from the final ball to secure an unlikely victory.

Put into bat, Somerset made a bright start - Kieswetter dispatching Smith's final two balls of the opening over to the boundary to reach 11 without loss. Chris Jones emulated his partner in the second over - with a couple of fours taking the score to 19 - before he was bowled by Chris Wood for 10.

Trego, who made 94 not out against Glamorgan last time out, made a cautious start as Somerset failed to score a boundary in three subsequent overs but two fours off Kyle Abbott in the sixth over got them back on track.

Trego contributed 10 runs in a 13-run 10th over as Somerset reached 80 for one at the halfway stage. Kieswetter and Trego then took Sean Ervine to task in a 14th over that cost Hampshire 19 runs and saw both batsmen pass the half-century mark.

Kieswetter's innings came to an end on 57 in the very next over when he was caught by Abbott trying to hit James Vince over the ropes. Trego added two fours and a six to his total after passing 50 but he was dismissed for 76 in the 18th over - bowled by Abbott - as he once again went on the attack. Alviro Petersen was stumped off the bowling of Wood for 8 in the penultimate over as Hampshire were set a tough target of 177 to win.

The visitors made a terrible start when Trego then did them damage with the ball - dismissing Vince for a golden duck in the first over before accounting for Jimmy Adams shortly after to leave Hampshire on 23 for 2. Michael Carberry got Hampshire back on track as he hit Alfonso Thomas for 14 off three deliveries - one of which was a no-ball - in the fifth over.

Glenn Maxwell plundered successive fours off Craig Overton in the sixth over, before Carberry was caught on 38 by Max Waller in the deep trying to hit Craig Meschede to the ropes. Maxwell's innings proved to be short but sweet when he edged a teasing Waller delivery to leave Hampshire in trouble at 77 for 4 in the eighth over.

Owais Shah brought up Hampshire's 100 with a maximum off Overton with the third ball of the 13th over but the bowler had the last laugh two deliveries later when the batsman was caught on the boundary having made 22.

The game appeared all but over when Sean Ervine and Matt Coles were dismissed by successive Thomas deliveries in the 18th over, but 17 runs from the 19th over and 14 from the first five balls of the final over left Hampshire needing three runs off the final delivery to win the game.

Wheater could not get bat on ball, though, and with just a leg bye conceded from the final ball of the game, Somerset held their nerve to secure only their second victory of the season in this competition.

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  • John on June 15, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    @Paul_Somerset on (June 14, 2014, 8:50 GMT) You say the Somerset bowling was excellent but then Hants got within a run after being 7 down and scored at nearly 14 an over - was it good batting? I still worry about the ERs of most of our bowlers even after today's match where we bowled Sussex out and won by a decent margin in the end. Waller seems to be the most consistent in this format.

    Agree re Maxwell - He's a very busy/dangerous batsman

  • Chris on June 14, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    As always, it seems, Max Waller's contribution is ignored; 4 overs, the wicket of one of the best one day batsmen in the world and an economy rate of an incredible 5 an over should at least get a mention...of course Trego was the star and it's criminal he hasn't played one day cricket, especially 20/20, for England (is Luke Wright for instance really a better one day batsman or bowler than Trego? I don't think so). Also look forward to the return of Gregory; when he''s fit and, I would assume, replaces Myburgh Somerset will have a good, well balanced team (the Compton at 6 experiment clearly didn't work and was never going to work) with plenty of bowling options - should then see Somerset, hopefully, staking a claim for yet another q/f spot.

  • Paul on June 14, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Trescothick has a slight groin strain. He batted with a runner in the second innings vs Sussex, but it didn't look serious.

    Somerset were coasting when there were dropped catches off consecutive balls in the 19th over. Trego let a difficult skyer go through his hands, then someone on the other side of the ground from me dropped an absolute sitter on the midwicket boundary. The sun was setting behind me, though, so it may have been in his eyes. But for those drops Hants would not have got it to the last ball.

    The Somerset bowling was excellent from everybody. Waller was superb.

    A privilege to see Glen Maxwell bat. What a natural, clean and effective striker of the ball. Somerset have to be thankful he gave it away by attempting a needless reverse sweep against Waller and lobbing a simple top edge to the keeper. Up to that point Hants looked like chasing it down comfortably.

    These Press Assn reports are worse than useless. Whoever writes them was obviously not watching the game.

  • John on June 14, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Surprising/pleasing result. Also is Tres injured or just resting himself?

    Trego is continuing to make all the right noises for getting in the Eng set up but hopefully they'll continue to ignore him. Our bowling is still a big worry in this format and it seems that we need to post big totals in order to win games. I see by the scorecard Hants lost their 7th on 139 and then needed 39 off 16 balls and they got way too close for comfort

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    CnC - I think Briggs's absence was due to paternity leave.

  • Paulo on June 14, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Our top 5 is probably the best in the Blast. Therefore any team that prevents it from firing deserves to win. Our chase needed someone to score 50. But nobody did.

    With Smith, Coles, Wheater (who must be a good batsman because his keeping though improved is nowhere near Bates) and Wood, there is enough batting after the top 5 to justify leaving out Ervine. Now our batsmen need to fire.

    But perhaps with Briggs in the side, Somerset would have scored less. Who knows

  • Paulo on June 14, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    I wonder why Briggs didn't play. He's bowled excellently this tournament ( before this round I think he was the leading wicket taker). He's not given many runs away.

    Good to see Coles get another go.

    I'd bring in Briggs for Ervine. His bowling is way too expensive and his batting hasn't been great this year, plus Coles can certainly bat.

    Well done Somerset. Yet another close game against you guys.

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