Somerset v Glamorgan, Royal London Cup, Taunton

Rudolph ton boosts Glamorgan's prospects

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August 12, 2014

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Glamorgan 289 for 6 (Rudolph 111, Goodwin 62, Cooke 60, Gregory 4-48) beat Somerset 207 (Trego 45, Hogan 3-19) by 95 runs
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Jacques Rudolph top-scored for Glamorgan with 111, Somerset v Glamorgan, Royal London Cup, Taunton, August 12, 2014
Jacques Rudolph top-scored for Glamorgan with 111 © Getty Images
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Jacques Rudolph struck a century and Murray Goodwin and Chris Cooke hit fifties as Glamorgan recorded a comprehensive Royal London One-Day Cup victory over Somerset at Taunton.

The Welsh county kept their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals alive - and in the process dented Somerset's prospects of advancing - as they won by 95 runs in a match reduced to 47 overs per side following rain.

Batting first after losing the toss, Glamorgan - inspired by Rudolph's 111 - scored 289 for 6, before Somerset fell well short of their adjusted Duckworth-Lewis target of 303.

Only Pete Trego made an impression with the bat for Somerset, who suffered a second successive home defeat in the 50-over competition, as they were bowled out for 207.

Chasing a revised 303, Somerset lost both of their openers - Marcus Trescothick and Nick Compton - in successive Michael Hogan overs with the total in the forties.

Compton played at one outside his off-stump and got an inside edge to the wicketkeeper for nine, before Trescothick, who had played some sumptuous drives, lost his off stump as he was late on a full delivery having scored 25 from 26 balls.

Colin Ingram, playing his final game as the county's interim overseas player, was the third man to fall when he attempted to pull Jim Allenby, got a top edge, and was held by Graham Wagg at extra cover having scored 10.

Somerset's struggles to build a lasting partnership continued when James Hildreth pulled Wagg to Allenby at mid-wicket for three, before Trego, having scored 45 from 60 balls, got a bottom edge on to his stumps to give Wagg a second wicket.

Lewis Gregory was lbw to Dean Cosker, reverse-sweeping for 7, while Alex Barrow also fell victim to the slow left-armer as he holed out to long off for 23. Somerset's misery continued when Johann Myburgh was caught on the wide long on boundary off James Harris for 24, and a brief but entertaining stand between Alfonso Thomas and Tim Groenewald ended with the former pulling Harris to wide mid-on for 13.

Groenewald supplied some fireworks as he hit 32 not out from 26 balls, but Jack Leach lost his middle stump to Hogan for a duck as Glamorgan wrapped up a comfortable win.

Having asked Glamorgan to bat first, Somerset made an early breakthrough when Allenby went to drive Gregory but got an outside edge that found Trego at first slip for nought.

Will Bragg and Rudolph added 46 for the second wicket, before Bragg departed for 19, caught by Trescothick at first slip, to give Trego a wicket in his first over.

At that stage Glamorgan were 48 for 2 but, by the time Rudolph and Goodwin had added 118 for the third wicket in 19.4 overs, their innings was in excellent shape.

Goodwin scored 62 from 63 balls, eventually falling when he attempted a big drive off Gregory but succeeded only in finding Thomas at wide mid on.

Goodwin's departure brought Cooke to the middle and, although he offered a couple of early chances, he scored briskly in a partnership of 84 runs in 12 overs with Rudolph.

A rain interval with Rudolph on 99 not out saw the match reduced by three overs per side, but it clearly had no adverse effect on the South African. He hit the first ball after the resumption for a single off Leach - bringing up his 15th List A century in the same manner he had his fifty.

Rudolph was eventually out for 111 when he tried to clear the boundary at wide midwicket off Groenewald but was caught by Compton, having scored his runs from 129 deliveries, with 12 fours.

Gregory struck twice in the penultimate over to finish with figures of 4 for 48 - by far the pick of Somerset's bowlers. First he had Wagg caught at long on by Leach for 4, then he dismissed Cooke, who drove him to Groenewald at mid-off for 60, scored from 44 deliveries.

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Posted by dagger64 on (August 13, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

I was at the ground all day yesterday and I thought the performances of Somerset was below standard. Glamorgan have paced their innings well and Rudolph has constructed his innings perfectly with great cameos off Goodwin and Cooke. Thomas's bowling was poor, bowling too many short balls which brought smiles to all Glamorgan batsmen. The only bowler of note to Somerset is no-one. Hogan's bowling for Glamorgan was exceptional, extracting awkward bounce to Somerset's batsmen. Our batsmen has not fared well, too. Only Trego has betted well, he tried to step up a gear but, with no apparent support, the pressure had got to him. I liked the look of Groenwald's batting. It was short but entertaining, giving us a glimmer of hope. Noseworthy, take note, you are getting unpopular now so do the decent thing, resign please before you bring Somerset to the doldrums!! Hire Justin Langer, are you watching Somerset cricket management!!!!

Posted by Paul_Somerset on (August 13, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

I don't call demoting Andy Hurry to coaching the 2nd XI "strengthening the coaching structure". I call that Nosworthy strengthening his power base. Hurry was the man who brought us so many years of success and fine cricket until Nosworthy arrived. If only the latter were as shrewd at cricket as he seems to be at office politics.

As for recruiting Dave Houghton, the man who coached Derbyshire's batsmen into Division 2 last year, I think the batting yesterday revealed the worth of that appointment.

Posted by FarmerWhite on (August 13, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Somerset's performance was poor. However criticism should be based in fact. Not frustration.

The club does not waste money or care more about renovation more than performance.

It has one of the highest player budgets and among the best player facilities in the Championship. It strengthened it's coaching staff over the winter.

The spectator facilities at the Taunton far outstrip those of any other non-test county and will be better still in 2016 with the Old Pavilion replacement. All with, in comparison to many counties, with minimal debt.

Invested too much in youth/many not good enough? What about Gregory, Meschede and Craig Overton all of whom have produced match changing performances.

All teams have poor performances. Even under Brian Rose. The Championship performance v Warks in 2011 was among the worst I have ever seen from Somerset.

Somerset have been in Div 1 as long as any of the current Div 1 teams except Durham, always one of only 2 or 3 non-test counties.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

Still unbelievably suspicious that Rudolph was always ignored in his strongest role - opening the batting in the 50-over format. Not for the first time in his career he tops the log in this format in a country, this time England, with most runs this year to date by any player. Hogan is an extremely reliable bowler it seems. Two of the less expensive overseas players are paying off for Glamorgan this year. Good choices by management.

Posted by   on (August 12, 2014, 22:53 GMT)

Disgusting performance today. The Club is more worried about renovation and their impossible dream of having regular international cricket rather than having a competitive side. The Club is wasting far too much money.

The middle order lacks strength, no power in the T20s, not enough experience in the 50s. Invested far too much in the youth, many simply aren't good enough. Alex Barrow and Chris Jones have been given far too many opportunities over the past couple of years.

Only hope is the LV, which we have acquitted ourselves decently in but judging on our performances across the board we have over performed in.

Posted by Paul_Somerset on (August 12, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

A disgraceful performance by Somerset. Inept and lacking fight. Tim Groenewald would be the only Somerset player to show some skill and passion with both the bat and the ball.

Dave Nosworthy has plenty to answer for, but all we'll hear is more meaningless management speak. The men who forced out Brian Rose also have plenty to feel ashamed of. No Somerset side under Rose's direction ever played like this.

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