Somerset ease to 38-run win
Somerset 224 for 5 (39 overs) beat Glamorgan 186 by 38 runs
Half-centuries from Nick Compton and James Hildreth were enough to help Somerset open their Clydesdale Bank 40 account with a 38-run win over Glamorgan at the Swalec Stadium. When Somerset defended their 224 for 5 from their 39 overs they were indebted to Alfonso Thomas, who took three for 27 in 7.1 overs and was also responsible for a key run out and a catch as Glamorgan were dismissed for 186 with 11 balls remaining.
Thomas bowled the dangerous Mark Cosgrove, who hit 31 from 21 balls, and then caught Tom Maynard, who had given Glamorgan hope with 48 from 59 balls including two big sixes. After winning the toss, Somerset's final score was rather better than they might have hoped for when they were reduced to 21 for 2 despite winning the toss.
David Harrison claimed both wickets, dismissing Arul Suppiah leg before for a first-ball duck with only the fifth delivery of the contest. And Harrison also claimed the prize scalp of Marcus Trescothick, who edged a short ball behind. But after that Compton, the former Middlesex batsman who had scored a one-day century at the same ground last season, launched a positive recovery helped when he took three fours from one David Brown over.
He also hit a six off Chris Ashling over mid-wicket before he lost Zander de Bruyn as Somerset slipped to 83 for 3 at the halfway mark of the innings. Compton went on to his fifty from 59 balls and looked solid enough until he went leg before as Somerset reached 123 for four in the 26th over.
The positive Peter Trego showed his ability of accumulating quick runs but was dismissed giving Jamie Dalrymple a high catch running in from extra cover. And as Hildreth pressed the accelerator Ashling was dispatched for a second six, and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler also claimed a maximum off Harrison. Hildreth finished unbeaten on 68 from 59 balls.
In reply Glamorgan were not helped when the positive Cosgrove stepped back and was bowled by Thomas's first ball and two overs later Thomas ran out Jamie Dalrymple who was called through for a suicidal single by Gareth Rees.
That put Glamorgan on the back foot from which they never recovered despite a good effort from Maynard, Brown, 28 off 22 balls on debut for his new county, and Mark Wallace.Ben Phillips finished with 3 for 26 from his eight overs including the wickets of Brown and Wallace.