Thomas and Phillips seal Somerset win
Somerset 235 beat Lancashire 193 by 42 runs
Somerset won their second successive Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Lancashire at Old Trafford by 42 runs thanks to an impressive display in the field today.
Defending 236, Marcus Trescothick's men were boosted by four wickets for 34 in seven overs from Alfonso Thomas. The experienced South African put the skids under the Lightning with two wickets in the 35th over of their chase - the first of the batting powerplay - to reduce them to 174 for 6.
They were just two of five wickets lost by the hosts for 12 runs in 13 balls as they fell from 173 for 4 to 185 for 9. Ben Phillips also took three wickets as Lancashire subsided to 193 all out in the 38th.
Arul Suppiah's one-day career best 80 had earlier boosted Somerset's 235 all out but Sajid Mahmood, Daren Powell and Tom Smith all claimed a wicket apiece to keep the visitors in check within the first 20 overs.
Suppiah hit six fours in 91 balls but was the fifth wicket to fall when caught at deep midwicket by Kyle Hogg off Powell in the 31st over. The Lightning looked to have things under control when Jos Buttler was stumped off a Smith wide by Luke Sutton to leave the score at 168 for 6 after 32 overs.
But explosive England Lions allrounder Peter Trego, who hit 38 off 31 balls, smeared four boundaries off Hogg in the 35th over - the first of the batting powerplay - to bring the visitors back into contention. Powell, having earlier bowled Nick Compton around his legs, then forced Trego to chip to cover before he took his fourth wicket when he bowled Thomas.
Somerset lost their last four wickets for 20 runs in 13 balls as Hogg trapped Max Waller lbw and stand-in captain Mark Chilton ran out Charl Willoughby. Powell finished with 4 for 49 off eight.
Smith was trapped lbw by Phillips for a duck in the second over of the home side's chase. Moore (51) and Horton (59) then shared a second wicket stand of 78 in 18 overs before the former holed out to mid on off the left-arm spin of Suppiah to leave the score at 86 for two in the 20th over.
And when Ashwell Prince (23) spooned Thomas to Trescothick at midwicket in the 27th they were on the back foot at 130 for 3. Lancashire won Monday's Group A fixture against Glamorgan when they needed 87 off the last ten overs with seven wickets in hand but repeating the feat looked a tall order when they took the batting powerplay.
Horton found Phillips at deep square leg to get legspinner Waller's name in the wickets column just before the powerplay was taken, and then Thomas got rid of Chilton and Hogg, both caught inside the 30-yard circle, while Phillips forced Croft to hole out too. Lancashire were 177 for seven in the 36th.
Stephen Parry was run out before Thomas and Phillips added their fourth and third wickets respectively. Both sides return to Old Trafford tomorrow for their County Championship match.