Hampshire v Somerset, Friends Provident t20, Rose Bowl June 11, 2010

Pollard and Thomas secure amazing victory

Somerset 104 for 7 beat Hampshire 97 by seven runs

Kieron Pollard and Alfonso Thomas demolished Hampshire, who lost their last six wickets for four runs to slide to a sensational last-over defeat in their Friends Provident t20 clash at the Rose Bowl. In a low-scoring match, Hampshire were poised for victory at 93 for 4, requiring only another 11 runs in almost four overs to see off Somerset's challenge.

But Thomas and Pollard came on, and Hampshire fell away in spectacular style to lose by six runs with four balls remaining. Opening batsman Jimmy Adams was the only Hampshire batsman to reach double figures, and hit a patient 61, but when he was sixth out at 96, Hampshire lost their nerve against Pollard and Thomas.

Thomas ended with 2 for 5 from four overs, the joint second most economical four-over spell in Twenty20 history, while Pollard took 3 for 15 from his 3.2 overs and the Somerset celebrations began.

Hampshire seemed to have done the hard part when, after winning the toss, they reduced Somerset to a catchable 103 for 7, in which Zander de Bruyn was top scorer with an unbeaten 32. Craig Kieswetter, this week elevated to England's one-day squad, fell first ball and they then lost a total of six wickets for 39.

At one stage, Somerset were 66 for 7 before Thomas joined De Bruyn in the best stand of the innings, an unbeaten 37 for the eighth wicket. Somerset managed only eight fours in their entire innings, and no sixes, against a tight Hampshire attack in which Sean Ervine took 2 for 10 from his four overs, and Abdul Razzaq took 2 for 20 from his four allocation.

Hampshire soon lost Michael Lumb in the second over, but still looked well capable of overhauling their modest target before Pollard struck for the first time when he dismissed Michael Carberry to a catch at the wicket when the score was 40 in the seventh over.

Even so, Hampshire continued to make steady progress, with Adams reaching his 50 off 83 balls, and then featuring in a stand of 22 in three overs with Razzaq. But from the moment Razzaq fell to Thomas at 93, Hampshire became paralysed by self-doubt.

Much depended on the durability of Adams, but at 96 he lofted Pollard to deep square-leg after hitting nine fours and the match's only six from 47 balls. Hampshire still needed only eight from 15 balls, but there was no way back.

Dan Christian was run out first ball, a brilliant piece of work by Pollard as he slid and turned in his follow through, to make Hampshire 96 for 7, and then Thomas ran out Dominic Cork one run later as he kicked the ball onto the stumps.

Chris Wood was bowled first ball by Thomas with Hampshire on 97 for nine, and then in the last over Nic Pothas was caught by Jos Buttler to give Somerset a shock victory.

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  • Guy on June 13, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    I felt ashamed to be a Hampshire supporter. This was not just a simple case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. We can all blame the lower order batsmen for freezing like rabbits in the headlights at the death but the real damage was done by the upper and middle order (with one exception). "Inept" would be too kind a way of describing their woeful performance. I don't think Hampshire have got the real Michael Lumb back from England duty at the World T20 - it's his identical twin who has never picked up a bat before. And as for the imported "specialists", they clearly are here to keep their bank balances topped up rather than fight to the last breath for the team that's paying them (comparable to the array of imports that Southampton had to field in their decline from the Premiership). The "batsmen" need to look hard at three things: firstly, their own faces in the mirror; secondly, the replay of how each of them got out; lastly, the replay of Jimmy Adams superb knock.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    It was a fantastic match. Somerset deserve every bit of appraisal to pull off such an epic win! 'The Fonse' and Pollard were fantastic with the ball, and although Adams made 60-odd and was the only batsman looking comfortable on that pitch, it was a poor wicket for T20 cricket. As Atherton said on commentary, the poor pitches make for the most fascinating games, and he wasn't wrong. Somerset also become the first team in the world to defend such a low score in T20 Cricket. Simply magnificent.

    This match will go down as an absolute classic!

  • Richard on June 12, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    I was always taught that ANY game of cricket IS winnable from ANY position. This was one of those occasions

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    This is an extraordinary performance! You lads are to be congratulated on a phenomenal achievement. Best living proof since Adelaide that a cricket match isn't over till it's over. Thomas you did it in the Champions League against Trinny, you are the best man on the planet to either bowl or face the last ball with 1 run to win.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Ervine said we would like to get them all out for less less than 90..!but u know wat pollard makes all the difference..!he is doing this from the start of champions League last nd big bash in australia nd in ipl in india!nd now it is the turn of Friends Provident t20!cheers.....!

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    I had a feeling this might happen, having watched Somerset struggle in the first innings.

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