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.