Player of the Match
Player of the Match

10 | 4 Runs 2 Wkts | Somst: 94/6 (1 run required, RR: 9.40)

  • Peter Trego2 (3b)
  • Dominic Cork2-0-22-1
  • Shahid Afridi2-0-16-1

So, it's taken most of a showery Saturday, but that is that for the semis. Coming straight up, Somerset v Leicestershire in the Friends Life t20 Final. Don't go further than a different browser window ... in fact, this one will do ...

Dominic Cork, whose exceptional final over set up all that excitement, says it was a good advert for Twenty20, and he's quite right. Last year's winners have been vanquished by last year's runners-up. As for Cork's future at Hampshire ... "Whatever happens to Dominic Cork, it's not about Dominic Cork here."

"The weather's been tough on us, but we've played some fantastic cricket," says Trescothick. Somerset will be favourites for the final, but Tresco predicts a lot of hard work. As he would.

Meanwhile, Joss Buttler is the Man of the Match. "I messed it up," he admits after the manner of his dismissal in the main event. "I play instinctively, see ball, hit ball..." He's not had time to digest his England call-up and little wonder ...

6.28pm Wow. This has been a sensational day in spite of all the rain, and we haven't even got to the final yet! The toss for that will take place in two minutes' time ... no rest for the wicked ... and the start will be at 7pm

Alfonso Thomas, what were you thinking? "Not a lot really. I didn't test Afridi with the short ball in the first innings, so it was a gamble I took and it paid off fortunately..." So there you go

Here we go ...

Ball One Bouncer! And Afridi can't make contact! Great start, a dot ball
Ball Two Slower-ball bouncer! Afridi hopes it's called wide, but no! Another dot ...
Ball Three Yorker, but Afridi's onto this one. Arrow-straight drive for four
Ball Four WICKET Short again, pulled one-handed in the air to deep midwicket, Suppiah takes the catch, and that's another dot!
Ball Five Full length, outside off, an agricultural club to midwicket for one, and Thomas celebrates victory already
Ball Six A swing and a miss, and Somerset are through to the final ______________________________________________

It's Super Over Time! Here come Buttler and Kieswetter for Somerset, and sure enough, the canny old Afridi will be the bowler for Hampshire

Ball One Great length from Afridi, pushed to mid-on, but the bowler has to field the ball himself, so they run two with ease
Ball Two Too short, squirted through the covers, backward of point. Stayed leg-side and it's four
Ball Three One run there, as point cuts off the shot
Ball Four First ball four for Buttler! Slammed through cover
Ball Five Yorker, dug out to gully. Another single
Ball Six Clever from Kieswetter! Uses the pace, and scoops a four over his shoulder for four.

Somerset make 16. It's competitive ...

Alfonso Thomas has the honour of bowling the Super Over for Somerset. James Vince is padded up for Hampshire, Afridi and Adams will take the field...

If the scores are still level here, it comes down to a boundary countback. And with three of them in their 16, Hampshire would be well-placed in that scenario


It's a Super Over, and how on earth did Somerset blow that position!

Who to turn to for this million-dollar shootout? I suspect Joss Buttler will still be padded up ... as for the bowler, I'd chuck it to Afridi, personally...

The nominees have to be given to the umpires in writing to guard against any trickery...

Cork to Suppiah, OUT, wow! Dominic Cork is a bona fide legend! Incredible stuff from the skipper, placed his field perfectly, the full length was smashed to cover, the fielder gathered in an instant, and didn't even try to shy with the batsmen stranded halfway down...

AV Suppiah run out (Vince) 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Arul Suppiah hasn't faced a ball yet. This next delivery is worth a few bob ... the keeper comes up, massive conflab between the senior Hampshire players. Cork has called for a helmet, and wants a short leg! One of his trademark blustering bouncers ..? Hustled out by Corkie, that would be a fitting way to go ...

Cork to Trego, 1 run, low full toss, smashed down the ground, should have taken two, but they settle for the single. Scores are tied!
Cork to Trego, no run, smashed down the ground, but Cork is in the way, and that's a dot!
Cork to Buttler, OUT, wow! Buttler has chipped a dolly to long-off! He's furious with himself, was trying to place it through the leg side, inside of just swinging his bat through the line! Can Hampshire cling on?

JC Buttler c Vince b Cork 32 (14m 16b 1x4 3x6) SR: 200.00

Cork to Buttler, 2 runs, smeared into the deep, quick running brings two as deep cover rushes round
Cork to Trego, 1 run, Trego does what he has to do, and gets Buttler back on strike

9 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | Somst: 90/4 (5 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 10.00, RRR: 5.00)

  • Jos Buttler30 (14b)
  • Peter Trego0 (0b)
  • Shahid Afridi2-0-16-1
  • Imran Tahir2-0-20-2
Shahid Afridi to Buttler, no run, a pushed drive, and a thought of a single, but Buttler is kept off strike for the final over ... how important will that be?
Shahid Afridi to Hildreth, OUT, a glimmer! Hildreth belts a hard flat chance to Adams at deep midwicket, who almost loses his throat as the ball reaches him. Wickets are key in Hampshire's situation, and that's one of them

JC Hildreth c Adams b Shahid Afridi 9 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Shahid Afridi to Buttler, 1 run, clumped to long-on. Another single
Shahid Afridi to Buttler, FOUR runs, battered! A touch too short, and walloped through square leg. This is ... facile!
Shahid Afridi to Hildreth, 1 run, jabbed behind square

Somerset 2nd innings Partnerships

1st40ME TrescothickC Kieswetter
2nd10ME TrescothickKA Pollard
3rd0ME TrescothickJC Buttler
4th40JC HildrethJC Buttler
5th3PD TregoJC Buttler
6th1PD TregoAV Suppiah