Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | Somst: 127/9 (19 runs required, RR: 6.35)

  • Murali Kartik7 (6b)
  • Steve Kirby1 (1b)
  • Andrew McDonald3.4-0-32-1
  • Josh Cobb4-0-22-4

10.15pm And with that, the Champions are crowned! Hoggard lifts the trophy, and is instantly drowned in champagne! What a remarkable day. That's enough for me, Andrew Miller. From my co-commentator Andrew McGlashan, and our two guys at the ground, Liam Brickhill and Sahil Dutta, it's goodnight.

10.05pm The Somerset team troops up to accept its runners-up medals ... again. "It's pretty sickening really," says Marcus Trescothick. "When we cross the line we'll have some major celebrations. We keep put ourselves in this position... On a good pitch we'd have been confident of chasing that down, but we kept losing wickets at vital moments."

Josh Cobb is the Man of the Match for his 18 from ten balls, 4 for 22, and a lightning-fast run-out. He was out to the first ball of the day as well! "It's what young cricketers dream of, and it's been an amazing day. It's a massive day for the club, cash-wise, and we all get a trip to India as well!"

Matthew Hoggard: "We've had a fair-to-average season in the other two competitions, but in this one we've gone from strength to strength," he says, adding that Paul Nixon has proved there's a lot of life in the old dog ...

10pm They are just getting the stage ready for the presentations ... and what a night of celebration lies ahead for Leicestershire. No-one gave them a prayer going into today, but on a worn track that had been soaked by rain and dried by late sun, their spin brigade was just too canny for Somerset's big hitters, who are perhaps too used to the true decks of Taunton. No sixes, and not a single boundary in the last six overs...

Paul Nixon's exceptional catch to remove Kieron Pollard was unquestionably the moment of the match, and the day. A great day for Matthew Hoggard, the captain, as well. His ship has run aground in the Championship, but this is more than just a life-raft, especially with the prospect of a trip to the Champions League.

Poor Marcus Trescothick looks crestfallen.. again. Three finals in three years, and three defeats. And a CB40 final defeat, and a Championship runners-up last summer ...

"I'm going to have a sore head tomorrow," says Paul Nixon. "I'm speechless..."

Matt Boyce, the super-sub, denounces his four catches as "regulation", which is taking modesty to a new level. Will Jefferson says he wouldn't have wanted to be near any of them ...

19.6
1
McDonald to Kartik, 1 run, bashed out to the deep, but who cares where it went, the Leicestershire bench are hurtling onto the pitch. Their third title in nine years!
19.5
2
McDonald to Kartik, 2 runs, pumped up and over, and the Leicestershire contingent are celebrating already
19.4
1
McDonald to Kirby, 1 run, battered out to midwicket, but still no token boundary
19.3
1
McDonald to Kartik, 1 run, ... it is now. Just a single, And barring no-balls and an awful lot of wides, there's no comeback now

Trouble for Razzaq, who has taken off his right boot, and is limping off the field! Wow ... it's going to be McDonald, but it's surely all over

19.2
W
Abdul Razzaq to Meschede, OUT, well, he hit it well, but it went straight up in the air! Taylor called at point, and it was easily snaffled!

CAJ Meschede c Taylor b Abdul Razzaq 9 (16m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

19.1
1
Abdul Razzaq to Kartik, 1 run, dabbed out to cover, and Meschede has the strike to smack four sixes in five balls ... easy

END OF OVER:
19 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | Somst: 121/8 (25 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.36, RRR: 25.00)

  • Murali Kartik2 (2b)
  • Craig Meschede9 (10b)
  • Josh Cobb4-0-22-4
  • Abdul Razzaq3-0-25-0
18.6
1
Cobb to Kartik, 1 run, driven down the ground. One over to pull off a miracle. But we've seen a few today ...
18.5
1
Cobb to Meschede, 1 run, cracked into the covers
18.4
1
Cobb to Kartik, 1 run, smashed to cover, and that looked to be run-out, but Cobb broke the stumps before he had the ball
18.3
3
Cobb to Meschede, 3 runs, a big swipe and an inside-edge, Nixon can't stop it, but Hoggard chases it well

How often has a substitute been Man of the Match in a final? Or in any match? He's got to be a candidate!

18.2
W
Cobb to Thomas, OUT, slogged to deep midwicket, it's Boyce ... it's out!

AC Thomas c sub (MAG Boyce) b Cobb 7 (7m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

18.1
2
Cobb to Thomas, 2 runs, brilliant fielding from that man, Boyce! Battered hard to deep midwicket, where he saves a certain four with a full-length slide

END OF OVER:
18 | 7 Runs | Somst: 113/7 (33 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.27, RRR: 16.50)

  • Alfonso Thomas5 (6b)
  • Craig Meschede5 (8b)
  • Abdul Razzaq3-0-25-0
  • Josh Cobb3-0-14-3
17.6
1
Abdul Razzaq to Thomas, 1 run, another slowie, Thomas picks it this time, but can't time it into the covers
17.5
2
Abdul Razzaq to Thomas, 2 runs, chopped into the gap at backward point for a couple. But they need boundaries, urgently
17.4
0
Abdul Razzaq to Thomas, no run, great slower ball, dipping late, and no pace to play with
17.3
1
Abdul Razzaq to Meschede, 1 run, shorter ball, fenced to gully
17.2
1
Abdul Razzaq to Thomas, 1 run, devious slower ball, looping into the blockhole, and clipped to midwicket
17.1
1
Abdul Razzaq to Meschede, 1 run, a cutter, pushed down to long-off
17.1
1w
Abdul Razzaq to Meschede, 1 wide, 39 in three now ... that'll help

40 runs in three overs ... Somerset managed exactly that in the Powerplay against Hampshire. But it was a different scenario then

END OF OVER:
17 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | Somst: 106/7 (40 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.23, RRR: 13.33)

  • Craig Meschede3 (6b)
  • Alfonso Thomas1 (2b)
  • Josh Cobb3-0-14-3
  • Claude Henderson4-0-11-0
16.6
1
Cobb to Meschede, 1 run, driven hard to mid-off, but just a single
16.5
1
Cobb to Thomas, 1 run, dabbed to backward point

Somerset 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st31ME TrescothickC Kieswetter
2nd11PD TregoC Kieswetter
3rd42PD TregoJC Hildreth
4th5PD TregoKA Pollard
5th6PD TregoJC Buttler
6th2AV SuppiahJC Buttler
7th6JC ButtlerCAJ Meschede
8th12AC ThomasCAJ Meschede
9th7M KartikCAJ Meschede
10th5M KartikSP Kirby