Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 8 Runs 2 Wkts | Somst: 157/9 | RR: 7.85

  • Alfonso Thomas30 (17b)
  • Charl Willoughby0 (0b)
  • Scott Styris3-0-24-2
  • RP Singh4-0-23-3

Phew! What a game, Alfonso's all-round effort has ensured Somerset sneak home by one wicket. Deccan were around 20-30 short, but they've given their best in their attempt to defend this. "I cannot believe, I've done that," says Thomas. Somerset were reeling at 99 for 7 - they had lost six for 49 - but that stand between Hildreth and Thomas brought them back. With five needed off the last over, and Hildreth on strike, it seemed they had it covered but Styris fought back with two wickets. He gave away a freebie off the fourth ball of the over, and a short one off the final ball wasn't the best ball either. Thomas, amid all this, held his nerve and saw his team to a thrilling win. So, all three IPL teams have tasted defeat in their first game of he competition, and the overseas teams have made an immediate impression.

Alfonso Thomas, unsurprisingly, is the Man of the Match

Thomas: "The jobs are done, we've got to keep our feet on the ground though. Myself and Hildreth were saying lets keep it to the last over. Fidel Edwards taken off was a big blow for them."

Gilchrist: "Can't break that duck here. Fought back really well but Somerset played really well. We were about 40 short, on this great pitch. The ball got damp later on, that was unfortunate with Edwards at the end. Styris bowled well at the end, it's a fast game, that's what you love about it. There's still life in this competition for us, the crowd have supported us throughout. "

Langer: "It was great to play a game like this, in front of this crowd and this great stadium. It just shows the character of the team, this win. We've had a couple of fantastic years in county cricket, and we've also won a lot of close games like these. We've got a big game against Trinidad coming up. There are still areas where we can improve, but to win this is a big confidence-boost for us."

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Styris to Thomas, FOUR runs, Alfonso Thomas is the hero! Short on the off, moves away and cuts it over point for a boundary

1 needed off 1. What a thriller, this. We head to the one-over eliminator if this is a tie. In he comes. Wait, the batsmen have a chat. The field is up.

Styris to Thomas, no run, dot ball! Good length on middle, big swing, mistimes it to mid-on, he prevents the single

The scores are level now. 1 needed off 2, and just one wicket to get. This could still end in a tie. Here we go. The field comes in.

Styris to Thomas, FOUR runs, Boundary! Full toss, a rubbish delivery outside off, makes room, and smacks it hard through point for a boundary

Alfonso, the right man to face for Somerset. 5 needed off 3. A gem of an over so far from Styris. Ok, here we go

But they've crossed and Thomas is on strike. Just one wicket needed for Deccan to win this. 5 to get for Somerset. Willoughby comes in

Styris to Waller, OUT, gone! Somerset are capitulating, short outside off, makes room to slap it over the bowler's head, miscues it and it takes ages to come down, doesn't travel far though, Styris gets underneath it and takes it comfortably

MTC Waller c & b Styris 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

5 needed off 4. A crucial dot ball, that

Styris to Waller, no run, short on the off, goes for the pull, is struck on the elbow and it lands on the pitch

Hildreth departs after a potentially match-winning cameo. In comes Waller. A run-a-ball needed now. 5 off 5.

Styris to Hildreth, OUT, bowled'im! Eight down! Bowled full on leg stump, made a bit of room to smash that over midwicket, missed and it deflected off the pads onto the stumps

JC Hildreth b Styris 25 (24b 1x4 1x6) SR: 104.16

Styris to bowl the last over. A long-on in place, and a short third

19 | 9 Runs | Somst: 149/7 (5 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.84, RRR: 5.00)

  • James Hildreth25 (23b)
  • Alfonso Thomas22 (14b)
  • RP Singh4-0-23-3
  • Andrew Symonds1-0-9-0

This pair has now added 50! Just five needed off the last over.

Singh to Hildreth, 3 leg byes, poor delivery, that's a meaty length ball on the pads, tries to clip it fine, brushes the pads on its way to fine leg, the fielders pulls off a dive, Ojha it is, to just haul it back in but they've taken three

8 off 7

Singh to Thomas, 1 run, full on the off, pushed down towards long-on for a single
Singh to Thomas, no run, banged in short, a bouncer, ducked and tried to upper-cut that over the keeper, didn't connect, a dot ball
Singh to Thomas, FOUR runs, The scoop does the trick, bowled full on middle, shuffles across and gets his bat down in time to clip it well wide of short fine for a boundary

13 needed off 10. A short fine in place now

Singh to Hildreth, 1 run, shortish on the off, pulls it down to midwicket, didn't get hold of it but he's managed to steal a single
Singh to Hildreth, no run, short and wide, cut hard but straight to point, will be disappointed for having missed out there

Somerset have edged ahead. 14 needed off 12 with three wickets in hand, the batting side has the advantage. RP Singh comes on

18 | 9 Runs | Somst: 140/7 (14 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.77, RRR: 7.00)

  • Alfonso Thomas17 (11b)
  • James Hildreth24 (20b)
  • Andrew Symonds1-0-9-0
  • Scott Styris2-0-16-0
Symonds to Thomas, 2 runs, full toss on the off stump, whacks it through square leg, the fielder takes some time to run across, by the time he's hurled it in they've scrambled two!
Symonds to Thomas, no run, full on the off, pushed down to cover
Symonds to Thomas, FOUR runs, boundary! Short of a good length outside off, third man is up, opens the face to guide it wide of Harmeet for four, delicately done
Symonds to Hildreth, 1 run, full outside off, made room and smacked it over the bowler's head just wide of long-off, Rao fielded well there and returned a strong throw to keep them down to one
Symonds to Thomas, 1 run, yorker on the off stump, dug out behind point for a single
Symonds to Hildreth, 1 run, bowled it full on middle, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

Symonds has been brought on, he's bowling seam-up. 23 off 18

17 | 8 Runs | Somst: 131/7 (23 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.70, RRR: 7.66)

  • James Hildreth22 (18b)
  • Alfonso Thomas10 (7b)
  • Scott Styris2-0-16-0
  • Pragyan Ojha4-0-20-2

Somerset are head by two runs on D/L at this point, but it won't matter for the time being as it has stopped raining.

Styris to Hildreth, 1 run, hurled it full on the off, cracked through to deep cover for one more to keep the strike
Styris to Hildreth, 2 runs, walked across, it was bowled full on the off, flicked it away wide of deep square leg for a couple of runs
Styris to Hildreth, no run, bowled it full on the off, pushed through to extra cover, dot ball

The rain has stopped, for the time being

Styris to Thomas, 1 run, bowled full on the off, pushed it wide of the diving Styris to long-on for a single
Styris to Hildreth, 1 run, shortish on the off, pulled down to Rao at deep midwicket for a single
Styris to Thomas, 1 run, short of a length on the off, turned down to midwicket for a single

Somerset 2nd innings Partnerships

1st16JL LangerME Trescothick
2nd34JL LangerZ de Bruyn
3rd1JL LangerC Kieswetter
4th8AV SuppiahC Kieswetter
5th25PD TregoAV Suppiah
6th9AV SuppiahJC Hildreth
7th6BJ PhillipsJC Hildreth
8th50AC ThomasJC Hildreth
9th0AC ThomasMTC Waller
10th8CM WilloughbyAC Thomas