Trego powers Somerset to victory

Somerset 322 for 7 (Trego 80, Allenby 53, Hogan 3-62) beat Glamorgan 279 (Gregory 3-48, van der Merwe 3-54, C Overton 3-60) by 33 runs (DLS method)

Somerset improved their chances of reaching the quarter finals of the Royal London Cup courtesy of a 33-run DLS victory over Glamorgan in Taunton. Peter Trego led the way with the bat, hitting 80 off 76 balls, before Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory each took three wickets to guide Somerset to a third 50-over victory of the summer.

Having been invited to bat first, Somerset made a decent start thanks to Johann Myburgh and captain Jim Allenby. The pair added 63 for the first wicket before the former holed out to David Lloyd off the bowling of Graham Wagg for 39.

Undeterred by the loss of Myburgh, Allenby and Trego put Somerset on course for a healty total with 86 for the second wicket. Allenby passed 50 off 56 balls, with four fours, before running himself out for 53 at 149 for 2 in the 25th over. Trego continued to lead the way, reaching his half century off just 54 balls with four fours and one six. The veteran allrounder looked well on course for three figures when he picked out Michael Hogan at extra cover at 215 for 3.

It might have been a significant turning point in the game. Eight runs later, Mahela Jayawardene was bowled by Hogan for 37 and in the 43rd over, Gregory and James Hildreth both departed, off the bowling of Australian seamer Hogan. Overton and Ryan Davies put on an unbeaten 42 for the eighth wicket to bolster Somerset's total to 322 for 7.

Just as Somerset had during the morning session, Glamorgan made a brisk start in reply. Lloyd and Jacques Rudolph looked well set, adding 67 inside 14 overs before the captain attempted a reverse sweep off van der Merwe. The South African could barely believe his misfortune as the ball ended up in the hands of James Hildreth at backward square.

Will Bragg followed, attempting a similar shot, for 10, before Lloyd picked out Overton at deep square two runs later at 98 for 3 in the 18th over.

With a sharp shower reducing the target by 10 off three fewer overs, teenager Aneurin Donald and Colin Ingram kept Glamorgan in the hunt with 69 for the fourth wicket. However, when Ingram chanced his arm against Overton, Myburgh took a straightforward catch on the cover boundary.

Donald departed in the 31st over, brilliantly caught by Gregory on the rope, at deep midwicket and from that juncture, Glamorgan were always behind the required rate. Gregory the catcher became Gregory the wicket-taker when he snapped up Mark Wallace for 17, at 197 for 6 in the 36th over, and former Somerset allrounder Craig Meschede managed only 3 before he was stumped by Davies off the bowling of van der Merwe.

Overton picked up the wicket of Wagg and though Andrew Salter hit 42 off 26 balls, with one four and three sixes, Glamorgan finished 34 runs short of their target.

Glamorgan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st68JA RudolphDL Lloyd
2nd28WD BraggDL Lloyd
3rd2CA IngramDL Lloyd
4th69CA IngramAHT Donald
5th9MA WallaceAHT Donald
6th21MA WallaceGG Wagg
7th5GG WaggCAJ Meschede
8th21GG WaggAG Salter
9th51T van der GugtenAG Salter
10th5MG HoganT van der Gugten