Somerset improved their chances of reaching the quarter finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup courtesy of a 33-run victory over Glamorgan on D/L at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
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 Peter 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 being run out for 53 at 149 for 2 in the 25th over. Trego (80) continued to lead the way, reaching his half century off just 54 balls with four fours and one six. The all rounder 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 (24) and James Hildreth (21) both departed, off the bowling of Australian seamer Hogan (3 for 62).
Craig Overton and Ryan Davies added an unbeaten 42 for the eighth wicket to bolster Somerset’s total to 322 for 7 with Overton 37 not out and Davies unbeaten on 14.
Just as Somerset had during the morning session, Glamorgan made a brisk start in reply. David Lloyd and Jacques Rudolph (36) 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 David Lloyd (46) 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 (32) 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 (39) departed in the 31st over, brilliantly caught by Gregory on the rope, at deep mid wicket and from that juncture Glamorgan were always behind the required rate. Gregory the catcher, turned Gregory the wicket taker when he snapped up Mark Wallace for 17, at 197 for 6 in the 36th over and the former Somerset all-rounder Craig Meschede managed only three before he was stumped by Davies off the bowling of van der Merwe.
Overton picked up the wicket of Wagg (17) and though Andrew Salter hit 42 off 26 balls, with one four and three sixes, Glamorgan finished 34 runs short of their target.
After the match winning captain Jim Allenby said: “After a tough few weeks of white ball cricket, it was pleasing to not only play like that but to win too. There are things that we need to improve on, but basically that is the blueprint of how we want to play.
“I think at half way we felt we were 20 runs short because it was a very good wicket and we were playing against a very good white ball side. However, I think the game turned when we got Colin Ingram out and then Aneurin Donald quite soon afterwards. I also felt that we were clinical at the end too. We certainly showed a lot of fight and the spirit in the camp is good. We kept to our plans and as a captain, that makes it a lot easier.”
“We showed fight today. We stuck to our plans and the fielders were buzzing all the way. If we look at our innings maybe we got a bit greedy, and maybe we just aimed a bit too high rather than making sure we got that 350 which was probably par and maybe they did the same thing. However, the pressure that our bowlers put on them was more the reason why they lost their wickets.
“The spirit in the camp is very good and the guys are all playing for each other. Everyone is enjoying making runs, taking wickets and getting wins like we have done today.”
The South Group of the Royal London One-Day Cup now looks like this: