Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard spoke after Somerset’s 7 wicket defeat to Glamorgan.
Matt said: “We just didn’t have any partnerships with the bat tonight, it has been the same old story throughout the competition – the highest was middle 20s and it just wasn’t enough.
“We need partnerships into the 60s or 70s and one batter has got to go through, which we have talked about all through the competition. We keep on making the same mistakes which is very frustrating because it is not as if we have got a young side, we have experienced players and we were poor today.
“It was great to see Hildy play as he did. He got an early life but played nicely and it was great for him. It was just a shame he picked out the fielder because he was the one guy who could have got us up to 170 or 180 which I think was minimum on that wicket.
“It was a great wicket with small boundaries and we probably needed 190 which at halfway we were on course for, but we just lost a couple too many wickets.
Matt added: “It was frustrating again and now we need to get this out of our system ahead of Sunday when we play the same opponents. Glamorgan are strong in the 50 over game too so we will have to play well then.”
Glamorgan have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Natwest T20 Blast with a win over Somerset at The SSE SWALEC. A career best bowling spell and an innings of 54 from Colin Ingram allowed the Welsh county to make the knockout stages with two games still to play.
An ugly looking pitch but one with decent pace and carry greeted the players and throughout the Somerset innings they scored at a very decent rate. Mahela Jayawardene had looked in supreme touch on his way to 16 from 10 balls, but he fell when he mistimed a cover drive off the bowling of Timm van der Gugten who impressed in front of the Sky Sports cameras once again.
While the runs flowed so did the wickets, by the end of the 10th over Somerset had scored 90 runs and were five wickets down. The most spectacular of those wickets to fall was that of Peter Trego who missed a rocket from Shaun Tait that knocked his stumps out of the ground. It that same over Tait induced an edge from James Hildreth from an out swinger that should have been caught by Mark Wallace but the Glamorgan ‘keeper couldn’t hang on to it.
Hildreth made the most of his life, going on to top score for Somerset with 39 from 28 balls. If Glamorgan had taken that chance they could have been chasing around 120, instead they would need 153 to claim victory.
The surprise package of the night was Colin Ingram’s bowling as he picked his best T20 figures of 3 for 20 with his occasional leg breaks. He bowled with real guile, with the ball that had Lewis Gregory out stumped particularly impressive. With him adding bowling to his stellar batting form he has further cemented his place as Glamorgan’s star man in this competition.
Just at the point where it seemed that Somerset would put together a telling partnership someone would get out to peg them back. They were bowled out inside their 20 overs for 152; considering the regularity of the wickets throughout their innings they did well to post a total that would represent a stiff target for the home side.
While van der Gugten impressed with his bowling, he was out done by his Dutch colleague Paul van Meerkeren who bowled with real pace and was unlucky not to claim more wickets. He did dismiss Mark Wallace who top edged a catch to long leg but there were a number of other chances that fell just short of a fielder. His figures of 1 for 45 did not accurately reflect how well he bowled.
Glamorgan lost David Lloyd in the eighth over to bring together Ingram and Aneurin Donald who registered the fastest ever first-class double hundred against Derbyshire this week. Between them they turned what could have been a difficult chase into a stroll as they put together a stand of 76 from 53 balls. Ingram fell before the job was finished but he had done enough for Glamorgan to win by seven wickets with 12 balls to spare.