With our Royal London One-Day Cup Quarter Final against Worcestershire Rapids now just over a week away, we thought we would take a look at some of the magic moments that got us there.
What better place to start than at the beginning!
Our opening match in this seasons competition had all the ingredients for a classic encounter; a local derby, a packed house, good weather plus all the action was live of Sky Sports.
Gloucestershire were the visitors to the Cooper Associates County Ground on Sunday June 5th and the thousands of supporters in the ground witnessed a match that will live long in the memory.
Somerset won the toss and elected to bat and it looked like a good decision as Michael Klinger was bowled by Craig Overton for six to leave the visitors on 23 for one. Gareth Roderick was then superbly caught by Roelof van der Merwe for nine off the bowling of Lewis Gregory with the score on 51.
Hamish Marshall was bowled by Peter Trego for just 14 and when Ian Cockbain was run out for 0 by van der Merwe just one ball later Gloucestershire were in real trouble at 94 for four.
However, 100 from Chris Dent took the visitors to 161 before he was caught by van der Merwe to give Tim Groenewald a wicket. A 51 run partnership between Benny Howell and Jack Taylor then steered Gloucestershire towards a competitive total and they were eventually dismissed for 260 from exactly 50 overs.
It was quite an afternoon for van der Merwe who claimed three for 51 from nine overs, took three catches and also ran out Cockbain.
Chasing 261 for victory, Somerset started badly and slipped to 15 for two but a 64 run partnership between Johann Myburgh and Jim Allenby put the hosts back on track. Allenby departed with the score on 79 but Myburgh went on to score 81 before making his way back to the pavilion with the score on 166 for four.
Wickets then began to fall at regular intervals and Somerset were staring down the barrel at 198 for nine.
With the home fans now biting their nails, Jamie Overton and Tim Groenewald produced a stunning 65 run unbeaten stand to see Somerset to a remarkable one wicket win in the very last over.
When Overton smashed Craig Miles for four off the third ball of the 50th over, the crowd and player’s balcony alike went mad!
At the end of the match the last wicket pair were clearly delighted. “Its unbelievable,” said Tim. “To go out there and see the game through makes me feel really happy. When I got out there it was just as case of batting for as long as we can, watching the ball hard, trying to take every run we can and not doing anything reckless. I knew that both Jamie and myself could clear the ropes if needed, so we just had to get it down to 25, then 20 and then all of the pressure goes back on the bowlers.”
Jamie said: “It doesn’t get much better than that! Wins against Gloucestershire are always fantastic. We both know that we can bat but we just needed to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The overs weren’t a big thing for us because we know we can score quickly, so it was just a case of getting the runs and not focusing on the time.”
“We bowled really well as a unit today and Roelof van der Merwe played exceptionally for us. He fielded brilliantly and bowled very well at the end which kept us in the game. For a first performance in the Royal London One-Day Cup we feel pretty happy with that.”
Tim added: “I said to Jamie when we were walking off that come the end of the competition these are the sort of games that make the difference between qualifying or not qualifying.”
Somerset welcome Worcestershire Rapids to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Quarter Final of the Royal London One-Day Cup on Wednesday August 17th.
Tickets are still available for the match and can be purchased by clicking here