With our Royal London One-Day Cup Quarter Final against Worcestershire Rapids now just one week away, we thought we would take a look at some of the magic moments that got us there.
It’s not just at the Cooper Associates County Ground that Somerset’s players have produced match winning performances. In part two of our review of the tournament so far we look back at how the team has fared on the road.
Surrey v Somerset
Just three days after Somerset’s dramatic last ditch win over Gloucestershire in the first match of the competition, the team travelled to the Kia Oval to take on Surrey in a day/night match.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat in this match that was reduced to 24 overs per side due to rain. Jason Roy (46) and Rory Burns (51 not out) were the main stays of the Surrey innings as they reached 163 for six from their allotted overs. Tim Groenewald was the pick of the Somerset bowlers with two for 35 from his five overs.
Requiring a recalculated total of 180 from 24 overs Somerset made an excellent start as openers Johann Myburgh (76) and Jim Allenby (71) put on 155 for the first wicket to steer their side towards their target. Peter Trego and James Hildreth finished off the job as Somerset won by eight wickets with five balls remaining (D/L method)
Essex v Somerset
Having won their opening two fixtures in the competition, Essex went in to the game as favourites but after an impressive performance by Somerset, it was only a fine innings from James Foster that saved the home side.
In a match reduced to 29 overs Somerset were put in to bat and Adam Hose top scored with 77 from 84 balls whilst Jim Allenby (68) again made a valuable contribution with the bat. Somerset eventaully posted 179 from their 29 overs.
The Somerset bowlers then ripped through the Essex batsmen and reduced the home side to 83 for seven. However, Foster (75*) just managed to salvage a draw for the home side. Lewis Gregory was the chief destroyer taking four for 23 whilst Tim Groenewald claimed three for 30.
Although Somerset were desperately disappointed not to take maximum points from the match, the away point was a major factor in qualification for the next stage.
Hampshire v Somerset
Somerset’s final group game saw the players head for the Ageas Bowl to take on Hampshire. A win would confirm Somerset’s place at the top of the group whilst a defeat for the home side could see them eliminated from the competition.
Having won the toss Jim Allenby elected to bat and he and Mahela Jayawardene (55) took the attack to the home bowlers as they put on 108 for the first wicket. Allenby went on to make 69 in Somerset’s total of 250.
Jimmy Adams (50) and Will Smith (59) kept Hampshire in the hunt but two wickets in the final over for Tim Groenewald saw Somerset win the game by five runs and top the South Group.
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.
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