Somerset Reach Another Finals Day
Somerset 175-6 (Hildreth 58) beat
Essex 148 by 27 runs
First FLt20 Quarter-Final, Taunton
A valiant knock of 47 from only 24 balls by Ryan ten Doeschate wasn’t enough to save a lacklustre Essex batting effort as they comfortably failed to chase down Somerset’s total of 175 for six at Taunton.
The Eagles had won what looked to be an important toss and inserted the home side – a move which began to look even better when Craig Kieswetter skied a catch to Alastair Cook off the very first ball of the match. However, the rest of Somerset’s top-order got in; with James Hildreth and Jos Buttler’s fourth-wicket stand of 35 the highlight.
The pair appeared at one stage as though they might take the game away from Essex, but Reece Topley – after removing dangermen Richard Levi (20 from 15 balls) and Marcus Trescothick (19 from 13) earlier in the piece – had Buttler caught by Cook at wide long-off. Hildreth motored on and brought up his fifty, but just as he was beginning to up the tempo of the innings he was run-out and Somerset’s late innings charge never materialised and they closed on 175 for six.
In reply, Essex never got close and lost Mark Pettini and Ravi Bopara with the score on nine. Owais Shah shone briefly, hitting Lewis Gregory for six over square-leg and driving him back over his head for four before top-edging a delivery from Albie Morkel to third man. At the other end was Alastair Cook who was struggling to find the boundary. It must have been difficult for the England opener: 24 hours ago he was at The Oval in full block mode hoping for the draw, whereas here he was expected to tee-off in a format in which he hasn’t played a great deal of lately. Predictably, he eventually fell, to the wiles of Peter Trego, for 28 from 27 balls to leave Essex on 53 for five in the 10th over.
Captain James Foster and Ryan ten Doeschate attempted to mount a fightback, but Foster chipped a return catch back to George Dockrell to end a promising innings of 26 from 16 balls, and Graham Napier’s dismissal an over later signalled the end with the asking rate now above 12 an over.
Ten Doeschate entertained for a while longer, hitting three sixes during his 24-ball innings, before being last man out – caught in the deep off Lewis Gregory, who came back well from an earlier mauling to finish with four for 39 – with the score on 128 to seal Somerset’s place at Finals Day.
© Cricket World 2012
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