Abell's century allows Somerset edge past Sussex by 10 runs

Tom Abell scored 106 off 117 deliveries for Somerset.
Tom Abell scored 106 off 117 deliveries for Somerset.
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Somerset 237 (Abell 106) beat
Sussex 227 (Groenewald 3-30) by 10 runs
Royal London One-Day Cup, South Group, Taunton

Tom Abell scored a very special century where the second highest score in the game was 39 as Somerset held their nerve to register a 10-run victory over Sussex in the South Group of the Royal London One-Day Cup in Taunton.

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat in a game they hoped would see them move to the top of the group.

The hosts got off to a poor start losing the experience of both Mahela Jayawardene (3) and Peter Trego (0) early, falling to Jofra Archer (5-42), in the third over. Archer, who made his first class debut earlier this month, was the pick of the bowlers taking his maiden one-day five-wicket haul.

Abell’s 106 off 117 balls was the highlight of the Somerset innings, enabling the hosts to reach a total of 237 before losing their final wicket in the 49th over.

Sussex’s reply began poorly with the removal of Philip Salt (0) leaving the hosts one for one, Tim Groenewald (3-30) taking a string of wickets before some resilience in the form of a 61-run partnership between Ajmal Shazhad (39) and Jofra Archer (35).

At 175 for nine Sussex looked to be well beaten by the hosts, but a fightback by Danny Briggs (23 not out) and particularly Will Beer (33 not out) brought Sussex within touching distance, only for them to fall just 11 runs short of their victory target.

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