Glamorgan hammer Sussex, Kent hold off Somerset
Sam Northeast cracked a quickfire half-century to help Kent beat Somerset before David Lloyd and Timm van der Gugten starred for Glamorgan in a big win over Sussex in tonight's NatWest T20 Blast action.
Kent's win in a high-scoring encounter in Taunton saw the two sides swap places in the South Group table, Kent moving from eighth to seventh and Somerset dropping down to eighth, only ahead of Hampshire.
Glamorgan's big win over Sussex saw them close the gap to Gloucestershire at the top to two points while at the same time stretching their lead over third-placed Sussex to three points.
NatWest T20 Blast South Group
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Taunton: Kent 187-5 beat Somerset 175-9 by 12 runs
Kent won the toss and chose to bat first, and were off to a quick start as Tom Latham (12) and Joe Denly (35) continued their strong form as a partnership at the top of the order.
After Latham was caught by Jim Allenby off Lewis Gregory (2-32), Sam Northeast entered the fray and blasted a 27-ball half-century, going on to hit nine fours and two sixes in an innings of 75 in 42 balls that looked set to steer Kent towards and even past the 200-run mark.
However, Somerset pulled them back, Roelof van der Merwe taking two brilliant catches to see off Sam Billings (14) and Darren Stevens (12) and Jamie Overton having Northeast caught at cover by Allenby and Kent closed on 187 for five with Alex Blake unbeaten on 26 in 22 balls.
Somerset struggled to get their run chase going and after Johann Myburgh was caught by Northeast off Kagiso Rabada for 12, Darren Stevens struck with his first delivery to have Mahela Jayawardene caught at point by Blake for two.
Peter Trego gave the innings some impetus with a six that landed in the car park and then another boundary to lift the home side to 59 for two after the powerplay. Trego's hitting forced Kent to bring Rabada back in a bid to get a breakthrough and although he slowed things somehwat, Somerset were well placed at 90 for two after 10 overs.
The 11th over was bittersweet for Somerset as Trego completed his 50 but Allenby was bowled for 20 by Fabian Cowdrey next ball. Trego was then given out stumped but Billings called him back having not had the ball in his gloves when the bails were broken.
Trego given out for missed stumping which Billings admits to immediately. Great sportsmanship from the Kent keeper. pic.twitter.com/GF48n7AQ5g— Kent Cricket (@kentcricket) July 7, 2016
At 105 for three after 12 overs, Somerset still needed more than 10 runs per over to win and Kent soon get the prized wicket of Trego when he holed out at long-on for 63 in 34 balls, having cracked eight fours and three sixes.
Needing 64 to win from the final six overs, Michael Leask was run out for 10 and Cowdrey finished with two for 25 - the latest in a string of excellent Twenty20 performances with the ball, and when Stevens returned to bowl Gregory for 17 and Jamie Overton for four, Somerset were struggling at 136 for seven.
Denly then ran out Ryan Davies for one and at 140 for eight in 17 overs, Somerset needed an unlikely 48 to win from three overs and after Tim Groenewald fell, it was 39 they needed from an over apiece from Mitchell Claydon (0-40) and Rabada (1-23).
Somerset 163/9 (19ov). 25 runs required from the last over bowled by Rabada.— Kent Cricket (@kentcricket) July 7, 2016
Roelof van der Merwe gave it his best effort, finishing unbeaten on 24 in 13 balls alongside Max Waller (11 in 8), but Somerset fell 12 runs short as they closed on 175 for nine - an excellent effort but hampered badly by losing clumps of wickets in their chase.
Cardiff: Glamorgan 159-8 beat Sussex 113 by 47 runs
Glamorgan won the toss and chose to bat first, coming up against a star-studded Sussex bowling line-up that included Nuwan Kulasekara, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills and Danny Briggs - internationals all - and Kulasekara struck early to remove Mark Wallace for nine.
Nevertheless, Glamorgan raced to 46 for one in the powerplay, soon after which David Lloyd reached his half-century although it was Will Beer who overshadowed his more illustrious bowling colleagues when he dismissed the in-form Colin Ingram (16) in his first over and along with fellow spinner Chris Nash, kept the batsmen in check for a time.
Glamorgan's century came up in the 12th over and a Jacques Rudolph six into the river Taff brought up a half-century stand with Lloyd for the third wicket.
RIVER BALL | Rudolph sends the ball straight into the River Taf. New ball needed. Glam 123/2 Lloyd 71* Rudolph 20* #GLAvSUS— Glamorgan Cricket (@GlamCricket) July 7, 2016
Jacques Rudolph smashes it into the River Taff.... pic.twitter.com/cMFdKYCcm8— Glamorgan Cricket (@GlamCricket) July 7, 2016
With a new ball supplied, Kulasekara struck to dismiss Rudolph for 24 in 12 balls, caught by Luke Wright, and then straightaway again to have Aneurin Donald caught behind by Craig Cachopa. There was to be no hat-trick and Glamorgan started their last five overs on 136 for four.
Graham Wagg became Kulasekara's fourth wicket when he was caught by Matt Machan for 10 and the Sri Lankan finished with outstanding figures of four for 28.
Lloyd was next to go, caught by Phil Salt off Jordan for 81 in 55 balls, an innings that included 11 fours and two sixes but Glamorgan carried on hitting, passing 150 in the 18th over only to lose Tim van der Gugten (0) and Craig Meschede (3) having done so, Tymal Mills taking two wickets in his third over.
He then conceded just three from his last over, finishing with two for 23 as Glamorgan closed on 159 for eight.
One run came from Sussex's first over before Shaun Tait took his bow with the ball for the home side, after which van der Gugten had Wright caught behind for two.
Sussex limped 18 for two after five overs, losing Chris Nash for four when he was caught by Rudolph off van der Gugten, who then struck again to have Salt caught by Rudolph for nine to leave Sussex at 22 for three.
EIGHT OVERS GONE | Sus 33/3 with Machan 7* and Taylor 6* keeping Sussex hopes alive #GLAvSUS— Glamorgan Cricket (@GlamCricket) July 7, 2016
Machan and Taylor provided some much needed acceleration to steer Sussex to 59 for three after 10 overs only for a Meschede slower ball to do for Taylor (19) three balls later. Machan (20) and Jordan (12) were next to go, to Graham Wagg and Jordan respectively, meaning Kulasekara had to come in with Salt as his runner. The umpires asked Salt to return to the dugout but Rudolph allowed the batsman to have a runner after all.
Runner or no runner, Kulasekara was bowled by Hogan without scoring and chasing big shots to try to keep themselves in the game, Cachopa was caught in the deep for six, leaving Sussex at 86 for eight with five overs to go.
Briggs went for 13 - a career best, but scant consoltaion - as van der Gugten picked up his fourth wicket, and figures of four for 17 before Beer was dismissed by Wagg for 18 to end proceedings.
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