Somerset fall 24 runs short of record 430-run chase in quarter-final

Dean Elgar's knock went in vain for Somerset
Dean Elgar's knock went in vain for Somerset

Nottinghamshire 429-9 (Taylor 154) beat
Somerset 405 (Elgar 91) by 24 runs
Quarter-Final, Royal London Cup, Taunton

Nottinghamshire survived a scare from Somerset as they managed to win the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final by just 24 runs despite posting 429 runs on the board in Taunton.

Somerset had two more overs in their chase but were bowled out for 405 runs in 48 overs. Chasing over eight runs per over from the outset is never an easy task and it becomes even tougher when they lose early wickets.

Skipper Jake Allenby (18) and Sam Davies (4) fell cheaply but Johann Myburgh (44) played a brilliant 19-ball cameo to set the tone for the innings. The momentum was carry forwarded by Dean Elgar (91) and Peter Trego (66), who shared 155 runs between them that came off just 96 deliveries.

Even though, both Elgar and Trego fell in quick succession, Somerset never looked out of the game with contributions from Rob van der Merwe (43) and Luke Gregory (26). In the end, Jamie Overton (40) played a 26-ball cameo to bring down the target to 25 runs from 13 deliveries before Stuart Broad (2-83) ran him out.

Earlier, Brendan Taylor (154) was instrumental in helping Nottinghamshire post 429 on the board while there were useful contributions from Samit Patel (66) and Riki Wessels (81). Gregory (4-60) picked a four-wicket haul for Somerset despite the onslaught from Nottinghamshire batsmen.

Nottinghamshire will now take on Essex in the first semi-final in Chelmsford on Friday.

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