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Vitality Blast 2022 Somerset vs Derbyshire, 4th Quarter-Final: Somerset win by a record 191 runs

Somerset recorded the highest total ever in English domestic cricket T20 cricket, smashing 265 for five in a 191-run Vitality Blast quarter-final mauling of Derbyshire Falcons at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. 

Match Summary

Somerset vs Derbyshire, 4th Quarter-Final, Vitality Blast

Somerset 265/5 (20 ov)

Derbyshire 74/10 (11.2 ov)

Result - Somerset won by 191 runs


Rilee Rossouw led the way with 93 off 36 balls, with 7 sixes and 8 fours, becoming Somerset’s most prolific scorer in a T20 season with 600 at an average of 50, with a strike rate of 197.36. 

Tom Banton weighed in with 73 from 41 deliveries, while Tom Lammonby laced 31 from nine as the Falcons bowlers, with the notable exception of George Scrimshaw (two for 16), were put to the sword. 

Leg-spinner Mattie McKiernan went for 82 in his four overs, the most expensive figures in men’s T20 cricket history, including 36 off one, which saw Rossouw crack 5 sixes and a four. 

In reply, the shellshocked visitors crashed to 74 all out, giving Somerset the biggest margin of victory in the shortest format of the game in this country. 

There was little sign of the carnage to come when the Falcons won the toss and Scrimshaw bowled the first over from the River End at a cost of only four runs. 

But by the end of the six-over powerplay, Somerset had posted 55, Will Smeed falling for 18 and Banton going well. 

There was a big moment in the seventh over, sent down by Mark Watt, when Banton, on 29, was badly dropped at backward point by Ben Aitchison. 

It was a mistake the Falcons could ill-afford on a true batting pitch in unbroken sunshine. Rossouw was soon into his stride as he and Banton took 19 off the tenth over, bowled by Luis Reece, and 21 off the 12th, sent down by McKiernan. 

Banton went to a 33-ball fifty and Rossouw followed him to the same landmark off 24 deliveries in a partnership that added 102 in 8.2 overs. 

It ended when Banton, who had just lofted Hughes for successive sixes, was caught at long-off, having cleared the ropes six times and struck 4 fours. 

Rossouw then hit McKiernan for 6,6,4,6,6,6 in the 15th over, a sequence only interrupted by a no-ball off the fourth delivery. 

Even when the South African was caught at deep mid-wicket, there was no respite for Derbyshire, as Lammonby struck Aitchison for 4,4,6,4,6 in the 18th over. 

Somerset went past the previous T20 record score in England, 261 for two by the Birmingham Bears against Nottinghamshire last month, with Ben Green’s two sixes off the third and fourth balls of the final over. 

The hosts scored 185 off the last 11 overs of their innings. But Scrimshaw could hold his head high, bowling four testing overs out of all context with the innings. 

Any miniscule doubt about the outcome disappeared when Derbyshire slumped to 42 for four after six overs. 

Harry Came fell to Craig Overton before Peter Siddle sent back Reece and Leus du Plooy, with the third and fifth balls of the fourth over. 

The Aussie seamer claimed a third wicket when Hilton Cartwright was caught off a mistimed pull. 

It was 43 for five when Brooke Guest was bowled by Lewis Gregory and the best the Falcons could hope for was to avoid defeat by an embarrassing margin. 

They couldn’t do so. Wayne Madsen, on 14, drove a catch to mid-off to give Gregory a second wicket and Green removed Alex Hughes and Watt with successive balls in the tenth over. 

An embarrassing mix-up with McKiernan saw Aitchison run out. And when McKeirnan skied a catch off Green, it completed a nightmare evening for the Falcons and their supporters. 



Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: "You are always striving for the perfect performance and I guess that was it, as near as dammit.

"Believe it or not, I still don't believe we have peaked as a team. But it was an incredibly comprehensive victory. Tom Banton and Will Smeed set the platform because dealing with new ball can be tricky here and then we saw Rilee Rossouw play a really special innings.

"I knew we were more than capable of posting that sort of score. When everything comes together like that it is incredibly satisfying and at the halfway stage we were very happy.

"The danger when you are playing well is that players go too hard too soon and there was great maturity about the way Banton and Rossouw approached their innings. We have been brilliant with the ball all through the competition and now we go to Finals Day with real momentum."


Derbyshire head coach Mickey Arthur said: "It was embarrassing. We are not happy with simply reaching quarter-finals and tonight we didn't execute our skills. We were tentative, didn't field well and didn't nail our skills with the ball, with the exception of George Scrimshaw, who was outstanding.

"It was very disappointing because I felt we bottled it. To have any chance after conceding so many runs, we had to take the powerplay down, but it proved way too much for us.

"We decided to bowl first because it was a fresh pitch and we thought we might get most out of it, particularly if we struck early. We had a chance to get Banton out and, had we taken it, we might have found ourselves chasing 170 or 180. That was the plan, but it didn't work out."

Playing XIs

Somerset Tom Banton (WK), Rilee Rossouw,Tom Abell (C), Will Smeed, Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Ben Green, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Peter Siddle, Josh Davey

Derbyshire: Brooke Guest (WK), Wayne Madsen, Harry Came, Luis Reece, Leus du Plooy (C), Hilton Cartwright, Alex Hughes, Matt McKiernan, Mark Watt, George Scrimshaw, Ben Aitchison

Match details
Toss: Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bowl
Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, Taunton
Start time: 19.00 hrs UK time
Match officials: Ben Debenham, Neil Mallender (On-field Umpires);  (TV Umpire);  Peter Such (Match-referee)

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