Cider Watch: Regan blitz seals T20 area cup for St Andrews

James Regan scored 44 in the SF

NatWest Club Area T20 Cup Final – Bath CC v Taunton St Andrews CC- Sunday 20 July 2014

Bath CC 142-7 (Hankins 35, O’Leary 35, Croker 32, Regan 2-21, Wadham 2-23) lost to Taunton St Andrews 143-3 (Regan 81, Parsons 30 not out) by seven wickets

Somerset’s James Regan smashed an incredible innings of 81 off just 53 balls to win the West of England area T20 Cup Final for Taunton St Andrews on Sunday.

Captaining the side and opening the innings for St Andrews at North Parade, Regan blasted 12 fours and two sixes as he made small work of a Bath total of 142-7.

His opening stand with Steve Jenkins (16) was worth 65 in 8.3 overs and he then put on a further 63 for the second wicket with Kevin Parsons at a rapid nine runs an over.

By the time Regan was stumped with the score on 128-2, St Andrews were just 15 runs from victory with 4.1 overs still remaining.

St Andrews lost one further wicket, but Parsons (30*) calmly saw his side home with two overs to spare to win by seven wickets.

Earlier Bath never really recovered from losing early wickets, their third wicket falling to the first ball after the powerplay with just 33 on the board. The first of those three wickets was Somerset Academy youngster Tim Rouse (8), who became the first of two victims for Regan the bowler. James – who keeps wicket in premier league cricket for St Andrews and shares keeping duties with Alex Barrow for Somerset Seconds – bowls for St Andrews in T20 instead.

George Hankins and Max O’Leary, then staged something of a fightback, both making 35 and putting on 59 for the fourth wicket.

Reece Croker (32) and Luke Padgett (9) also put on 37 for the sixth wicket to ensure the Bath bowlers would have something to bowl at. After Croker was out, Regan took Bath’s seventh wicket, having Padgett caught behind and finished with figures of 4-0-21-2. Joe Wadham also took two wickets for 23, while Lloyd Alley took 1-27.

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Regan’s two wickets capped a superb all-round performance. Together with an excellent run of form with the bat for Somerset Seconds and for St Andrews in the Premier League, maybe he could provide the missing link in Somerset’s full T20 side?

Not surprisingly, St Andrews certainly think so, praising their man in a series of tweets after the game: “One serious serious effort… Chased down 142-3 off 17 overs! #champions @reganja23 different gravy! 81! @KevinParsons7 30* #calmhead”

They tweeted us at The InCider: “@reganja23 was a gun!!!!! #batandball #somersetcalling”

James himself tweeted: “What a bunch of lads and what a huge effort soo happy for them #nationalt20 #winners” and “Thankyou to everyone who came @TSA_CC #proudcaptain #teameffort”

Kevin Parsons tweeted: “been lucky enough to be part of some amazing days for TSA but today was one of the best with an amazing group of lads. Thank u.”

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Club chairman Richard Brice tweeted: “So proud of @TSA_CC and @reganja23 who skippered the side and led from the front #astar”

Following this area final, St Andrews now go through to the regional finals on Sunday August 10 when there will be four teams involved, with semis and a final. The venue is still to be announced. St Andrews have heard that they will be playing the Welsh champions in their semi. The InCider wishes them all the best.

Links: Bath CC 1st XI v Taunton St Andrews CC

http://tauntonstandrews.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=12060778