Glamorgan 289-6 off 47 overs (JA Rudolph 111, MW Goodwin 62, CB Cooke 60, L Gregory 4-48) beat Somerset 207 all out off 40 overs (PD Trego 45, TD Groenewald 32*, ME Trescothick 25, JG Myburgh 24, AWR Barrow 23, MG Hogan 3-19, JAR Harris 2-42, GG Wagg 2-47, DA Cosker 2-50) by 95 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Like the proverbial curate’s egg, Somerset’s Royal London Cup campaign this season has been extremely good in parts, but decidedly average in others.
The emphatic victories over Warwickshire and Middlesex – both in those clubs’ own backyards – and our home win over Durham definitely fall into the former category.
But, sadly a 3,000-strong home crowd at Taunton on Tuesday got to see the other side of Somerset’s one-day form this season as they lost to Glamorgan by 95 runs (under Duckworth-Lewis) in a lacklustre display, struggling against some disciplined bowling and belligerent hitting from the Welsh side.
The result leaves Somerset needing to beat Surrey at the Oval next Wednesday to stand any chance of progressing through to the quarter finals.
Marcus Trescothick won the toss and asked Glamorgan to bat first. With Jacques Rudolph stroking a stylish century off 121 balls, the visitors had reached 236-3 when rain stopped play after 41.5 overs.
Inexplicably, the umpires have no discretion to make up lost time at the end of scheduled play in these group games, so a Duckworth-Lewis calculation was applied for the third time in three home games for Somerset this tournament. Three overs were lost and the match was reduced to 47 overs a side.
Glamorgan extended their score to 289-6 by the end of their innings. Rudolph, who’d gone into the rain break on 99*, reached his century immediately after the resumption and eventually fell to Groenewald – caught by Compton on the midwicket boundary – for 111. He’d faced 129 balls and hit 12 fours.
Rudolph had a fair bit of luck – he played and missed several times, was dropped behind the stumps and got an inside edge he was lucky didn’t roll back onto his stumps. But this was a superb knock which provided the backbone of the Glamorgan innings and allowed his two batting partners Murray Goodwin and Chris Cooke to play two attacking innings and take the match beyond Somerset’s reach.
Goodwin hit a run-a-ball 62 with eight fours and a six and put on 118 with Rudolph in 19.4 overs.
Cooke was even more aggressive, his 60 coming off just 44 balls with nine fours. His partnership with Rudolph was worth 84 runs in exactly 12 overs.
The pick of Somerset’s bowlers was undoubtedly Lewis Gregory who took four wickets for 48 runs in his nine overs and was extremely miserly early on. He conceded just eight runs from his first four overs and accounted for Glamorgan opener Jim Allenby who edged behind to Trego at first slip without scoring.
Gregory later returned to the attack to break the Rudolph/Goodwin partnership. After hitting Gregory for two boundaries, the Zimbabwean skied one off an attempted drive and was caught by Alfonso Thomas at mid-on.
Gregory also picked up two wickets in the penultimate over, firstly having Graham Wagg caught at long-on by Jack Leach and then removing the dangerman Cooke who drove him to Groenewald at mid-off.
Earlier Trego had picked up a wicket in his first over, having Will Bragg caught at slip for 19, and bowled his 10 overs straight through for 51 runs. Leach was generally tidy and was unlucky not to take a wicket in his seven overs, but Thomas had a very rare off day, going for 82 off his 10 overs.
(Somerset bowling figures: Thomas 10-0-82-0, Gregory 9-0-48-4, Groenewald 9-1-43-1, Trego 10-0-51-1, Leach 7-0-43-0, Myburgh 2-0-15-0).
Under the Duckworth Lewis rules, Somerset were set 303 to win in 47 overs and Marcus Trescothick in particular made a bright start, putting on 40 for the first wicket in 6.4 overs with Nick Compton. Compo looked less fluent than his partner and was the first man to go, caught behind off an inside edge off Hogan for 9.
Tres was the next man to go. He had looked in excellent form, playing some glorious trademark cover drives and taking three boundaries off one over from Wagg.
Two overs later though, with the score on 47, he too was back in the pavilion after he was bowled by a near yorker length ball from Hogan.
Ingram, sadly playing his final innings for Somerset this summer after an all too short stay, joined Tregs and the pair advanced the score to 69. However, both found it difficult to score as Glamorgan kept it tight at both ends. Eventually Ingram lost patience and went after one from Allenby, only to top edge an attempted pull shot to Wagg at extra cover for 10.
James Hildreth soon followed, playing another cross-batted shot, as he pulled Wagg to to Allenby at midwicket for 3. Somerset were 84-4 at the end of the 20th over.
Somerset badly needed a partnership and for a while it appeared as if Trego and Alex Barrow would provide it. The pair brought up the 100, with Tregs looking in good form following his recent 100 at Lord’s. But after making 45, Trego got a bottom edge off Wagg onto his stumps and, with the score on 108, became the fifth Somerset wicket to fall. He had faced 60 balls and hit four fours.
Three overs later, the next ball after hitting him for four, Gregory was trapped lbw by Cosker, attempting a reverse sweep and Somerset were 119-6 off 26.5 overs.
Johann Myburgh is certainly not a bad man to have coming in at number 8, but Somerset still needed another 184 more runs to win with only 4 wickets and 20 overs remaining. It was a tall order.
Barrow & Myburgh tried to take the attack to Glamorgan, and made 29 together off 5.2 overs. But due to the match situation, they had to take risks and when Barrow hit Cosker down the ground, he was brilliantly caught in the deep by the sub fielder Gareth Rees for 23. Somerset were 148-7 off 32.1 overs, still needing 155. While there was still some residual hope with Tim Groenewald joining Myburgh, the pair was left with a mountain to climb.
Myburgh smashed Allenby for consecutive fours but two overs later departed attempting another attacking shot, caught on the wide long-on boundary by Wagg off James Harris for 24.
After smashing Harris for two boundaries, Thomas was caught by Wagg at wide mid-on and Somerset were 193-9 off exactly 38 overs.
Jack Leach was the next man in to join Groenewald who finished with an entertaining 32 not out off 26 balls, depositing Cosker into cow corner for six and then smashing Allenby for a six and a four in one over to take Somerset past 200.
The fun was soon over though as Leach was bowled by Hogan without scoring and Somerset were all out for 207, losing by 95 runs under Duckworth-Lewis. To compound things, seven overs of the Somerset innings remained unbowled, which will have a negative impact on our run rate. That could prove crucial later.
This was another below par performance by Somerset on home soil. And, as Dave Nosworthy said afterwards, it was particularly disappointing after some of the performances we’ve seen in the competition so far.
The admirable Lewis Gregory aside, Somerset lacked a bit of discipline with the ball, whereas Glamorgan bowled well and to a plan. Somerset lost wickets too frequently, some of them to some poor shots, clearly the result of the pressure which Glamorgan’s bowlers were exerting.
However all is not lost. Somerset have recorded three comprehensive wins in the competition already – two of them away at Edgbaston and Lord’s and one at home against Durham thanks to that wonderful partnership from Hildreth and Gregory. With the point for a tie at Trent Bridge, Somerset have 7 points in the bag. But in an extremely tight Group B, they need to bring their A game to the Oval next week if they have any hope of reaching the semi final.
At time of writing (Thursday 14 August), Somerset are in fourth place, just ahead of Notts who have the same number of points, but an inferior run rate. However Notts have a game in hand. Glamorgan are just one point behind on 6 and also have a game in hand. We have to hope we win on Wednesday – against basement side Surrey – and that other results go our way.
Afterwards, Somerset Director of Cricket Dave Nosworthy told the official club website: “We haven’t played well at all these last two games and the guys need to take that on the chin and have a deeper look at the way that they are executing at the moment.
“It’s not ideal but we have played some good 50 over cricket this season and have to keep remembering that. However if you don’t look at the recent results and see where you are going wrong then you will remain in trouble.
“We have got one fixture left in this round next week and it’s imperative we put it right.”
Dave added: “It has been a hot and a cold season because we have played games where we have been superb and games where we have been pretty average so it’s an area we discuss and how we ignite and turn in the brains at the right time.”
Somerset: ME Trescothick*, NRD Compton, PD Trego, CA Ingram, JC Hildreth, AWR Barrow†, L Gregory, TD Gronewald, JG Myburgh, AC Thomas, MJ Leach
Glamorgan: JA Rudolph, J Allenby, WD Bragg, MW Goodwin, CB Cooke, GG Wagg, MA Wallace*†, AG Salter, JAR Harris, DA Cosker, MG Hogan