Somerset welcome local rivals and cup holders Gloucestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground on Sunday to open their Royal London One Day Cup campaign.
Somerset made a poor start in last season’s competition but their form did pick-up under captain Jim Allenby so they will be hoping for some good fortune from the off this season.
Director of Cricket Matt Maynard has made some changes from the team that beat Essex in the NatWest t20 Blast and Adam Barrow will keep wicket ahead of Ryan Davies, who has kept well but whose batting remains a concern. Somerset has named a 14-man squad for the game:
Hose, Allenby (c), Myburgh, Trego, Abell, Hildreth, Gregory, van der Merwe, Barrow (wk), C Overton, J Overton, Groenewald, Waller, Leach.
Umpires: Peter Hartley and Jeremy Lloyds
The scorecard on ESPN Cricinfo here
Somerset team: Hose, Allenby (c), Myburgh, Trego, Hildreth, Gregory, van der Merwe, Barrow (wk), C Overton, J Overton, Groenewald
Somerset won the toss and elected to field.
The first five overs were standard fare with Gloucestershire openers Chris Dent and Michael Klinger taking the score to 19-0. But Somerset made a major breakthrough two balls into the sixth over when Craig Overton bowled Klinger, the Gloucester skipper, with a beauty. 23-1.
- South African Gareth Roderick joined Dent, who was slapping the ball about at will, and the two added 28 quick runs to see the visitors passed 50. But Lewis Gregory struck with his 4th ball when he had Roderick brilliantly caught by Roleof van der Merwe at full length. 51-1.
- Hamish Marshall joined Dent and the runs continued with Gloucester looking poised after 16 overs on 94-2 with Dent on 52. But the game turned in 2 balls in the 17th. First Peter Trego bowled Marshall for 14 with a snorter of a ball then Cockbain was brilliantly run out by van der Merwe and the visitors were now 94-4.
- Benny Howell joined Dent and the two dug in hitting a few singles and the odd boundary. The 100 was brought up in the 20th over and the batting was slow but sensible, by 27 overs the total was 130.
- Dent was batting really well and made it to a deserved hundred with a brace off Gregory in the 31st But a few balls later he gave VDM his second catch off Groenewald for 100. 161-5.
- The batting team passed 200 in the 38th over with Howell and Jack Taylor making steady progress. After 40 overs it was 207-5. But Howell was out after 41.2 overs with one hedged to Barrow, who also tried to stump him! This gave VDM his first bowling victim.
- The Dutch international struck again after 43.4 when he had Tom Smith caught by sub Waller near the boundary edge. 218-7.
- Taylor was looking capable, hitting Craig Overton for a big six at one stage. But Jamie got revenge for this when he got the batsman out, caught brilliantly again by VDM for 43. 239-8.
- The innings was wrapped up in the last few overs. First, Payne was caught Trego bowled J Overton for just 3 and the last delivery of the innings saw VDM get a third wicket when he bowled Miles for 16. Matt Taylor was unbeaten on 4 as the innings closed on 260.
- The star for Somerset was van der Merwe with 3 wickets, 3 catches and a run out.
The Somerset reply was not without some complications with two wickets falling in the first 3 overs. First Adam Hose slashed at a wide delivery from Matt Taylor and was caught by Klinger in the slips and then the in-form Tregs was caught by Howell off Payne for just 2. Somerset 15-2 after 3.
- Skipper Allenby entered the game and hit 2x4s in one Taylor over to ease nerves. Alongside Myburgh he took the score to 76-2 after 15 overs. But a few balls later he was out bowled Howell for 29. Somerset 79-3.
- Myburgh was batting well and dominating the Somerset charge. With Hildreth at the crease things looked easy for Somerset as the two batted their team into a very strong position. Myburgh passed 50 in the 23rd over and at the halfway stage Somerset were 116-3. All looking good. With Mybs looking set for a hundred he got out caught Howell bowled Dent for 81. He had hit 9×4 1×6 and Somerset were now 166-4.
- Lewis Gregory came and went quickly getting himself run out needlessly for just 6. It was 177-5 now and nerves were being tested.
- When Hildreth offered a simple caught and bowled to Smith it looked like Somerset were throwing in the towel. Hildy had scored 48 but at 181-6 the game was evenly poised.
- Within four balls the game was looking like it would be Gloucestershire’s. First VDM was bowled trying to slog one from Smith having scored 3 then Craig Overton was bowled by Howell for 1 with a delivery that appeared to stay a bit low. 187-8 and big trouble for Somerset.
- Alex Barrow had been recalled to the starting line-up and needed runs to make a case for his permanent inclusion but this didn’t happen. He was bowled Payne for 2 and Somerset were 198-9 having been 132-3 at one stage. The rather rotund lady was clearing her throat as this looked all over. Somerset needing 63 runs and Gloucestershire 1 wicket.
- Jamie Overton hit his first ball faced for four off Payne to bring up the 200. A few balls later he carved Miles for 6 before Tim Groenewald did the same off Payne. By the end of over 44 it was 219-9.
- In the next 2 overs the last wicket pair hit 23 runs. Groeners smacking Miles for consecutive 4s before hitting Payne for 6 again. 46 overs gone and it was 242-9 and an unlikely victory looked possible.
- The boundaries stopped and he next 3 overs went for 6, 3 and 7. Somerset were 258-9 going into the last over – just 3 needed. With the third ball of that over Jamie carved Miles back over his head for 4 and the game was won. What a magnificent win against the local rivals and trophy holders. Overton was 40* and Groeners 34* at the end – amazing.
- That incredible partnership of 65 is the 2nd highest 10th wicket stand to win a game of List-A cricket ever!
Somerset beat Gloucestershire by 1 wicket with 3 balls remaining.
Men of the match: Jamie Overton and Tim Groenewald.