Saturday June 4th 2016, Offchurch Cricket Club
Warwickshire 213-7 declared (22.2 overs, L Sugg 95, J Hollingsworth 42, E Hossell 4-34, R Crisp 2-38), Somerset 199 all out (35.4 overs, E Hossell 145, L Sugg 5-21, J Hollingsworth 3-41)
Warwickshire win by 14 runs
Ed Hossell’s heroics weren’t enough to prevent Somerset from a narrow 14 run defeat to reigning league champions Warwickshire despite an outstanding all round performance taking 4-34 and smashing 145.
Somerset won the toss and elected to field first, a decision which looked bad when Justin Hollingsworth plundered sixteen from the first over, but with the first ball of the second Rob Crisp had Mark Turnham caught by Ed Hossell at extra cover. This brought Luke Sugg in to join Hollingsworth, with Sugg nearly driving straight to Hossell early on but the ball went just past him. The pair soon demonstrated why they are two of the best batsman on the circuit, punishing anything short with Sugg in particular hitting several sixes over the square leg boundary. Steve Cook, Graham Glover and Adam White were all in for punishment from the England duo, with Somerset a man down in the field when Mikey Contreras slipped in the fifth over and injured his knee and had to go off. Crisp then claimed his second wicket having Hollingsworth caught by Cook for 42 off 30 having put on 86 with Sugg.
This brought Asif Ali to the crease and the onslaught continued, but at the same time the half chances failed to stick. Crisp dropped Sugg with two difficult chances, before Ed Hossell claimed the first of his four wickets, bowling Asif Ali for a breezy 26 off 22 balls, before finally removing Sugg five short of what would have been a deserved century from just 69 balls, falling to a good catch from Hossell off his own bowling. Hassan Ali was bowled for four the same over, before Rob Crisp ran out Gary Holmes and Hossell claimed his fourth by bowling Aiden Reilly first ball to prompt the Warwickshire declaration in the 23rd over, leaving Somerset needing 214 for victory from 27 overs. Warwickshire lost their last four wickets for just three runs as Hossell ended up with 4-34 from 6.1 overs.
After a fantastic tea, Ed Hossell and Rob Crisp got the Somerset innings underway, with Hossell very much the aggressor of the two. Hostel was dropped by Sugg at short fine leg but aside from that the pair looked relatively untroubled bar an optimistic lbw appeal against Crisp, as the pair passed 100 without loss. In the 15th over, Aiden Reilly came on to bowl the last over before drinks, Crisp was dropped by Hassan Ali at mid on first ball, but Warwickshire’s anguish was short lived as later in the over Crisp was run out from a direct hit from the third man boundary by Asif Ali coming back for a second for a sedate 19 out of the partnership of 112. Nevertheless, the openers had set a solid platform in the run chase, with 102 needed from 22 overs.
Steve Cook was bowled by Sugg for 2 before Martin Hallett hang around with Hossell, who was really starting to cut loose. Mark Turnham in particular was in for punishment, going for 89 from his nine wicketless overs, with Hossell sweeping and reverse sweeping well. Hallett was then well caught by Turnham off the bowling of Hollingsworth, before Kathryn Jelfs-White was caught behind by Gerald Porter first ball. Heidi Linegar was then caught by Porter off Sugg’s bowling as 151-2 became 152-5 but Alan Mabey hang around with Hossell before he was bowled by Sugg with the score on 184.
By the time Sugg claimed his fourth wicket having Adam White caught by Hollingsworth, Somerset were just 17 away from victory with just under five overs to go and three wickets in hand, and, crucially, with Hossell still at the crease.
Unfortunately just two runs later Graham Glover was run out, before disaster struck as Sugg claimed his fifth wicket of the match, bowling Hossell as he was looking to reverse sweep, a shot which had brought him so much success in his outstanding 145 from just 101 balls including 19 fours and a six. With Somerset needing to survive three overs to rescue a draw, an injured Mikey Contreras hobbled out to join Phil Frounks. Contreras blocked out Sugg, before four balls into the penultimate over Hollingsworth bowled Frounks as Somerset lost their last four wickets for two runs and ended up falling 14 runs short. Hollingsworth ended up with 3-41 whilst Sugg took 5-21 from 13 overs.