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Somerset VICC impress against the Tykes

Sunday May 15 2016

Yorkshire 95 all out (25.3 overs, G Ferguson 48, E Hossell 3-8), Somerset 96-2 (16.4 overs, R Crisp 38 not out, S Cook 28)

Somerset win by eight wickets

Somerset earned themselves a trip to Gloucestershire in the quarter-finals of the British Blind Sport Cup after cruising to an eight wicket victory against Yorkshire at North Curry Cricket Club.

Having won the toss and elected to field first, Somerset got off to a brilliant start when Ed Hossell trapped Taf Naqvi leg before wicket halfway through the second over after the opener had whipped Hossell for four through square leg the ball before. Things got even better for Somerset in the following over, as fellow opener Dom Whyte was run out without scoring, before Rory Hossell bowled Nick Killeen the following ball, to leave Yorkshire in a precarious position at 5-3.

Atif Rafiq and George Ferguson steadied the ship, with Ferguson hitting Steve Cook for a couple of aerial boundaries through the covers. In attempting to copy his partner, Rafiq skied Cook to Rob Crisp at cover, who took a good catch running backwards. Martin Wilson then hit Cook to Rory Hossell at mid-on to fall for a duck, before Jordan Swann was bowled by Ed Hossell for 1 to leave the visitors on 39-6.

Ferguson was unperturbed, Cook in particular the victim of some savage blows, including a four through deep mid-wicket which Ed Hossell couldn’t quite reach. In captain John Garbett, Ferguson finally found a partner willing to hang around, as the visiting captain dug his heels in, one swipe through mid-on aside.

Finally, home skipper Crisp dismissed his opposite number for four, Cook taking a smart catch at silly point, breaking up a partnership of 37, easily Yorkshire’s biggest in the innings. Ferguson was the next wicket to fall, hitting Graham Glover to Ed Hossell on the deep square leg boundary for a defiant 48 from 59 balls.

The opening bowlers returned to mop up the tail, with Rory Hossell bowling Liam Bradley for 1 and Ed Hossell bowling Dean Wilcox for 2 to see Yorkshire fall to 95 all out. Rory finished with 2-15 from his six overs whilst Ed finished with 3-8 from 4.3 overs.

Somerset, fresh after collapsing to 55 all out the previous week against Lancashire, would have feared the worst in the second over after Ed Hossell skied one down mid on’s throat to fall for six.

Somerset needn’t have worried though, as Steve Cook joined Rob Crisp and between them the pair steadily kept the scoreboard ticking over, running well and taking the score past 50 without alarm, with Cook sweeping well, finding the fine leg boundary. After a restrained start, Crisp began to cut loose, cover driving the dangerous Naqvi for four before whipping away Dom Whyte to the leg side for two fours in an over.

Somerset appeared to be cruising for victory before Cook was bowled by Naqvi for 28, having put on 75 with his captain and leaving just ten for victory. Rory Hossell arrived at the crease and hit the winning runs as Somerset completed an eight wicket victory, Crisp unbeaten on 38 at the other end.